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Stay Fit with an Exercise Budget

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Want to stay healthy, but the gym is too expensive or your schedule is just way too busy? Totally understandable. Maybe a gym isn’t for you.

If you are concerned about how expensive it would be to buy your own gym equipment, the great thing about working out is that you don’t need equipment to stay in shape.

You can still look and feel your best with these simple hacks to staying in shape:

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Avoid the Junk Food.

Even though it’s quick and tastes good, fast food and other junk food options contain unhealthy ingredients and a ton of calories. A healthy diet allows your body to consume the proper nutrients to stay healthy.

 

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You can find great workout videos on YouTube.

Using a workout DVD is so old school. If you prefer to workout at home, YouTube is a great way to find various workout programs that fit your style and it’s free! Zumba styled videos are super fun and will definitely have you working up a sweat.

 

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The inside of your house is your gym.

You don’t need fancy equipment to stay in shape, you can be creative in your routine to get a god workout. The combination of squats, push ups, sit ups, crunches, as well as running up and down the steps in your house or apartment are all ways to keep it without using equipment.

 

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Grab your running shoes.

Running is a great way to burn off some calories. If you don’t have running shoes, no worries. Walking is not only a good workout, but it’s a great way to explore your neighborhood.

 

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Check out free or discounted classes.

Groupon and LivingSocial are great sources to find fitness classes for a low price. It’s also a great opportunity to explore new activities.

 

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Less expensive clothes work just as well as fancy clothes.

You can be comfortable, stylish and cheap all at once. You shouldn’t have to feel like you need fancy clothes to work out. If you’re still wearing your high school t-shirt when you’re exercising, that’s perfectly okay.

 

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Swap out dumbbells for household items.

Dumbbells are typically charged per pound. Instead of using dumbbells, you can lift full gallon sized water jugs or pounds of uncooked rice.

 

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Find your local rec center or YMCA.

Recreational centers tend to allow you to use their services for free. Also, YMCAs charge a minimum fee, but these tend to be less than paying full price for membership at most gyms.

 

You can make it a family activity and exercise together. Have a great sweat and stay healthy!