Get fit without the gym
Many of us want to get fitter but without having to pay for an expensive gym membership. With the rising cost of living coupled with stagnating wages the gym isn’t the only option for busy families. It is estimated that 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week is enough to keep you fit and healthy and helps to combat chronic illnesses like coronary heart-disease and type 2 diabetes. So I’ve put together a few options that dispel the myth that an expensive gym membership is the only way to achieve your goals!
The great outdoors
This is a great option for the whole family that encompasses many different activities. Pull on your hiking boots and explore the great outdoors a gentle walk or a more demanding hill climb is a great way to get out amongst the fresh air and elements and re-connect with the natural landscape.
A gentle mountain bike ride is a terrific family activity that generally has a low impact on the body rentals are available year round if you do not own your own wheels. Alternatively you could pick up your own second hand bike free of charge from websites like freecycle.
This weekend I’m making my way up Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft! I’m only planning on making it halfway in celebration of my 70 pound weight loss – but by next summer I’m going to the top! I keep working harder, getting stronger! This has been a lifetime dream to do!
Join a team
Signing up for your local sports team will not only help you regain your fitness, it will introduce you to a whole new social circle. Although it depends on your personality, (mainly if you’re as competitive as I am!) and how far you want to push yourself joining your local Softball, Football, Rugby or Netball team is a sure fire way of shedding the pounds in a fun structured environment.
Swimming is a great choice when getting back into fitness. Most pools offer classes for those wanting to improve technique, child and parent sessions are another fun way to introduce the little ones to a vital life skill that can keep them active for years to come. At a fraction of the price of a visit to the gym it’s a no brainer for families operating on a budget.
Cue the music
Dancing is my final choice that may raise a few eyebrows. The last few years have see rise in the number and type of classes available. Street Dance, Zumba, Ballet, Contemporary, Salsa, Ballroom to tap. The list is endless which is great for those of us who can now find the perfect class a block or two away. Whatever your flavour, pull on your dancing shoes and start making fitness fun again!
Talk to me: How do you get fit on a budget?