On Tuesday, I said I’d cover how to fulfill common New Year’s resolutions without spending too much – or anything at all. Yesterday, I talked about how to help others without spending anything – and today I’m going to cover another common resolution – losing weight. I’m actually going to cover this in 2 parts – how to exercise without spending a lot, and how to eat well without breaking the bank.
Here are some great ideas on how to exercise without spending anything or not much extra:
- Walk. As long as you have shoes or boots, you’re all set. I’m lucky – I work in downtown Toronto, and I can go for short or long walks using the underground PATH there. It’s a great break from work, and gets me out of the office. I just make sure I don’t take my wallet along so I won’t be tempted to buy anything. I realize not everyone is lucky enough to have a “PATH” option, but shopping malls (again, don’t bring the wallet) or even a large department store can be a good place to get out and walk.
- See what you already have at home. I have a treadmill, a Wii fit, and a Kinnect with “Just Dance”. My sister in law has taken to using exercise tapes, and also suggested you can find videos on You Tube. I’ve put my gym membership on hold to see if I have the self discipline to start using all the stuff I already own – I feel silly paying for a gym membership when I have plenty of stuff at home.
- Skate, toboggan, make a snow angel. I own skates, and there’s a free local skating rink open during day light hours. It tends to be busy, but hey, it’s free! Using out door equipment you own or just getting out and playing in the snow is a great way to exercise. So is shoveling snow, but it’s not much fun.
- Dance. Yup. I know it’s sounds silly, but I know someone who swears they lost the baby weight by just cranking up the tunes and dancing around the house.
What are your ways to exercise without spending anything extra?