Exercise on a Budget

Nothing is more frustrating than hearing people’s weight loss stories and finding out that there’s an expensive diet or fitness plan behind it. Not everyone can afford all these fancy weight-loss gimmicks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t lose weight anyway. Getting creative with things can be just as effective as any plan you could pay for, you just need to dedicate yourself to it. Make your own weight-loss plan, and use these easy tricks to work out on a budget.

Get Outside

When the weather is nice exercise outdoor
When the weather is nice exercise outdoor
When the weather is nice, there’s no better place to exercise than your own back yard! If you don’t have a back yard, don’t sweat it. Every area has parks around where you can spend time and work out for free. Even if it’s just getting up early and talking a walk, or working in some lunges while you go, any bit of exercise is worth it. Not to mention, the outside air can really help improve your mood. Staying inside all day contributes to depression, so getting a bit of sun during your workout will only do you good. If you want to do some weight training, even things like bricks, rocks, and jungle gyms can help you out. You might feel a little silly doing it, but you’ll start seeing results in no time if you do this every day.

Household Helpers

Little did you know, your own house can be a ready-made gym for you, and it never closes. Going up and down stairs is a great way to build endurance and leg muscles, as well as giving you that cardio workout you’ve been wanting. Pumping that up a bit by carrying books when you do it will get you feeling the burn in no time. Do some squats while walking around, do lunges while you pick up the room, and do crunches while you watch TV. These are just little things, but doing them constantly will get you results that are just as good as what you’d get if you paid a ton for it.

Make Friends

04With forums and community centers being so popular these days, it’s easy to make friends with people who want to get fit, just like you. Not only is this a great support system for anyone looking to build up an exercise routine and lose weight, but also it’s a great way to get to borrow some of their equipment. Ask your new friends what workout methods work best for them, and a lot of them will recommend DVD programs, exercise equipment, and all manner of other things. Telling them that you’ve never tried those things will prompt them into offering to let you try it out for yourself. This essentially gets you a workout program without you having to pay a single cent. You can even offer to have a workout party, so that way you at least seem hospitable even if you are mooching off of them a bit. You’ll end up losing more weight and keeping it off if you make friends who are into fitness anyway.