Get Fit & Stay Financially Fit
Over the past week, we’ve talked about the effects of financial stress on our health. While the American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week, it might seem like you have to spend a fortune on boutique gyms and fitness classes to meet this recommendation. However, there are plenty of ways to fit in exercise for free or at a low price!
Not only are walking, running and hiking free, they get you outside, where you can enjoy scenic views, and soak in fresh air, sun and vitamin D. It’s also a great opportunity to leave behind your devices and unplug. Or to bring a friend or family member along if you feel like socializing. If you choose to go on a longer walk, don’t forget to bring water to keep you hydrated and a snack to keep you nourished!
There are also plenty of online videos and apps that are free or charge a small fee, allowing you to work out in the comfort of your own home, at your convenience. In addition, you don’t need to shell out cash for a treadmill or elliptical to work out at home. Resistance bands, dumbbells and jump ropes are inexpensive options you can use in your living room, bedroom, or backyard.
You can also find cheaper fitness classes at your local recreation center. And many of the boutique gyms offer a free class to try it out, so try them all on and see what you like best before forking over the higher fees. Once you find something you enjoy, it may be worth the extra money because you will be more likely to keep it up.
Check out these additional resources from our Coaching Team:
- 3 Simple Ways to Stay Active Every Day
- Why Nature Makes Us Happy
- 10 Easy Ways to Get 10,000 Steps
- Moves That Add Up
*Please consult your doctor before beginning any exercise or physical activity routine.