By April Lewis-Parks
There’s a few weeks left of Summer, so keep your health on the right track by staying fit! The frugal friendly experts at Miss Money Bee have three ways to stay in shape without costing you a penny.
One common problems people face when trying to cut back on their expenses is deciding whether their gym membership and healthy diet are worth the cost. It certainty isn’t cheap to eat organic food AND be able to afford a good gym membership.
No one wants to sacrifice their health by stopping their exercise routine or eating unhealthy, cheap, processed foods.
While slacking off on your active lifestyle may keep more money in your pocketbook now, but it can lead to serious health problems down the road. The good news is that you don’t have to make that sacrifice. You just have to get creative.
There are several alternatives to stay trim and fit and most of them won’t cost you a dime. If you feel like changing up your routine this summer to save money, consider the ways below to get moving and keeping saving.
1. Spend a day in the park
Who says you need a treadmill or stationary bike to get into shape? Spend your mornings in the park running or dust off your old bike and go for a long ride on a bike path. Spending your day in the fresh air and sunshine also has great health benefits for your mood. Do you need motivation? Invite a friend. You can catch up while you walk or jog and then push each other to get through a few sets of push-ups, crunches, lunges and other exercises. You can even use weighted jump ropes and water bottles to add some extra weight.
2. Sign up for outdoor group sessions
Many towns and cities offer outdoor yoga classes for free on certain days of the week. This can be a great way to not only get in a quick weekend workout, but to also meet new people and learn new exercise poses. If your town doesn’t offer free services, consider signing-up for an upcoming 5k or 10k race. The websites that sponsor them typically have training resources and teams you can sign up with that practice together in the weeks leading up to the race.
3. Plant a garden
Food costs for fresh produce tend to decline in the summertime, because most fruits and vegetables are in season. However, if you’re still tired to paying for organic foods, consider planting a little patch of paradise yourself. All you need is a small amount of healthy soil to start a farm-fresh garden. However, if you lack the space outside your home, consider venturing out to a community garden and planting a few abundant and low-maintenance vegetables. Not only will the food be healthier, but the digging and pruning you must do to maintain your garden is a workout in and of itself!