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13 Ways to Get Your Workout for Free (Or Almost)

Posted by on Mar. 16, 2015 at 7:50 AM
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13 Ways to Get Your Workout for Free (Or Almost)

by Jeanne Sager

running with dogs

The number of Americans working out at the gym has gone down in spades since 2008 due to raising costs.

But the battle of the bulge hasn't quit just because your wallet is slimmer these days. Here's your excuse to act like a cheapskate ... it's GOOD for you:

1. Take a free yoga class: Thousands of studios offer a week of free classes. If there are enough studios in your town, you could get a whole month out of that.

2. Ask the gym for a discount: Yes, they're struggling too. If they want to keep your business, they can work for it.

3. Volunteer as a partner for a dance class: Dancing can be an incredible workout (have you ever seen the legs on those ladies on Dancing With the Stars?), but having a partner is key. Show up at guest dance night at the local studio and see who else is there. People go looking for people who love to dance -- and you might find someone willing to split the cost (or spring for the whole thing).

4. Contact your local school: As long as there is no school-related event going on, some districts allow taxpayers to use the athletic fields for free (hey, you're paying for maintenance). Which could mean a nice track to run on or a place to play soccer with your besties completely gratis.

5. Volunteer as a kids' coach or get a job as a referee: A youth soccer referee spends 90 minutes running. And you can get paid to do it.

6. Hit the park: Pick up soccer games are just waiting for you to join in.

7. Take the dog out for a run: I'm the type of person who can't exercise alone -- I get the social animal issue -- but how many times have you used the "I have no one to walk/run/etc. with" excuse ... then walked to the door and let the dog out to pee alone.

8. Check with the library: A host of libraries are incorporating free yoga and Pilates classes into their patron programming because of the public obesity crisis.

9. Join a nature hiking group: Hiking burns calories too -- and gives you sexy calf muscles from all those uphill climbs. And whoever saw a yellow-bellied warbler at the gym?

10. Use the videos: If you have a cable subscription, flip around for a workout channel or hit the library for free video rentals. If you're bored with yours, check with friends and trade.

11. Hit the apparel shops: To convince you to buy their clothes, places like Lululemon offer free classes.

12. Use the kids' playground: It's open, it's free, and you can do chin-ups, push-ups, and more.

13. Hit the local kids' football stadium: Run steps on the bleachers for nada.

Needless to say there's plenty you can do at home too for nothing. But if you need to get out of the house to get a workout, don't say you're too broke.

What's your secret for cutting workout costs?

by on Mar. 16, 2015 at 7:50 AM
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by on Mar. 16, 2015 at 7:52 AM

I use Fitness Blender on Youtube. They have great videos.

We as a family are into cycling, so now that the weather is better we can go on rides. 

We have  nice Metroparks in the area with tons of great trails for biking and hiking.

I also have an elliptical and bike trainer in the basement for cold weather months.

by on Mar. 16, 2015 at 3:01 PM
There are so many countless ways to get a good workout for free! I think people get so hung up on the stuff that's advertised, rather than being a little creative. I use a fitness app that costs $8/month, but that's because I'm very bad at structure and putting a workout together. So after I get the hang of this, ill cancel my subscription most likely and then go on my own 😊
by Darby on Mar. 18, 2015 at 5:56 AM

Good ideas!  I run outside:)

by Member on Mar. 23, 2015 at 6:50 AM

I actually use Pinterest.

I pin exercises on my board and then create my own exercise plan.I am never bored and target the areas I need.

by Bronze Member on Mar. 23, 2015 at 8:10 PM
I run outside in the wide open spaces. I have two runs that i incorporate. My fat blasting run is running up a steep, very big hill and then running about a mile and half once reach the top. Second run is my longer flat run. It is a 3 mile run with a hill towards the end of it.
Soooo fun! Then directly after i shred abs and lower body fat by doing all different kinds of floor exercises. All for free!! I have good old fashioned pushups to be very effective. Almost time to go for a run...
by Member on Mar. 23, 2015 at 8:35 PM
I do different activities with a pedometer on. I clean or play outside with my son.
by on Mar. 23, 2015 at 10:04 PM

 l love hiking, riding my bike, taking walks with my dog and children, I also like videos

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