WORKING OUT ON A BUDGET
BY: Marylin Salgado
March 16, 2019
We all can’t afford to pay for a gym membership. We might have enough money for Tokkyo Protein and some supplements and then work out at home. The lack of proper equipment makes it difficult to achieve the body changing results we are looking for. In this blog, I will provide some neat ideas we can implement in our daily workout routine to get the benefits of the gym without having to pay for the membership fee.
Spring is almost here. Let’s go out and play:
- Take a walk to the beach and fill 4 to 8 oz bottles of water with dry sand. For a heavier bottle, try wet sand. You can do all sorts of arm exercises with these. You can also alternate the weight of the bottles and use larger bottles as your workouts get easier. Put some duct tape on the bottles and create a stronger grip. Have a scale at home? Weigh your bottles and label them.
- Go to a nearby lake or river when weather permits, or community pool and walk on the shallow part of the water back and forth about 10 times. Let the water reach you at least knee to thigh high. Water creates great resistance. You will feel the muscles soreness the next day.
- The local community parks have trails and monkey bars. They also have single bars mounted on wooden posts at different levels and intervals. You can do pullups on these as well as all sorts of arm exercises.
- Bring your workout mat and lay it on the grass. Play some cool tunes on your mobile device and get some abs and leg exercises in. Can’t afford the exercise mat? You can make a one-time investment on Amazon on a mat for $6 to $7 dollars.
- Hit the trails or follow a flat path and go for a brisk walk or slow jog. These are great at working out every muscle group.
- You don’t need exercise equipment for squats or lunges and these are quite effective for strong legs and a firm butt.
Here’s an awesome idea from LiveStrong on homemade ankle weights:
Reusable Leg Weight
Dried beans make the perfect option for homemade leg weights. They’re heavy, but mold to your body.
Start by weighing out 1 to 1/2 pounds of dried beans on a food scale. This amount of beans will fit best into a tube sock. Weigh out another equal portion for the second weight.
Tie a knot about one-fourth of the way up a long tube sock. Pour the beans into the sock. Tie a second knot in the sock above the beans. The second knot should be placed about one-fourth the way down from the top of the sock.
The beans are now secured in the center of your sock, and the ends of the sock are empty — so you can tie them around your ankle. If you can’t tie it easily, attach stick-on hook-and-loop fastener strips, such as Velcro, to the sock to fasten it.
Disposable Leg Weight
Homemade mini sand bags are another way to add weight to your legs. The plastic bags are convenient and non porous, but they will likely tear after a few uses.
To make the weights, fill two sealable plastic bags with sand. Weigh the bags on a food scale and adjust until they are of equal weight.
Hold the bag on your ankle. Wrap a first-aid bandage around it to secure it in place. Ensure that the sand bag will stay in place, but take care not to wrap too tightly because this can cause your foot to go numb. Secure the end of the bandage with first-aid tape, Sweet recommends.
Avoid extremely vigorous exercise with the disposable leg weights. Ensure your leg weights are fastened securely before you begin to exercise.
You are wondering what to do during fall and winter. During the fall, a light sweater can cover you from the chill breeze and you can still enjoy a good workout outside. During the fall and winter, some community pools are open and will allow residents to use them for a few hours and just a few dollars. The pools are heated so there’s no excuse to not go. In the winter months you can also incorporate these outside exercises inside your home.
Where there is a will there is definitely a way. Money should not be an excuse for you to not get up and enjoy a good workout. I would love to hear what other ideas you might have or what outside exercises you have done that have proven effective. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram and post your thoughts and ideas. We look forward to hearing from you.
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