Skip the Gym

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I bet you’re looking at the title of this post, scratching your head, thinking “This is a frugal lifestyle blog, not a fitness blog”. While yes, you are thinking correctly, this ultimately does tie in with frugality.

If you are one of the many people worldwide who made the resolution to lose weight and get in shape during the new year, this is the blog post for you! Although you may have thought signing up at your local gym would be the best option, there is an alternative out there for you!

Are you a busy mom with little time? Are you self concisous about your body? Do you struggle to find time in your daily life to make it to the gym? If you agreed to any of the above statements, skipping the gym may be the option for you!

In addition to not having the time to make it to the gym, membership fees can get very expensive. For example, my local gym, Snap Fitness, costs roughly $350 per year. Even though the cost may not be super high, that cost can add up year after year. Unfortunately, many people make the resolution to lose weight but fail to stay committed. This means that you paid for a gym membership that will ultimately go to waste.

Instead of hitting the gym, there is the option to workout at home. Before you completely dismiss the idea, read along, and see if this could be the right option for you. Working out in the privacy of your own home can definitely eliminate some of the anxiety and overwhelming feelings you may feel in a gym atmosphere.

Without jumping to assumptions, rest assured that you won’t need to go out and purchase a bunch of equipment. There are plenty of alternatives to standard gym equipment. A lot of at home work outs actually require no equipment  at all. Instead, the exercises just use the natural weight of your body. There is also the option to simply walk. Walking has been proven the easiest form of cardio exercise.

Take a few minutes to search the web (such as Pinterest or YouTube) for at home workouts. You can go into as little or as much detail as you would like. For example, if you want ab workouts, just type in at home ab workouts. YouTube is a goldmine of videos that can provide you with so many different workouts at any level of difficulty, so I definitely recommend that.

I personally follow Blogilates on YouTube as my source of online at home workouts.  They have different levels of difficulty for people at every fitness level.

Regardless of your method of working out, always be sure to stay hydrated, listen to your body, and take rest days when needed.

Cheers to 2017!