A lot of people makes excuses for not working out. The three biggest excuses I hear from potential clients are time, money, and space. I'm going to put all three of those excuses to rest with this article by giving you almost free ways to workout. Actually, some are free and the rest are low cost equipment that you can easily purchase.
Cheap Gym Membership
Some people just need the routine of going to a gym, but gym memberships can be expensive. Luckily there is a low cost gym that everyone can afford - Planet Fitness. They offer memberships for only $10 per month. If you go for their full package, called the Black Card, which includes access to a private TV room, massage bed, and tanning booth (before tanning, read this) it still costs as little as $20 per month. With rates that low, and more locations popping up there isn't really any excuse for not signing up. Find a location near you by clicking here.
Body Weight Workouts
Nothing beats the tried and true method of using your own body-weight for workouts. A simple routine of push ups and sit ups combined with aerobic walking or running will keep your body running like a well oiled machine. Sure, you need to make sure your diet is in check - but simple body-weight exercises have been used for centuries to keep athletes in peak physical form. These exercises are also the basis for military boot camps so it's pretty obvious that you can get a great workout without spending any money. If you decide that you would like to up your workouts by adding some lost cost equipment, check out some of the items below.
Pull Up Bar
Pull ups are an advanced exercise for a lot of people, but they are a great way to build back muscles and work the whole upper body. The only way to master pull ups is by practicing them and building the strength to add one more rep every couple of sessions. Adding a door way pull up bar is a good way to practice your technique a few reps at a time. I have a pull up bar in my bedroom and use it to help stretch by back in the morning. Here's a link to a low cost one from Amazon.
Sometimes weather keeps you from getting outside, or you just don't feel like going for a walk after a long day at work. That doesn't mean you get get in some good cardio from the comfort of your home or apartment. An adjustable stair step is a great piece of workout equipment that is low cost and most are adjustable so you can add height as you advance in your workouts. I have an adjustable stair step that I keep in my living room and use it while watching TV. It's also a great piece of equipment for beginners because you can do just a few minutes at a time as you build endurance. Check out your options by clicking here.
Now this isn't a piece of equipment that you can keep in the house, but if you have a yard or outdoor area - old tires are an easy to find piece of fitness equipment that doesn't cost a lot of money. They also come in plenty of sizes which means a variety of weights. Giant tractor size tires are a popular piece of equipment for the cross fit crowd and workout boot camps. You will probably need to hunt to find one of those, but smaller passenger car and truck tires are easily available from a local tire shop. They pay a fee to dispose of them, so they should be willing to let you have one. You could also ask to keep one or two the next time you buy new tires.
Workouts on the Go: Jump Rope and Fitness Bands
You should keep your workout schedule even when traveling for work or vacation. Obviously, you can't take a gym with you - but you can take small portable equipment like a jump rope or fitness band. These will fit in any suitcase, and if you combine these items with body weight exercises it's easy to get a gym equivalent workout on the go. Jump ropes are even available in weighted varieties that make it tougher to swing, so you get more of a muscle workout. Fitness bands also come in a variety of resistances so you can increase the muscle activation as you progress.
Brooke Bailey is a personal trainer, masseuse, and student in health and wellness.
She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Follow her on Facebook.