How To Stay In Shape Without Spending Much Cash
By Winston Takeda
Most people would love to get into shape. The idea of standing in front of the mirror without a shirt and seeing some well ripped muscles is something everybody dreams of. However, most of us don’t have a lot of extra time. And in case you’ve been on another planet for the last few years, the economy isn’t doing so hot. That means if you’re shopping around for a gym to join, you might be surprised at the prices. This may be off putting to some people. However, with some effort and creativity, you can get into shape without spending too much money. In this article, you are going to learn just that.
If you absolutely, positively, must get yourself into a weight room of some sort, consider a smaller, privately owned gym, instead of one of those big chains. While the big chains are nice, with their hot tubs and saunas, you really are going there for the weights. That small gym downtown might be the perfect place for you.
If you’ve got some space, you can build up your own weight set over time. You really only need to spend about twenty bucks a month or so to build up an impressive set. Start with some dumbbells, as a simple bench, and then a barbell later on.
The cheapest way to get in shape is to simply get out and pound the pavement every day. You can either run, jog, or walk. All you need is a decent pair of shoes, and you’re good to go. A fifty dollar pair will last you six months, so you won’t be spending too much per year. This is also a great way to reduce stress, give yourself some alone time, and create those amazing endorphins that everybody has been talking about.
Yoga is also a great way to work out. There’s plenty of videos on YouTube showing you just what to do. Just pick a few poses and go through them every morning or evening, and you’ll be in tip top shape in no time. The good thing about this is there’s literally zero investment. Just use some loose fitting clothes and workout on the carpet, and you’re good to go. Of course, there’s plenty of mats and balls and other accessories you can buy later if you really get into it.
If you check out your local library, there’s plenty of fitness DVDs you can check out. They’ve probably got enough so that it will take you a while to cycle through all of them, giving you plenty of variety. Just like yoga, this is virtually free to get started.
When you think about it, getting in shape is all about priorities, and has nothing to do with finances. Now that excuse is out of the way, you are free to embark on a lifelong journey of exercise. Have fun!