Budget Exercise – Spend Less Money While Staying Fit

budget exercise – spend less money while staying fit

Gyms are expensive, so some people think twice about exercising and getting fit. That’s fair – money is important too. Fortunately there are a number of things you can do to make things cheaper, from multi-purpose equipment, to learning exercises that can be done from the comfort of your own home.

Cheap Home Exercise Equipment

home gym must-haves for your home
  • An exercise ball can get your workouts rolling. They are excellent for cardiovascular exercises and they can double as a seat while you’re watching television or working at the computer. They can go for as low as $20.
  • A treadmill might seem costly, but it’s better in the long run. Getting fit isn’t something you can do overnight, so you’ve got to start thinking long-term. It also lets you run when you want, whenever you want. It becomes even more financially efficient if the whole family ends up taking it for a run.
  • Multi-Station gym equipment, at the cheapest, costs around $500. However, it basically functions as a home gym. Again, thinking ahead, it’ll be cheaper for you if you get it, especially if you’re serious about working out.
  • Resistance bands are one of the cheaper options available. They’re easy to use, portable, and can be used anywhere, anytime.
  • Free weights such as dumbbells are much more affordable than entire machines and are more flexible in use. There are dumbbells that are modular in design, allowing you to change up the weight, depending on whether or not you want more resistance.
  • Jump ropes are cheap and multi-purpose. For people with nowhere to run, jumping rope can provide an extensive cardio workout without requiring lots of room. Just make sure that you’re not going to hit any low-hanging lights.

If you’re having trouble finding affordable equipment, there’s always going second-hand. Make sure that whatever you buy looks well loved and that it is still functional. There’s no point in going cheap if you end up spending on the exercise equipment equivalent of a lemon.

Compound Bodyweight Exercises

Exercises such as squats, lunges, and pushups can all give your body the workout it needs without having to spend on expensive equipment. It is incredibly useful for people who want to get healthy but are living on a tight budget. Jumping jacks and knee lifts can fill in the cardiovascular side of the deal.

compound bodyweight exercises

Compound bodyweight exercises, however, are only effective up to a certain point. Getting fit involves resistance. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to work around it.

  • Take Your Time: Do your reps slowly and deliberately. This increases the time your muscles are working and thus makes each exercise more difficult and more effective. Give each rep three to seven seconds and you’ll feel the difference.
  • Step It Up: Alternatively, you can do the exercises a lot faster. Try to set it to a beat or music to keep the rhythm of your exercises consistent.
  • Ad Infinitum: Since you can’t add weight, you can simply add more repetitions to make things more difficult. Try your exercises with timed sets – set a target number of reps per minute. This will keep you and your exercises focused.

Getting fit doesn’t have to be expensive. It might not even have to cost you money. All you need to do is to adjust your expectations.

About the Author

I’m a fitness enthusiast and a part time personal fitness trainer and nutritionist residing in Elmhurst, IL. Over the past 11 years I've spent a lot of my time trying to stay in shape by doing both cardio and strength training.

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