Staying active and getting the proper exercise you need can be a struggle, especially if you spend 40 hours/week at a desk like I do. Sometimes when I get off work I’m tired mentally and even physically a little bit. The last thing on my mind is how I can squeeze a workout in at the gym. Nevertheless I do push myself to get up and do something active at least 3-4 times per week because the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle can pose serious risks to one’s health. The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability explain this in more detail here.
If you’re not a big fan of traditional workouts like me, you’re probably looking for something fun and easy to do. An activity that doesn’t break the bank is also a plus. Here are a few fun and frugal ways to stay active and increase movement every week.
Join a Community Yoga Class
Yoga is an enjoyable activity that has been rising in popularity in the U.S. As a result, new yoga studios are popping up everywhere in most communities. You can take advantage of that by signing up for discounted classes at new local yoga studios or participating in weekly community yoga classes that are often free. Check to see if your city offers any free yoga classes.
If not, don’t worry. Classes are usually not that expensive and a lot of studios offer discounts if you sign up for several classes or bring a friend with you. And hey, some channels even air yoga sessions early in the morning so you can exercise from home. If you’re a beginner, this is a great way to try yoga out to see how you like it. Yoga is more than a popular fad. It’s a perfect way to stay fit, improve posture, relax, and relieve stress.
Become a Zumba Instructor
Zumba is a group fitness class that gets you up and keeps you moving by involving dance movements to catchy Latin inspired rhythms. At a Zumba class it’s not about being the best dancer or even having rhythm (we’re all bad dancers in my class lol). It’s about keeping your energy level up while moving constantly and breaking a sweat to burn a ton of calories. The best way to save money on Zumba classes is to become an instructor yourself. Anyone can become a certified Zumba instructor and your investment for the certification and training can easily be paid back to you once you start getting paid to lead your own Zumba class.
Volunteer to Coach a Sport
If you have any kids, nieces or nephews in town, or if you don’t mind hanging out with kids, coaching a lower level sport might be a good idea. Some lower level coaches have the opportunity to get paid which is a bonus, but most are volunteers. This past fall my boyfriend and I volunteered to coach my son’s Pre K basketball team on the weekends for 1 hour that included a 30 minute practice followed by a 30 minute game. After the first few games I was sooooo happy that I volunteered. I met some great kids and found a new way to stay active that was far from boring. When you coach a lower level sport, you don’t have to be an expert on the sport and expectations are very low. At that level it’s all about getting active, improving skills and having a great time.
Participate in Outdoor Sports and Activities
Outdoor sports and activities like basketball, beach volleyball, badminton, and soccer are super fun and relatively cheap to play. If you can find a community park with an open court or just play in a yard, the only thing you’ll need to pay for initially is equipment. There are plenty of activities you can do solo outdoors if the weather permits in your area. Over the summer I spent some time eyeing the Goodwill for cheap rollerblades so I could rollerblade along the bike trail by my house. After I found a nice pair for $4, I was all set!
It may not seem like it but outdoor activities and sports can allow you burn way more calories than you would in the gym counting down the minutes on a boring elliptical. When I played basketball in high school, I burned at least 550 calories within the first hour; no wonder why I was so skinny back then 🙂
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Get Fit With Friends at Home Using an App
There’s an app for everything these days. So I’m happy to say, if you’re looking for a new and interesting way to get fit, THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT! A few weeks ago, my sister introduced me to the Nike+ Training Club also known as NTC (not an affiliate link). NTC is a free app that lets women (sorry guys) meet their fitness goals through convenient personal training sessions they can use anywhere, anytime. The app has various different training programs led by Nike Master Trainers and pro athletes allowing you to customize a weekly program to fit your time constraints and fitness goals. Did I mention everything is FREE? I like that workouts can be as short as 5-10 minutes or as long 60-90 minutes and the programs are not mandatory. If there’s a particular workout in my program that I’m not ready for I can simply skip over it. NTC can also be streamed to your tablet, TV or any other device to make working out with friends at home that much easier.
What are your favorite fun and frugal ways to stay active? Would you try any of these?
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