With the holidays here, money is tight. It seems like I’m always forgetting to budget for something: extra money in the grocery budget for holiday dinners and get-togethers is my biggest downfall this year. And with tight budgets, it’s tough to justify spending money on a gym membership.
Health is important and definitely deserves a spot on your monthly budget. But if you just can’t swing it (like me), don’t worry. There is a way to keep up on your fitness from the comfort of your home – and for FREE!
Personally, I love working out at home. When I first started my weight loss journey I was frustrated my budget wouldn’t allow a gym membership. Turns out you don’t really need one to lose weight or get in shape. (Crazy, right?)
There’s something awesome about knowing you don’t have to go anywhere to get your workout in. Don’t we go enough places already? Life is jam-packed with errands and “to-do” lists – you don’t need to add another place to try and fit in your already too busy schedule!
What? You don’t have a home gym? Guess what… neither do I! The living room at my house doubles as my “home gym.” There’s no equipment, no weights, no exercise ball, no treadmill or exercise bike. And it’s tiny – I have a 5 ft by 4 ft section to move around in. I couldn’t fit equipment in there if I tried!
So what’s a girl to do?
I’ll tell you the secret to a great exercise program: You do what you can with what you have. And go from there.
When the weather first started turning cold I did get a gym membership. I really struggled with the decision but decided I wanted to keep up with my running goals over the winter and, living in Michigan, I knew I couldn’t always run outside. My gym membership only costs $20/month, the hours are limited, and it’s not as huge or luxurious as I’d prefer. But it works on cold, snowy, and rainy days just fine!
And you know what? I find myself running outside and doing workout videos at home more often than not even with the gym membership!
My favorite go-to exercises are the ones I get free. (I love free stuff!) YouTube is a valuable resource for free workout videos. They have basic beginner routines, and advanced hard-core ones, too.
In my opinion, the absolute best free workout videos on YouTube are from JessicaSmithTV. She has an amazing amount of beginner videos, some no-equipment needed videos, and some 5-minute ones for those really rushed days!
If you’re just getting started, I suggest her “Fit in 15” playlist. The FitIn15 is a series she did to start the new year (2015) – but you can start anytime (trust me, it’s okay – I started last March and it worked perfectly!).
From everything that’s out there, it can be hard to choose. While the Fit in 15 is one of my favorite groups of videos, here are my top 3. (The last one is more of a “do this at work” video but I absolutely love it, so it had to make my top 3!)
Yoga at Work
So, there you have it. The secret to a great exercise program – do what you can with what you have, even if it’s nothing more than a free YouTube video in your living room.