When you’re a busy mom, a career woman, or doing both, finding time to do things for yourself can be a task all its own. Getting up extra early, or making time at the end of the day to go to the gym is often the last thing you want to do. Even so, exercise and fitness is often the one thing that you really should be making time for. Developing an exercise habit has not only physical benefits, but mental benefits as well; and making it part of your daily routine can be a great way to get in some me time, before getting back to the daily grind.
Exercise is really important to me and I try and fit in at least 30 minutes of activity every day. I love classes and I try and make it to a class as often as I can, but sometimes I just can’t find the time. When I can’t make it to Orange Theory or a spin class, I am always hunting for great alternatives that I can do at home while the kids are napping or after they go to bed.
Also, when you’re as busy as I am, the drive to gym can be enough to talk yourself out of going all together. Not to mention the cost associated with a gym membership can be anywhere from $50-$150 a month! However, there’s no need to sacrifice physical fitness to save a buck; there are lots of ways to get in a great workout at home, without spending a dime. Take a look at some of these budget-friendly ideas for getting your sweat on!
Fitness Blender is a fitness website run by power couple Kelli and Daniel. Fitness Blender is home to hundreds of workout videos, many of which require no equipment at all, while still guaranteeing a good workout. You can narrow your search by whether you want to do cardio or strength training, what part of the body you’d like to work, fitness level, and video length. They also provide healthy recipes, motivational content, and so much more! The best part about Fitness Blender is that it’s all free! You don’t have to spend a dime to follow along with any of their videos. Not only that, but both Kelli and Daniel are real, inspiring fitness experts who are relatable and fun. Whether you’re just getting started on your fitness journey, or you’ve been in the game for years, Fitness Blender is a great resource!
Yoga is a fabulous way to reduce pain, lower blood pressure, build long lean muscle, and become more in tune with your body. If you’re looking for some alternatives to heavy lifting, or cardio, consider incorporating Yoga into your routine. DoYogaWithMe is an amazing website chock-full of yoga videos for beginners and experts alike. This site provides access to hundreds of videos anywhere from ten to 90 minutes, of relaxing meditative fitness. While a single Yoga session can sometimes be around $20 for a single class, DoYogaWithMe is absolutely free. You can also check out this website to learn how to improve your form in individual poses, as well as to view guided meditation videos!
*If you are brand new to yoga, I recommend first practicing in-person, so you can learn the importance of basic poses and avoid injury.
If you’re looking to get your sweat on without following along to a video, absolutely nothing beats going for a run. Running can be a daunting routine to break into, but it one of the best workouts for exercising all of the muscles in your body. It’s a great workout and you get to decide how long and how much you want to run. Plus it can be done anywhere, at no cost at all; all you need is a trail or a road. If you’re not already a runner, there are lots of resources online for teaching yourself how to ease into it, as well as resources for implementing proper form, finding the right shoes, and setting goals.
You don’t need a boatload of fitness equipment to make your home workout count. A solid set of dumbbells can be added to almost any routine to improve strength throughout the body. While a full set of weights can be not only costly, but also consume a lot of space, you might consider investing in a set of adjustable dumbbells. For less than the cost of a month or two at the gym, you can buy these Power Block weights to improve your at home strength training routine. At 24 pounds a piece, they can be adjusted in three pound increments, and can be used for everything from bicep curls to deadlifts.
Ultimately when it comes to fitness, there’s not need to drop a ton of dough just to drop a couple pounds. You can get a well-rounded, full body fitness routine right in your own home for virtually no cost at all. Check out some of these resources for your next workout, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
If you have any fun at-home, low-cost workouts, I’d love to hear about them!