Cash doesn't have to be an obstacle to working out. You can get fit for free with these ideas!
Happy Wednesday friends!
April 1st is the perfect time to re-dedicate yourself to a workout program. With the weather finally starting to come around and swimsuit season just around the corner, now is the time to make a plan. Even if you are short on cash there are lots of ways you can workout for free!
Check out my latest YouTube video for some fit and free tips---->
6 Ways to Workout for Free!
1. Run or Walk
Running is one of the simplest ways to get in a killer workout for free! In most cases it is a great way to workout if you are strapped for time because you can walk out your front door and get it done. Even if your neighborhood isn’t great for running, most communities have free parks with clean and safe paved trails to run on. Don't want to run? Walking can also be great exercise. To actually get a workout out of it, walk really fast and carry something heavy!
Yes, you can spend a fortune on running when buying fancy new shoes, race registrations and electronics but you don’t need all of that to get a good workout. You just need a good pair of shoes appropriate for your body and a trail. Running in it’s simplest form is free and magical!
Just getting started running? Try these posts--->
How to Score a Deal on Running/Workout Clothes
2. Outdoor gyms
Local parks are now building outdoor gyms in addition to kiddie playgrounds, fields and trails. Most of the apparatus have signs on them showing you how to use them. If you live locally, Fletcher Park has one.
3. Pinterest/ Blog workouts
The amount of free workouts that require no equipment at all on Pinterest and Fitness Blogs are crazy! I try to publish a new workout at least once a month and many of my workouts require nothing but your own body weight. Find more workouts from Running in a Skirt HERE.
This Rainy Day Home Workout is one of my favorites and you don’t need anything but a little bit of space to get it done!
4. Workout videos on Youtube
In the same vein, there are hundreds of free workout videos on YouTube. I’m hoping to add my own someday, but in the meantime here are two really awesome ones! Totally free!
5. Walking Clubs/Groups
Almost every community has groups of people who get together to walk. You can find the groups through local running shoe stores, medical centers, health clubs or even try Meetup.com! Walking in a group can be a great and free way to start exercising.
6. Play a Sport- Recreation league
Go to the park and play a pickup basketball or volleyball game! On a sunny day in spring you can find them everywhere. If you like more structure, sign up to play on a recreation team. Playing a sport is a fun way to burn calories and stay fit.
So even if you don’t have the money to join a gym or take expensive classes, there are lots of ways you can get in a good workout for free!
I hope to see you tomorrow! I’m sharing a fresh a new smoothie recipe that is ideal for a post workout treat.
Do you ever workout for free?
I run all the time for free and I am a big fan of blog/Pinterest workouts for fresh ideas!
I watched this video last night! Great tips 🙂
Jess @hellotofit says
Running outside is a nice way for me to workout for free 🙂 love this post - great ideas!
Nicole @ Fitful Focus says
Love this! And love you're video :). I'm a huge running fan (obvs) and I also love Pinterest and free fitness apps for workout inspiration.
Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes says
Working out for free usually means at home for me and for some reason I am terrible at getting home workouts done. The kids are always in the way or I find something else more important. I need the accountability of a gym or group class, or group run to push me along. Great post!
These are all great ideas, and as the weather gets warmer, I'm definitely looking forward to doing playground workouts! Yay for appealing to my inner child! 😛
I'm working on #1 right now! I decided to kick start my workout / get back in shape routine with the first of the month, and start small - with walks and light jogs.. Wish me luck!! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com
Hi Julie, I agree working out can have so many different ways to be free or budget friendly. Running is my number one favorite, but I do spend a monthly on Pure Barre class. I just can't give that up, it is way too great of a workout 🙂
Purre Barre is awesome! I do spend money on some classes as well, but it is good to know that I don't have to! Thanks for stopping by today! Great to see you 🙂
Susie @ SuzLyfe says
Saying that you can't do something because of cost is, in my mind, an excuse! Well, I say that knowing that of course there are exceptions, but learn to sew and make your own clothes! Buy produce at farmer's markets and learn to cook! The operative word? LEARN
So true! There is often a way to make it happen!
Love this post! I definitely believe that $$$ shouldn't be a barrier to working out! I've learned to love my at home workouts...and the best form of free fitness, in my book, is taking it outside for a run (which is why I'm so happy spring weather is coming along!)
So true! I'm just glad spring is here!
Danyelle Musselman says
Love outdoor gyms when I can find them... they're fun for the whole family!
They are great fun!
Sommer @ASpicyPerspective says
Awesome ideas Julie for getting into shape! I will definitely be checking out youtube!
Thanks Sommer! Love your new pic!
Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club says
These are some excellent ideas and tips for working out for free. I LOVE FREE!!!! All you need is time. Great video. #wowlinkup
Me too! Now about that time thing....
Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner says
You can find anything on Pinterest!! And of course I love my running group 🙂
I know! Pinterest can solve world peace!
Teresa Hazel says
Great post! I'm a big fan of the free workout. I belong to two running groups that meet weekly & run, then hang out & socialize after. Not only is the run free, but often sponsors will offer giveaways, so sometimes people go home with free shoes or jackets. And local races often offer discounts to our groups as well. I also attend a free weekly boot camp at my church.
That sounds like a great time!!!!! Running with friends and free stuff? You can't beat that!
This is great! I love using playgrounds to workout and am always finding the best workouts via blogs and on youtube!
Thanks Annmarie! Me too!
Thanks Annmarie! Me too!
The Frugal Exerciser says
Love it. Check out my outdoor stair parks article and if you know of one in your area let me know. #wowlinkup http://thefrugalexerciser.blogspot.com/2013/09/free-outdoor-stair-parks.html
Awesome article! Looks like a lot of fun! We don't have one in Asheville, but if I hear of one, I'll let you know.
Heather @Fit n Cookies says
Love all of these options. I admit, I don't utilize Youtube to the full capability! There is also Grokker, which is a free website for workouts, too!
I'll have to look that one up! Thanks for the suggestion.
Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie says
I wanna go to an outside gym! Those look like playgrounds for adults!
I know! So cool!
Great list! I do a lot of these and I have a gym membership, ha! But YouTube is such a great resource as is Pinterest when you're stuck inside. But nothing beats a great walk when the weather is nice!
It is! I have workout gear at home and do spend money on classes sometimes, but it is nice to know I don't have to!
Mary Beth Jackson says
all great ideas! our local college has one of those cool outdoor gyms with all the exercises - I am surprised I don't see more people using it!
I know! Such a great tool!
jill conyers says
No excuse to use no money/too expensive as an excuse to not workout! With the weather we had yesterday anything outdoors is sure to inspire a workout.
Thanks for linking up with Fitness Friday 🙂
I know! It has been so nice here! Spring makes me want to get fit even more!
Blane Sherer says
Great tips Julie. Spring helps too ( smile ).