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5 Best Places to Work Out On a Budget

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Stephanie MialkiGuest Blogger
May 18, 2016 · 2.1k Views

Being active and getting in shape should not mean, and does not mean, that you have to break the bank to do so. Let’s face it, most gym memberships are outrageously expensive these days. With a little knowledge and creativity, though, it’s quite easy to still get a good workout in without resorting to the costly, state-of-the-art fitness facilities. Rather than burning a gaping hole in your pocket, try shifting your attention to any of these cheap or even free places to work out within your community.


1. Parks and Playgrounds

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Playgrounds aren’t just for kids! Believe it or not, they are actually pretty perfect for adults looking to exercise as well! And the best part is, it doesn’t cost a cent! Most parks and playgrounds are conducive to a wide variety of exercises. Paths can be used for walking, jogging, running, biking, skating, and the like. Using the monkey bars the “normal” way is great for building arm and shoulder strength. You can also use them to do dips or push-ups if you’re feeling extra daring. Try hanging from them upside-down and pulling yourself up using your core for a great ab workout. Swings are great for lunges and core workouts as well. Many parks these days are even equipped with adult-style jungle gyms, including bars for pull-ups and dips, jump boxes, and benches for incline push-ups or various ab workouts. Whether or not it’s meant for exercising, you can easily turn any park or playground into your own fun and effective gym!

2. Beaches

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Beaches are awesome for working out, and once again… they’re usually free! Have you ever tried doing cardio in the sand? It is much harder and MUCH more effective than doing it on solid ground! Running, walking, and jumping in the sand is a great way to burn more calories without having to increase your incline or speed up your pace. The beach is perfect for low-intensity and low-impact workouts as well, such as yoga and pilates. These exercises are great beach exercises, primarily because of the atmosphere that the beach offers. For an ideal yoga or pilates atmosphere, try going to the beach early in the morning or late in the evening, as this is when there are the least amount of people around and you can truly focus on yourself and your fitness.

3. Public Schools

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It’s never too late to go back to school, especially if all you want to do is workout! Typically, the outside of public schools - elementary schools, high schools, and colleges - is not off limits to the public, so anyone can use the track, the playground, the bleachers, and whatever else the outside of the school has to offer. Almost all schools have a track, which is perfect for all types of cardio. If the school has a set of bleachers or stairs, sprint up them for some intense cardio, or lunge up them for an awesome leg workout. If you’re at an elementary school and there is a playground, feel free to use the playground equipment as workout equipment as mentioned earlier.

4. Gyms

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Yes, most gym memberships are outrageously expensive. There are others out there though, that are actually quite reasonably priced. Planet Fitness, for example, offers a $10 per month membership, and often offers a promotion to waive the sign-up fee. In addition, every YMCA and YWCA offers financial assistance based on individual income, family size, and other various circumstances. Many large cities contain city-funded fitness facilities that are much easier on your wallet and don’t lock you into a binding contract. Search the web for different gyms throughout your city to see which ones are within your price range, and consider asking about discounts for families, veterans, seniors, etc.

5. Home

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It really doesn’t get much simpler than working out in your own home. From buying workout DVDs to streaming workouts through your TV, tablet, or phone, the possibilities for at-home workouts are pretty much endless in this day and age. There are tons of popular workout DVDs that you can purchase from the store. There are also many that you can stream through Netflix or other purchased channels on your TV. If you’d rather not spend any money at all, there are countless YouTube videos and series that you can search for and follow along with. Find an ideal spot on the floor right in front of your TV, choose your desired program, and get to work!

This all goes to show that losing weight, getting in shape, and staying fit doesn’t have to be super expensive. With the right resources and the necessary equipment, workouts outside the gym can be just as effective as any workout inside the gym. Yes, you may miss out on the sauna or hot tub included in the luxurious fitness facility, but your wallet will certainly be glad you made the sensible decision.



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Stephanie Mialki is a mommy of two under two, a fitness enthusiast, and a digital marketing guru. She spends all of her spare time….oh wait, what spare time? She has a passion for business building and has successfully assisted more than 20 entrepreneurs start their own companies.

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