Over the past 2 years I have really grown to love my daily (at home) sweat session. Little by little I have collected quite a bit of home exercise items. Even with all the choices, I sometimes get a little bored and want to mix things up a bit.
The challenge is that I simply CAN’T buy another item! I have run out of room for storing things and then there is the glare of disdain from my hubby that says, “You bought ANOTHER exercise program/equipment?” He couldn’t say anything to me during my last workout that I did at home because the equipment hardly took up any space. All I needed to get started were dumbbells and resistance bands and my traps workout at home started there and then. I definitely felt the full effects of the exercises that I did with them, but after a bit, I decided that I wanted to try something new. I had to find ways that I could beat my workout boredom, not take up any long term space in my house and do it for free!
What a challenge right? Well I put my creative juices to work and figured out how to accomplish my goal.
Maybe you are starting out with no budget or just want to switch things up a bit without breaking the bank. Or maybe you want to try something new but not sure you will like it enough to invest in it.
Whatever the reason, here are my tips on how to exercise for FREE! Alternatively, you could look at different functional fitness tips and tricks that you’re able to keep to at home without any machines or fitness knowledge.
My Favorite YouTube Channels
Body Project I really like this channel because there is something for everyone and the trainers are motivating.
Tone It Up This channel is geared toward women specifically and I LOVE their routines! The videos tend to be shorter so I mix and match them.
Fitness Blender Sometimes these videos can be a little boring or unmotivating so I play my own music in the background. But I always get a stellar workout!
I am not affiliated with these channels in any way! I get no compensation whatsoever for recommending them. I use and truly love them and what they offer.
The Public Library
The library is such an under utilized resource these days. But you can find tons of exercise books and dvd’s to try for free (so long as you return them on time). If you are wanting to learn more about a particular type of workout, like tabata training or yoga, this would be the way to go. There is no huge investment if you decide it isn’t for you and you can easily explore something else.
Another thing I wanted to point out is that sometimes you will come across stuff that was written decades ago, or a first generation dvd workout. Just because something is “older” doesn’t make it bad or inferior. So don’t write something off because of that, exercise doesn’t go out of style!
This may sound like a no-brainer but you would be amazed at how often I hear, “I have no place to workout because I live in the city and can’t afford a gym membership with childcare.”
One thing cities have going for them are the massive amount of sidewalks that wind through them. Yes you may have to stop and wait for a cross walk a few times but you are in fact getting some exercise! So strap those babies in a stroller (or wear them) and hit the pavement.
Sometimes I find walking or running in the middle of a city annoying and want to go somewhere with natural scenery. After doing some research on our area, I found several nature reserves just a couple miles from where we live! These hidden gems also have paths or trails that run through them and the scenery is absolutely beautiful. The best part is that they are FREE!
There are also several state parks nearby but you have to pay to get in, usually 6 bucks per car for the day. Unless you are military then they are free!
Check out what is in your area, you might just be surprised!
Play with Your Kids
As a homeschooling family we can head out to the park during the day when the playgrounds are less crowded. I like to get out there and play with our kids. They think it is hilarious and it encourages them to play even when there aren’t other kids to play with. It also helps me hit our homeschool P.E. requirement.
A few our favorite things to do are:
- monkey bars
- hide and seek
- count how many times we can do something in 5 minutes (run laps, go up and down the slide, back and forth on the monkey bars)
This is a benefit of having fit friends that also like to workout at home. Occasionally we will swap dvd’s we aren’t using. I really like this when I am unsure a particular workout will be a good fit for me. I have to be careful of my arthritic joints so workouts that are high impact and hard to modify are a no-go. I hate to invest in something only to find out that I can’t do it! Luckily I discovered earth dragon organics not long ago, who manufacture a range of natural remedies for things like joint pain, so I’m able to use their balm before and after working out to ease my joint aches and pains. This, teamed with sticking to certain low impact workout DVDs helps me keep on top of it.
Just remember to give the dvd’s back to their rightful owner! We usually agree on a time limit of 6 weeks and then give them back. If I want to keep something longer I will just buy it myself.
Go Back to Basics
Most people have a general knowledge of basic moves to work certain muscles and can get out for a walk or jog a couple times a week. Put that to use and make your OWN routine! If you are really at a loss on what to do head to the library, check out a few books on the subject and go from there.
I hope this gives you a few ideas of how to exercise for free! If you have any creative ways to get some exercise put them in the comments below!