Guest Post: 4 simple tips for working out on a budget

by Melody on February 11, 2015


I’m too busy.

It’s too expensive.

I don’t have anyone to watch the kids.

The gym is too far away.

Have you ever uttered any of these phrases as your reason for not exercising regularly?  Yep, me too.  Guess what?  These are all just excuses.  A way to convince yourself that it’s not YOUR fault for not doing something you KNOW will be good for you.

Today I’d like to share with you four FUN ways to get your sweat on.  Four ways to BUST through all those excuses:

1. Take a walk.  Seriously, this is the cheapest and easiest workout possible.  Got kids?  Bring them along (on bikes, in a stroller, on a scooter, however they will move the fastest).  Not sure how to start?  Simple.  Open your front door, walk for ten to fifteen minutes.  Turn around and walk home.  DONE!


2. Borrow a video from the library.  If purchasing DVD’s isn’t in the budget right now (or you just like variety), borrow an exercise video from the library.  At my library I can check out DVD’s for 1 week.  I could easily borrow one video, complete it 3 or 4 times, return it and try a brand new workout the following week.  Talk about variety.  If you find a DVD you really love, ask for it for your birthday or Christmas.

3. Play with your kids.  Kids are intuitively active.  Much of what they enjoy doing, you could also do – hopscotch, hula-hooping, jumping rope, playing kickball or even running around playing tag.  If it’s winter, try a snowball fight, sledding or even an active game of duck duck goose.  Think you won’t get a decent workout?  Try playing hard for an hour and I bet you’ll change your tune!  (An added bonus is the points you’ll score for being a fun mom).

4. Utilize those commercial breaks.  If increasing your strength is one of your fitness goals, try utilizing your commercial breaks next time you are watching a show on TV.  Whenever a commercial comes on, do a series of 10 squats, 10 push-ups, 10 lunges, 20 crunches and a few bicep and tricep curls.  A 3 to 5 lb. set of weights will cost you under ten dollars and you can store them under your couch so you’ll be ready to go.  Ten dollars not in the budget this month?  Don’t let purchasing those weights stop you from doing this – grab a few soup cans and go for it!  By the end of an hour long show, you’ve finished a terrific simple strength training session.

I hope I’ve shown you that you don’t need a fancy gym or personal trainer to be healthier.  Pick one or two of these ideas and implement them this week.  After a few weeks of consistent exercise, step it up a notch, and before you know it exercise will be a regular (and valued) part of your daily routine.

Now it’s YOUR turn.  I’d love to hear how you squeeze in fitness when money is tight.

Author Bio:  Pam Howard is a Certified Health & Lifestyle Coach specializing in helping busy moms create a happier, healthier life.  Reach her at  You can also find Pam on Facebook or Twitter.

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