"Exercising is expensive...". This is one of the lamest excuses people use not to workout. But if you're smart enough, you know that you don't really have to spend money to become physically active. There are plenty of free activities that you can do to keep yourself in tiptop shape. Playing with the kids, gardening, dancing, biking, and using the stairway - all these things can be done without having to spend a penny.
Exercise, which is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, can lower the risk of various ailments including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even some forms of cancer. So before you think that you cannot exercise because you're not rich enough, take a good look at this list that will show you that truly, the best things in life are free including physical exercise.
Do stretching exercises in the morning before you get out of bed. Warm up the muscles first for 5 to 10 minutes before stretching them. Hold each stretch for 15 to 30 seconds. During the day, also take stretch breaks when you're on a coffee break or lunch break at work.
Do household chores that works your muscles and gets your heart rate up is good for you.
- shoveling snow
- washing the car
- raking the leaves
- rearranging the furniture
- pushing the manual lawn mower
- clearing/organizing the garage
- tilling/improving the garden/backyard
- vacuuming/sweeping/scrubbing the floor
Do muscle-conditioning exercises at home such as push-ups and leg lifts. You can also do muscle-strengthening exercises using weights. You don't have to spend money buying dumbbells. You can use cans of food instead.
Walk briskly to work. Instead of driving your car, save money on gas, help the environment, and keep yourself fit by walking to your work. You can also briskly walk to do errands like when you need to go to the grocery store and carry the groceries home.
Dance like no one's watching. Dancing, whether it's hip hop, salsa, or ballroom dancing, is good for you. It works out your entire body and gets your circulation going. So pump up the music and your body.
Walk or run with your dog. Did you know that dogs are better exercise partners than humans? A recent study found that people who exercise with dogs are more efficient in sticking to their exercise routine. Why pay for a gym instructor or aerobic session if you have your dog to work out with?
Spend active times with your kids. Playing actively with children can get you moving. Play tag, hide-and-seek, baseball, basketball, and frisbee with them. This will keep you in top shape as well as give you some quality bonding time with your little ones.
Always take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you work at the 37th floor, you don't have to start with taking the stairs all the way up. Just a couple of floors will do the trick to begin with. Then gradually increase the amount.
Park your car far away from your destination. For example, if you're going to work, park your car a few blocks away from the office so you'll be forced to walk and get the benefit of that morning exercise.