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Ways to Workout

Touring the new gym was eye-opening! The shiny facade lured in new members who were excited to experience the high-cost, top-quality machines and classes. It looked marvelous, but the price was way over my budget!

Gyms are wonderful, but the point to remember is: all I need is an exercise routine to get in shape. My budget for gym memberships is zero. What can I replace a gym membership with in order to get a great workout? There are so many to choose from. And, there’s no reason to only select one method.

The first thing to do is to look around your house for easy ways to exercise:

  • Do you have any exercise equipment? Many of us have things to use: treadmill, free weights, or machines…or check for free equipment on Craigslist.
  • Is there a bike in the garage? Riding around the neighborhood or on some great bike trails can give you a good workout
  • Exercise videos? You can find these at your local library
  • Even easier than videos are Youtube videos – Get free youtube choices in every type: Pilates, Yoga, everything you can imagine. You’ll never get bored!
  • Stairs: indoor or outside, moving up and down stairs will work on the lower body
  • Do you have Amazon Prime? There are literally tons of free exercise routines to stream
  • Free Apps, such as Map My Fitness, can be used on iPhone or Android. There are many more; just search for free exercise apps on your phone.

Get out in nature for other terrific workout options:

  • Walk – whether you walk around your neighborhood, park, or high-school track, walking is a good exercise. If the weather is bad, join the mall walkers to keep moving.
  • Run – running trails can be found in parks or use a track. You might pair up with a friend or join a running group, too.
  • Hike – hiking is great for working out and may bring you to some spectacular views.

I hope you have gotten inspired to workout without any expensive gyms or clubs. What is your favorite frugal way to work out? I’m exercising at home, too. Let’s all get moving!

@2019, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. Please consult your personal physician before beginning any exercise program.

Lisa Ehrman

Lisa has been blogging since 2013, and loves sharing resources and ideas for living a simple life. To get free printables, bonus words, and more - sign up for the newsletter.


Dana Rodriguez · September 30, 2019 at 8:16 pm

These are really great ideas. I enjoy a good walk or hike myself.

    chronicallycontent · September 30, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Thank you, Dana. I hope you’re having nice fall weather to enjoy!

Deborah D · October 1, 2019 at 12:57 am

I love these tips.

Amber Kolb · October 1, 2019 at 7:40 pm

Thank you for the tips!! I love walking and hiking!

Marisela Zuniga · October 3, 2019 at 2:14 am

These are great tips! some great videos to look up are zumba videos, it’s a fun way to exercise

Donna · October 3, 2019 at 9:51 pm

These are very useful ideas! I usually go walking for exercise. I didn’t know Amazon Prime had exercise routines to stream. I’ll have to check that out!

    chronicallycontent · October 4, 2019 at 12:43 am

    I hope you find something that works for you. It’s great to have an indoor option when the winter weather arrives.

Sandy Klocinski · October 4, 2019 at 11:28 am

These are very awesome ideas! I used to workout to Zumba videos but I kind of got out of the habit

    chronicallycontent · October 4, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    I hear great things about Zumba. The classes look like a lot of fun 🙂

Alice F · October 9, 2019 at 4:46 pm

Such creative ways to work out without breaking the bank. I had no idea Amazon Prime had a workout app!

JanD · October 11, 2019 at 1:35 am

I use YouTube to get inspired to exercise.

Laura Donaldson · October 14, 2019 at 2:10 pm

I love all of these tips! Some of them I had thought of, but it gave me a boost to get out there and actually start doing them!! Thanks!

Calvin · March 13, 2020 at 1:01 pm

Good one, lots of free resources you can use. Speaking of the gym.. there’s no one going here right now. Not a single soul.

    Lisa Ehrman · March 13, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    True. I think gyms tend to be germy places on a good day, so I wouldn’t want to be there now.

Michael Coovert · October 26, 2021 at 11:46 pm

Unfortunately I learned this lesson the hard way after spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on gym memberships I rarely used.

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