Improving your well-being shouldn’t cost much, whether in your diet or workout routine. Previously, we talked about how growing our own peas helped us save money. Likewise, adequate exercise is possible without burning a hole through your pocket. The cost of a gym membership, on average, can set you back by $507. Although gyms provide access to structured workouts and a variety of training materials, it isn’t sustainable to regularly pay a lot of money just to shed a few pounds or build muscle mass.
Fortunately, working out isn’t limited to pricey gym memberships. You can opt for cost-free physical activities. This way, you can even tailor them to fit your goals. In this article, we’ve listed four that are guaranteed to be effective.
1. Doing home workouts
In a study on the intersection between gyms and social pressure, low self-image among members was observed in these environments. Gyms can be viewed as a space for performance and show, which is why you can feel discouraged or intimidated from participating in the workout. Some people even end up buying gym outfits that don’t do anything for their performance. Home workouts eliminate feelings of social pressure. If you wanted to explore getting a gym membership but are afraid it is out of your comfort zone, consider doing it at home. If you’re interested in Zumba, for example, you can look up free videos on YouTube. Zumba exercise is beneficial for your flexibility, leg strength, motor balance, and respiratory endurance — no matter where you do it.
Aside from steep fees, the physical act of going to the gym can be hard if you have a busy schedule. Luckily, walking can provide you with the right amount of activity you need at any time. We recommend that you put in the necessary number of steps. Walking 10,000 steps a day can help you store less body fat, stabilize blood sugar and strengthen your heart. In fact, there’s evident research that those with a daily 10,000 step counter will have a bigger stroke volume. With greater aerobic capacity, you can impede disease risk. Ultimately, walking is a free and efficient way to bolster your body’s condition.
If going on leisurely bike rides is one of your hobbies, why not do it more often? When you’re already utilizing home workouts, and feel the need to switch things up, cons-intensity interval training (HIIT) typically combines various sets of exercise, like cardio workouts or calisthenics. With cycling, a HIIT workout can require you to first cycle against high resistance, then move on to full-body calisthenics moves such as jump squats or kettlebell swings. A study on cycle-based high-intensity training shows that cycling can not only decrease fat mass, but can also help improve your muscle endurance as well. These advantages definitely reflect the results gym memberships promise you.
Yoga nourishes your mind and soul; it also has a host of benefits for your body. The activity can address specific health conditions like arthritis, back pain, and neck pain. It can also promote better flexibility, joint health, and muscle tone. Yoga can easily be adapted to your fitness routine without going to the gym. There are plenty of free resources online to get you started. Once you’ve chosen an instructional video, the workout can be done either in your room or outdoors, depending on your mood for the day. The great thing about doing yoga at home is that you can utilize a thick sheet instead of buying expensive mats. So long as you have the space to move around, you can create your own yoga studio.