We can all exercise for free. Sometimes, people will try to find excuses for not exercising. They will say that they don’t have any spare money for those expensive gyms.
Considering the worldwide economic situation, this might be true. Still, this is not an excuse for not exercising. If you really want to exercise, you can decide to do so in your home. For home exercises you have multiple solutions, like: buy a DVD with a complete workout program and watch it and practice it at home; watch TV shows dedicated to exercising, make some notes of how to practice and you are good to go; there are dozen of free videos available online for pretty much all type of exercises and so on. All this allows you to exercise for free.
You must also think that exercises will actually help you save money. You might be wondering how is that possible. We all have been fed the lie that exercises are expensive. Well, this is because media usually promotes expensive forms of exercises, which can be sold to consumers for a profit. You have probably see dozen of commercials for all sort of gyms, equipment etc. You probably don’t see a lot of commercial on walking for example as an exercise or other methods you can use to exercise for free, because companies cannot really make a profit out of this.
To realize the potential exercises have in helping you save money, just think of how much you are spending in two distinct areas: food and medical care. How many medical problems like high cholesterol and blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease problems do you have? Which of them are related to your weight according to your physician?
Just talk to your physician and he will be able to recommend a fitness plan that will include both exercises and a healthy eating program and ways in which you can exercise for free. Many of the diseases we mentioned above can be reversed if you follow a good fitness plan including exercises and healthy eating. If you take this plan seriously, you will start to see that your medical bills will be reduces, you will spend less on food (home made natural vegetables and fruits are a lot cheaper than unhealthy foods like junk food you eat at fast food restaurants etc.) Cent by cent, this will add up at the end of the month. The most important advantage is that you will be feel better, you will be more active, more sociable etc.
So, if you think this matter through, you will realize that there’s actually no reason for not starting to exercise. So, get out of your comfort zone and start exercising and finding ways that allow you to exercise for free.
Here are some examples of great ways that allow you to exercise for free:
1. Exercise for free by walking before and after work
Walking is one of the easiest ways to exercise and get fit. Think of it this way: each step you take, means you burn more calories and burning more calories means you are doing a great thing for your health and body. Research has demonstrated that walking is also great for your mental health as well.
If you have a car, try parking it at 10-15 minute walking distance from you office. If you don’t have a car, make sure you design a route that will allow you to walk at least 10-15 minutes to your office and back. By doing so, the morning walk will motivate you and will prepare you for the working day, while the end of the day walk will help you relax, reduce stress, commute from business thinking to social thinking that is needed at home.
Jogging is similar to walking is many ways. Its recommended wear a more sportive outfit when jogging as it involves more effort as compared to walking.
Running is probably one of the most effective exercises. It is also one of the most popular as its practically available for everyone. When running, its very important to schedule a routine: how many times per week, location, what distance, what intensity etc. As you improve, increase the pace you run at and the distance. Warning: if you have back problems, its best to consult a specialized doctor before starting this exercise as running increase the pressure on your spine. In this case, biking can replace running as it involved a circular movement without putting pressure on your spine.
4. Weight training
This exercise is very useful especially when trying to build stronger muscles. If you don’t have a set of weights, you can replace them with water bottles, use bricks in a bag etc. Just search the internet for some examples of how to correctly perform weight exercises and you are all set. Again, if you have back problems you might have to avoid such exercises.
Dancing its fun. Just play your favorite music at home and start dancing. As you progress, just increase the intensity and the time of the exercise.
This is another very popular exercise. It increases core strength and flexibility. There are a lot of TV and online shows that allow you to practice in a correct manner.
There are a lot of little things you can do to exercise and improve your health. Things like walking up and down the stairs instead of taking the elevator, stretch and move for a few minutes every one or two hours when at the office and so on.