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The average monthly cost of a gym membership is $58 – and, in some cases, in the hundreds! Yet, 67% of the members don’t even make it to the gym – each wasting an average of $700 every year in unused gym membership fees. And with so many ways to exercise for free!
Here are some free and cheap ways to exercise without a gym membership
1. Stream your Workouts and Exercise for FREE!
YouTube, for example, has a ton of free workouts to pick from. Find them by simply searching for “free workouts” on the YouTube search bar.
You’ll also find great workout options on both Netflix and Hulu!
If you still use cable, chances are you have free workouts to choose from too!
2. Subscribe to a Workout Streaming Service
If free streaming options are not for you, consider a subscription service. There are many to choose from.
And many for under $10 per month – which is still a huge savings over the average gym membership. Plus, you won’t have to drive anywhere!
3. Use Fitness DVDs
The convenience of having your own fitness DVDs is that you always know what you have – you won’t waste time choosing a workout or sitting through ads.
I only get DVDs with short exercise segments. Exercising in 10-minute increments works best with my attention span.
And the best thing is that exercise DVDs doesn’t have to cost a fortune!
Borrow fitness videos from your library
Many public libraries lend fitness videos. FREE – or, rather, prepaid with your tax dollars.
A short drive (or bike!) to the library for exercise videos every so often will help you save money on fitness and stay in shape.
And, while you’re there, get to know your library and find other ways to save money that they may have.
Don’t want to drive? Many libraries let their members “check out” streaming video, including exercise videos. Check with your library.
Buy used exercise DVDs
This is how I’ve gotten most of my exercise DVDs. Most people buy exercise videos with good intentions, but rarely get around to using them so they’re usually in good condition.
Check yard sales, thrift stores, Craigslist, Ebay or any of the gazillion community selling groups for secondhand DVDs. You’ll save money over new.
I won’t pay more than $1 for a used exercise video.
4. Get Fit in your Own Home Gym
This may cost a little bit more up front, but will be cheaper than a gym membership in the long run. Especially if you buy used equipment.
Like used exercise videos, secondhand equipment is usually rarely used, if at all.
Plus, when you buy used, if you end up not liking it or tiring out of it, you can typically resell it for what you paid for.
5. Head Outdoors to Get in Shape!
I exercise better outdoors than indoors. As it turns out, it’s super easy for me to hit the stop button on an exercise machine. But if I’m walking or running outside, I can’t just quit when I’m bored. I still need to make it back to where I started from. This means a better workout for me.
Walking or running is about the least expensive form of exercise you can do. For the cost of a pair of sneakers, you can get started.
And most of us have access to a safe walking area by our home, office or nearby park. Whether it’s a zen run by yourself or a chatty run with a buddy, heading outdoors is a great way to stay in shape.
Lastly, if group sports are what motivate you, try community sites like Meetup.com to find active groups in your area. As a bonus, you’ll probably make new friends!