Do any of these sound familiar:
- I can not afford a gym membership.
- Who has time to workout when you have all of these kids?
- I am exhausted.
- Who would watch the kids?
- And who will pay for the sitter while I go workout?
- Life is not about me right now.
Believe me, I understand and I have a mommy solution for you!
Have you ever thought about working out at home?
Ways to Exercise at Home (and on a Budget)
- Check your local recreation center in the city you live in. Often times they offer memberships so inexpensive your chin will hit the floor. The one here in our area offers an annual membership for $50 a year or the whole family (no matter how many kids you have) for $125 per year. Seriously!
- Walk the track at your local public high school. You think it is only walking- what could walking do for me? Well, it is more than you were doing yesterday. Think about it. Small baby steps. (I love going to the high school track and running and so do my kids!)
- If you are a working outside of the home mom, take advantage of your lunch hour– even if it is just to go and walk at the local mall.
- Live near a playground/park/trails? Pop the baby in the stroller and take off. Or, just walk your neighborhood.
- Go to your library and checkout workout DVD’s or videos for FREE! This will allow you to workout at home, anytime of day, with or without children in tow.
- Visit your local used book store– they often carry DVD’s and videos too, for half the price had you bought them new.
- Get some inexpensive workout videos on Amazon.
- Borrow. If your friend has a workout video that gave her great results, ask if you can borrow it. You could at least see if it is a good fit for you before you make the purchase.
- Get bikes for the family– you can build your collection slowly. Likely your kids already have bikes, just you and your spouse/significant other will need one. Check pawn shops, Goodwill, thrift stores, Craigslist, and garage sales for used bikes. (Goodwill recently had an adult bike for $7.50 on half price day.) Bike riding is excellent cardio.
- Have a Wii? Girl, take advantage of that! The workout games are inexpensive and very effective. I have a friend who had great results with this. (Maybe you could discreetly request a gift card to Target or Walmart for your birthday or Mother’s Day.)
- Check You Tube for workout videos. Search for cardio workout videos for example, there are many to choose from. And it’s FREE!
- Get a personal trainer online. It is cheaper than you think and they often provide nutritional guides for you as well.
Other Thrifty Workout Resources
- Need some new Yoga pants and workout tops to get you motivated? You can find this stuff all day long at Goodwill and even thrifty resale shops.
- Time is an issue? Get up before everyone else and start your day with your workout. When I need time to myself I have found getting up an hour earlier than everyone else is like gaining three hours in the day.
Let me know what works for you. How do you get your workout in each day?
What are your budget friendly ideas for getting fit.