Joining a gym or hiring a trainer can be pricey. But don't let cost get in the way of your workout. There are plenty of inexpensive — and even free — ways to exercise every day.
Experts recommend that most adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity each week. They also suggest strength training at least two days per week.
Try to be ready to work out at any time. Keep exercise gear in the car or at work. You may be able to squeeze in a 10 minute workout when you least expect it.
Here are some ways to fit in exercise on any budget.
» At work
- If you commute on public transportation, try getting off early and walking the extra distance.
- Instead of a 10 minute coffee break, go for a 10 minute brisk walk.
- Walk with a friend on your lunch break.
- If you can, take the stairs at work.
- Walk down the hall to speak with colleagues rather than calling them.
- When you are on the phone, stand up to talk.
» At home
- Rent or buy an exercise video. There are a variety of inexpensive options in stores, libraries and online. Look for exercise programs on commercial television.
- If you live in an apartment building with a workout room or a pool, take advantage of the facilities.
- Walk outdoors if the weather is nice. When the weather is bad, try walking indoors at a mall or on a track.
- Instead of spending money on free weights, use items around the house. Try cans of soup or small bottles of water.
- Buy an exercise band for strength training. They can run between $6 and $20 apiece.
- Mow the lawn with a push lawn mower to increase your physical activity.
- Turn on some music and dance.
» Around town
- At your child's soccer or other sports game, walk up and down the sidelines while you watch.
- Look for nature and outdoor events in your area.
- Take your kids to the playground and join in the fun yourself.
- In parking lots, try to park far away from the entrance and walk the extra distance.
- If you golf, walk the course with your bag rather than ride on the cart.
Updated on 03/01/2014