Though I’m typically a girl who prefers cardio, I also understand the value in strength training. Not only does it build your muscles, but it also raises your metabolism, tightens your physique, and strengthens your bones.
So, how do you enjoy all of these benefits without spending a fortune on exercise equipment? Here are three options to consider.
#1: Do Bodyweight Exercises
Bodyweight exercises are exercises that work by using your body’s weight versus using actual equipment. Examples of these are push ups, pull-ups, squats, and lunges. Planks are a great bodyweight exercise too, especially if you want a tight and tone tummy.
#2: Use Household Items
Another low-cost strength training option is to use everyday household items in place of weights. For example, a 16.9 ounce bottle of water is just over 1 pound and the average bag of flour or sugar is 5 pounds. (If you’re using flour or sugar, be sure to put the bag in a sealed plastic baggie in case it rips.) Use these types of items as weights until you can afford the real thing.
#3: Join a Low Cost Gym
Though some gyms cost a small fortune to join, there are other options that cost just a few bucks a month. Just look around your area and see what type of deals they offer. Yes, this one is going to have a repeated cost, but sometimes it’s just nice to get out of the house and be around others who are working on their fitness too.
Any suggestions that I’ve missed? If so, feel free to comment below. I’m always looking for new ways to improve my fitness without killing my budget!
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