Sick of paying upwards of $50 a month for a gym membership? Well, maybe there’s a better alternative. Make the world your gym with a little creativity and reap the health benefits without the financial blow.
Here are some fun, free exercise ideas that you can do at home to kickstart your health journey.
1. Make Your Own Weights
If you don’t want to pay for weights but still want to sneak strength training into your routine, repurpose items in your house to use instead.
Empty milk cartons make the perfect hand weights. They already have built-in handles and you can fill them up with water, sand, or marbles to add weight as you go. To find out how heavy you made them, weigh yourself holding them and then subtract your own weight from the total. Try using your homemade weights while doing squats or for bicep curls to take your workout to the next level.
If you like running or walking, it’s a good idea to add ankle weights for some added fitness benefits. Make your own for some added resistance by adding dry rice or sand into an old tube sock (get the instructions here). Plus, you can use them for your wrist too!
2. Take the Stairs
Of course it’s always a bonus to take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator, but if you’re looking for a good, free workout, you’ll need to take it to the new level!
Aside from going up the stairs in general, you should make sure to climb them as fast as possible to work your muscles. If you’re at home, take a few laps up and down the stairs during commercial breaks to get a quick high-intensity move to help build up your leg muscles and get your heart pumping.
Of course you can’t just take the stairs to live a healthier and more fit lifestyle, that’s just one small part that you can supplement your day with. Make sure that you’re trying your hardest to get in 10,000 steps a day.
3. Go Outside
Get distracted by nature so it doesn’t seem like you’re exercising by going on a hike, bike ride, or run in a community park or nature preserve.
If nature isn’t enough to get you out of the house and moving around, make your adventure a photo mission or a Pokémon hunt. As long as it motivates you to get moving, it’ll certainly work! Just make sure you bring a friend along to stay safe.
4. Try Free Classes
A lot of college campuses and even local community centers offer free exercise classes like Yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. Try looking up your area to see if there are any free classes to attend.
Even if you can’t go as often as you’d like, you’ll learn some great new moves and poses to try at home.
5. Join a Team
Joining a sports team can be a great way to get active without feeling the pressure to exercise. There are plenty of leagues for beginners, so don’t worry if you’re new. Bring some friends or plan on making new ones and just play to have fun a break a sweat!