We all know sometimes keeping fit can feel like a chore, and even worse sometimes it can even seem like it’s putting a strain on your budget. Luckily there are lots of ways to keep fit without having to pay a gym membership, make any major investments in at-home gym equipment or purchase any expensive gear.

  1. Get Outside!

Just going outside to exercise, whether you’re biking, jogging, walking, pushing the stroller, roller blading or doing Yoga, is probably the most affordable way to keep in shape. There are no membership fees, the fresh air is great for your body and you might even meet some new friends. It is also a great way to get your family involved in fitness too. You can play a game of catch, have a race or obstacle course, play Frisbee and lots more—the possibilities are endless.

  1. Buy Used Equipment

Gym equipment can be great to have at home. It makes working out super convenient, but these machines can be pretty expensive. The best way to get great deals on gym equipment is by checking out garage sales, online classifieds sites like Craigslist and even eBay (you can limit to show only those in your local area). Gyms occasional replace their equipment so you can always call around to see if they are going to be having a sale of their older equipment.

  1. Use the Buddy System

Personal trainers can be very expensive, so why not just buddy up with a friend or family member. You can encourage each other in your work outs, build workout plans together and keep each other from skipping workouts. Studies have shown that working out with a friend can also make you feel better mentally than if you were to work out alone.

  1. Clean House

According to the American Cancer Society, you can burn up to 430 calories during an hour of heavy cleaning. So not only will you be burning calories and even improving muscle tone, but you will also be left with a feeling of accomplishment and you’re house will be spotless!  It’s a win win!

  1. Design a Boot Camp

You can design your own boot camp program to do on your own or with friends. Simply choose 10 exercises, like push ups, tricep dips, squats, crunches or lunges. Then start your boot camp workout by doing a 10 minute cardio warm up which could be jogging, jump roping, aerobics or even dancing. Then it is time to get some fitness in! You’ll do the set of exercises, spending one minute doing each different exercise. Once you’ve done them all you can repeat the circuit two or three more times and end with a 10 minute cardio cool down.

  1. Workout Videos

Yes, some workout routine videos can be somewhat pricey, but there are lot of cheaper alternatives. Check used video stores online like eBay or its sister company for some really great deals on video programs from Pilates and Yoga to circuit training and dance workouts. There are two other alternatives that are completely free. YouTube has tons of different workout videos including well-known systems and self-made videos by personal trainers and fitness gurus. You can also check out exercise videos from your local public library. Check out Skinny Mom’s YouTube Channel here. We have a lot of amazing exercise routines coming to Skinny Mom TV soon!