five ways to get fit on a budget.
One of the top excuses people have for not exercising or leading a healthy active lifestyle is simple: “I can’t afford a gym membership/workout guide etc.” The second excuse? “I don’t have time.” I hate to break it to you folks, but we all have 24 hours in a day and I’m sure you can spare 15-30 minutes of scrolling on Instagram to get your sweat on.
The GOOD news is, you don’t need to break the bank or have a gym membership to get fit. I began my journey into health back when I was a (broke) college student trying to shred the dreaded Freshman 15, run my first 5k race, and kick the horrible partying/eating habits. Yes, a gym membership was included in my tuition but looking back, I rarely ever set foot in there.
In 2017 I’ve committed to running my first half-marathon and will be documenting the journey – training, nutrition, and all things self-care. I’ve dabbled a bit in fitness topics in the ancient days of my blog — you can check out those posts here:
Get Uncomfortable • My first trail running experience | Yoga on The Rocks • Yoga on a slab of hot rock | Surfset Toronto • A full body workout on a surfboard! | Nike Women Toronto Takeover • A recap of the 15k race weekend
This week, we’re kicking things off with 5 ways to get (and stay) fit on a budget. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned gym-goer, it doesn’t hurt to try something new that doesn’t put a hole in your wallet.
1 • NIKE TRAINING CLUB
This app has a special place in my heart. It’s what made me fall in love with fitness and what ultimately helped me see results just after a month. I very much dislike going to the gym and when I first started out, I was too embarrassed to even step foot in one. NTC allows you to get your sweat on in the comfort of your own home. This was a HUGE thing for me, and I know a lot of beginners out there are breathing a sigh of relief. When I was first starting out, I was WAY too intimidated to step foot in a gym. What are all of those machines for and how do I use them without looking stupid?
NTC has dozens of workouts of varying levels that require minimal or no equipment. It also includes function that allows you to create a four week plan that is flexible with your schedule, which is pretty much like having your very own personal trainer…for FREE! The app is available for android and iOS users.
2 • YOUTUBE
If you have an internet connection and a small space to work out, then you can get fit! In the past I have really enjoyed workouts from Blogilates and Kino MacGregor, but there are so many videos out there if you aren’t a pilates or yoga fan.
3 • RUN, FORREST, RUN!
Running isn’t for everyone, but it doesn’t hurt to try! Join a local run club or just hit the pavement solo. It’s as simple as doing a quick google search “Free Run Club (insert your city name here)” Sign up, lace up, and show up. If you’re afraid – don’t be! Run clubs are like a family and they will welcome you with open arms. Beginners are always welcome and highly encouraged!
4 • ENERGY EXCHANGE
Most yoga/fitness studios have an energy exchange program where you volunteer a couple hours a week helping clean up the studio while getting free classes in return. The policies vary between facilities, so reach out to your preferred studio and ask about their energy exchange program.
5 • SVVEAT.COM (Toronto + GTA)
The concept of free fitness classes has skyrocketed in Toronto over the past couple of years. Thanks to Svveat, you can easily find free fitness classes every single day – from lunch time yoga, to barre classes, to resistance training, there’s something for everyone. This concept is wonderful for beginners; it gives you the chance to try different types of classes and workouts and figure out what you enjoy before you decide to invest in a costly membership/class pass, should you decide to do so.
Working out doesn’t have to feel like a chore or feel like a burden on your bank account, so I really hope you guys found this post helpful! If you have any tips you’d like to share or think should be added to this list, feel free to leave a comment or reach out to my via e-mail, Twitter, or Instagram.