Home Fitness On A Budget
Busy schedule has prompted
most to do their fitness routines outside the confines of a
commercial fitness center. But that is not the only
reason why many do not enroll to a gym anymore. Budget has now
become one of the main reasons why for some, it is most
practical to exercise at home. Here are some of the things you can do to stay in
shape without having to pay for a membership and spend time
commuting to your gym.
Contrary to what most people think, hiking is not a weekend
activity. And not because you carry a backpack that can hold
all your survival stuffs means that you have to stay overnight
on the trail. Hiking can be a regular exercise routine, which
can be done several hours a day on your free day, especially if
live near hiking parks and trails. Hiking is free and can burn
as much as 550 calories per hour.
Walking. Jogging. Running.
Putting on your rubber shoes and going around the
neighborhood may not be as adventuresome as hiking in parks and
trails, but you can still get almost the same health benefits
and physical fitness. A good hour of walking can burn up to 380
calories. Jogging and running can burn much more than that.
However, the main disadvantage of walking around the
neighborhood is you cannot do it all throughout the year. When
the weather is bad or if the winter season has begun, you
cannot simply go out and run around the neighborhood (this is
the reason why treadmill is so popular). Still, it is still
better to maximize the warm days by walking or jogging around
the neighborhood than just sitting on your couch and do
nothing. Plus, it is free.
Over the past years, home videos have vastly improved
creating quality and very useful training techniques that often
require little or no equipment. From $10 to $30, you can get
professionally made workout DVD regardless of your fitness
level. Take note: do not be too concerned of the celebrities
that endorse these products. What you should be looking out for
is if the instructional video is created by a credible fitness
Use your existing exercise machine.
It is estimated that 80% of exercise equipment bought in the
United States is not used after the first year. This stunning
figure only equates to one thing: if you are consider buying
new exercise equipment, you are more likely to stop using it
after some time. And if you have bought one before, you
probably still have it somewhere in your house. That leaves us
to the question, do your really need to buy a new one? If you
already have existing equipment and if it is functioning well,
use it again. There’s nothing wrong with using old exercise
equipment. What is wrong is actually buying a new one knowing
that you can still use something.
Buy the basics
Having a treadmill or an elliptical trainer at home is cool
but that doesn’t mean that you must buy one. Remember that they
only simulate activities you can do outdoors so you can always
choose to forego buying any one of these if you cannot afford
to buy one. Just buy the basics like weights, exercise mat and
exercise ball. They all provide various workout techniques but
do not cost as much.