Staying Fit Without a Gym Membership

Are you looking for a way to save some money?  With today’s difficult economic climate, finding ways to cut expenses from your budget is a must.  As a result, many people are choosing to cancel their gym memberships.  Thankfully, you can still get a good workout and maintain a higher level of health without needing a gym membership.  So, whether you are canceling your membership to save money or because you simply don’t enjoy the gym atmosphere, here’s a look at a few alternatives you can pursue in order to stay in shape without heading to the gym

Set Up a Home Gym

If room allows, setting up a home gym is more convenient than going to a gym and will save you money in the long run.  If your gym membership costs $50 per month, for example, you will save $600 per year by staying home rather than paying for your membership.  If you add in the cost of transportation, your savings will increase even further.  Of course, having your workout equipment at home is also far easier than having to head to a gym every time you want to workout.

Head to the Great Outdoors

Rather than go to the gym to run on the treadmill, head outside for your run.  Not only will this allow you to enjoy the great outdoor weather, it will also help you vary your workout by running on a naturally varied terrain.  Best of all – running outside is free!

Get Sporty

Another way to keep fit while keeping costs down is take up a sport.  Many communities offer tennis courts, basketball courts and even baseball diamonds that are free to public use.  Not only is this less expensive than maintaining a gym membership, it is a great way to stave off boredom while staying fit.  In addition, playing sports offers opportunities to socialize with friends and family.