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Getting fit and keeping fit has a wide range of benefits in terms of overall health and general well-being. It doesn’t have to involve a lot of money either, there are plenty of exercise options for those whose budget doesn’t stretch to the gym.
Walking is possibly the most basic exercise of all and it’s very good for you. For those who want to keep track of their fitness, pedometers can be bought very cheaply, in fact people with smartphones can download them for free. Other than a pair of sensible shoes, walking requires no special equipment and can be done anywhere at any time. You can even walk on the spot indoors if the weather is bad or if you’re really short of time.
For those who haven’t been on a bike since their childhood, there is thankfully a lot of truth in the old saying “It’s like riding a bike, you never forget once you’ve learned”. Many people find that they can literally start peddling again as if they’d never taken a break. While buying a bike is an up-front cost, it needn’t be an expensive one. There are plenty of second-hand bikes available at reasonable prices and these are typically more than adequate for general leisure cycling and gentle commuting. Bicycles can also be bought with the help of the “Cycle to work” scheme, so if you are in employment, it’s worth asking about this, even if your company doesn’t already offer it as it’s very easy to set up. Cycling is not only good for you, it can save you money. For those looking to keep costs down, this site has a wide range of resources on how to budget.
Boxers have used skipping in their training for years as it is a great form of aerobic exercise. It’s become increasingly popular as a general workout and there are now a variety of DVDs and online videos available to inspire those who want to do more than just jump. The best way to find these is to search under the U.S. term “jump rope” rather than the British term “skipping rope”. The great news for those with limited exercise space is that there are now ropeless skipping ropes, which have weights attached instead of a rope. This gives users the same workout as with a standard skipping rope but is much better for smaller spaces. The best search terms to use to find these are “cordless skipping rope” and “cordless jump rope”. These often have digital meters in them to count the calories burned for extra motivation.
If you don’t have a garden, or if you’ve created a low-maintenance garden, then it’s still possible to get some free, green-fingered exercise by signing up as a volunteer in a public garden. There are plenty of them around the country, even in the middle of cities and they welcome extra help. Alternatively, you could just offer to help out those who find it difficult to do heavy work such as digging, for example elderly people. Again, there are often local charities who can help co-ordinate this.
Workout DVDs cover all kinds of exercises from straightforward aerobic workouts to stretching and many different kinds of dance. It’s worth looking at reviews before buying one since the sheer volume of them means that there is wide difference in the quality of the best and the worst. The best DVDs will have instructors who understand that people exercising at home may need a bit of extra motivation to keep going on their own and will have a good presenting style as well as a good workout.
There are lots of ways to keep fit without having to spend a lot of money on monthly gym memberships. Keeping a tight budget will help you make the most of your money and adding exercise to your daily routine will help keep you healthy too.
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