Summer is almost here . . . and there’s that age old saying “beach bodies are made in the winter!” So, it’s time to ditch those donuts and hit the gym so that you look and feel amazing in that new swimsuit. There’s just one problem . . . Gym memberships can be very costly. And for many college students and young adults, high gym costs, hidden membership fees, and annual contracts is just not a realistic option.
But there is hope! There are so many fantastic options for getting in that great workout for absolutely no cost at all. So for all those, like myself on a budget, who want to stay fit and healthy but don’t want to break the bank, take a look at our FREE options for staying lean!
Option #1: Utilize Your School’s Gym
If you are a student, it is very important to utilize your school’s gym. After all, the fee is included in your tuition, so you might as well take advantage of it. Utilizing your school’s gym is a safe and convenient option for working out, with nearly no travel time required. Most colleges have full gyms provided for their students, accompanied with exercise machines, weight lifting areas, and strengthening training equipment. Many colleges also have indoor and outdoor tracks, which are great for running or walking.
Option #2: Take the Long Way to Class
Another great option is utilizing your campus as your own personal workout area. After all, you must go to class anyway, right? So why not use that 15-minute walk to class as a mini workout. Instead of cutting through the student center, try taking the longer route to class and enjoy the warm weather, talk with classmates, or sip on that yummy protein smoothie.
Option #3: Tour Your City
I recently took a tour of my hometown city of Washington D.C. and discovered that there were so many walking and running trails within the city. This is an awesome way to explore your city but also get a great workout in. Did I mention that trails were free! Trails are a great way to experience nature and soak in the beautiful weather.
Option #4: Online Workouts
YouTube has awesome and accessible workouts and the best part is, most of them are completely free! No matter what area of the body you want to work, there is guaranteed workout session design just for you.
- Downloading free workout apps from your phone are great ways to work out on the go or at home. Many apps, develop unique exercise routines that are tailored specifically to your workout needs and will help you stay on track and reach your goals.
Option #5: Workout With Friends
Working out with friends is a unique and exciting way to “mix it up” a bit. Talk about your day or that big test coming up with your friends as you walk around your campus or neighborhood. Instead of driving the 3 blocks to get that healthy sandwich, maybe grab one or two of your closest gal pals and take a nice walk. Friends can also include our four legged friends! Taking your dog for a nice stroll around the block will be greatly beneficial for you and your companion!
We want to hear from you! Let us know how you stay fit and healthy throughout the year?