Exercise is one of the most important parts of overall health. However, it can be hard to find time to get to the gym, and gym memberships can be expensive when you're on a budget. Luckily, there are many ways to fit fitness into your life. Almost everywhere you go, there are ways to keep fit — you just have to keep an open mind.
Walk Instead of Drive
Walking is an economical and simple way to get a great workout. Don’t take the car for errands unless you really need to; if you can walk to the library or convenience store, do that instead. You can also get exercise by walking when you’d otherwise be sitting somewhere: if you’re at your child’s soccer game, for instance, you could walk up and down the sidelines. If you’re on a long call on your cell phone, take a walk around the yard or the neighborhood.
Discover Kitchen Fitness
When you imagine what you have in your cupboard, “free weights” might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But add a little bit of imagination to your fitness routine, and when you open up the pantry that’s exactly what you’ll see. Canned foods are perfect for doing lots of reps of curls and other arm exercises. If you have enough space, while you're waiting for dinner to be ready you can work your lower body by doing lunges and squats. With all exercises, make sure you’ve practiced first with a trainer.
Take the Stairs
Taking the stairs is simple, so why do some people avoid it? Very few exercises are as good for your muscles, heart and lungs as doing a couple flights of stairs, so it’s definitely worth the effort. If you work on a very high floor, just get off the elevator a little early and walk the last few flights so you don’t overwork yourself.
If you live fewer than five miles from where you work, you might be able to get there on a bike. You’ll save on gas money as well as get fit. Remember to stay safe — respect the rules of the road and don’t take risks like riding in bad weather.
Keep Free Weights in the Car
If you spend a lot of time running errands or taking kids to and from activities, keep a pair of small free weights in the car. When you’re waiting for the kids to get out of an activity, or when you’re about to get out of the car to run an errand, do a few quick sets of curls. You can also use tension balls or grips to work on your hand and wrist strength. Check with your doctor or trainer to see which exercises are right for you, and always keep safety first.
Getting fit doesn’t need to take a lot of time or money. You can fit it into your daily routine almost anywhere. If you train yourself to stay active, you’ll start finding ways to exercise without even thinking about it.