While most of us have aspirations of getting in shape, the idea of joining an expensive gym or buying pricey workout equipment can be daunting. If you're on a tight budget, the cost of shaping up doesn't always outweigh the benefit. But good news: Getting fit doesn't have to break the bank! Here a few suggestions for hobbies that can boost your health without draining your bank account.
Join a Run Club
I think we'd all agree that running is a fantastic source of exercise. Increased stamina and lung capacity, a rush of endorphins and stress relief are just some of the benefits hitting the pavement can provide. Lacing up to go for a jog doesn't cost anything, though if you're a newer runner, even this free activity can seem daunting. Look for run clubs that meet in your city— your local fitness store or university campus are great places to start looking for established running groups. If you're feeling ambitious, create your own!
Explore a New Part of Your City— by Foot
Think about the last time you went on vacation. You were probably so immersed in the sights and sounds of the destination that you didn't even realize you'd walked for hours! Often when we're in the comfort of our own hometown, we get too comfortable with our surroundings, and hop in the car when we could easily walk. Play tourist near home— choose an area of your town that is unfamiliar and set out on foot for a day of (free!) adventure.
Take a Dog for a Walk
When you own a pet, you're guaranteed to up your fitness level. From early morning walks to late night jogs, taking your furry friend out requires a bit of fitness on your part. If you don't have an animal, there are still many ways to get involved with pets and boost your step count. Volunteer to play with the dogs at your local shelter, place an ad to become a part-time dog walker, or try an app like Bark'n'Borrow to get some canine companionship without dishing out any cash.
Hit the Hiking Trail
Whether you're a mountain dweller or a beach-goer, Mother Nature provides some of the best (and scenic) ways to work on your fitness. Exploring nearby hiking trails won't cost you a thing, and it'll also help you feel more connected to your city.
Exercise your Mind with Meditation
Flex your brain muscle by practicing meditation. There are tons of types of meditation to suit any personality, you can listen to guided meditations for free with apps like Headspace or Calm. Because who says fitness doesn't include mental well-being?