WHY SPEND MONEY ON A GYM MEMBERSHIP WHEN YOU CAN GET A GREAT WORKOUT FOR FREE?

Part of Health & Wellness is maintaining a fit and active lifestyle. To that end, plenty of people join gyms, or yoga studios, or take up Crossfit. All of these are great ways to stay active and stay in shape, but they can get expensive.  Yoga memberships can cost more than $100/month, and gym memberships aren’t any cheaper! If you want to stay healthy without spending quite so much, why not try some of these fantastic home workouts?

The routines below focus on activities you can do anywhere, whether its your living room or your local park. Most of these workouts can be done with little or no equipment, so if you find that the activity isn’t for you, you haven’t spent a lot of money on gear you won’t use again. And since experts agree that changing up your workout allows you to stay fit with a lower risk of repetitive stress injuries, we’ve included a variety of activities. Whether you like bodyweight or cardio, focused exercise or all-over workouts, we’ve got the routine for you!

Active.com 30-Minute Bodyweight Workout

This first workout is not for the faint of heart! Designed by Greatist Experts Rob Sulaver and Kelvin Gary, this 30 minute bodyweight workout will stretch you out, make you sweat, and get your heart-rate up! These 8 movements are combined into 4 supersets, and you’ll do 3 sets of 12-15 reps for each. For those who don’t know, a superset means that you combine the two moves. So for the first exercise, you do a tuck-jump, then immediately drop down into a push-up. Lather, rinse, repeat. When you’re first starting out, take your time, drink plenty of water, and remember to breathe!

Couch to 5k

Want to start running but aren’t sure how to… well, start? Devised by the group at Cool Running, the Couch to 5k running plan helps beginners go from couch potatoes to runners in 9 weeks. The site has a variety of tools, including a printable plan and a mobile app. The running plan only takes 20-30 minutes per workout, 3 times a week. By alternating running and walking, with warm-ups and cool-downs, the program allows your body to get used to running without overdoing it. By the end of 9 weeks, you’re running 3 miles in 30 minutes, and are ready to run in your first 5k race! Once you reach that point, Active.com can help you find and sign up for local races like the Color Run, Tough Mudder, Mock the Clock, or the Zombie Survival Run.

10 Easy No-Workout Workouts

Trying to motivate a teen in your life? Seventeen’s list of 10 easy workouts can be done at any time throughout the day, and teach your teen to be active in their daily activities. Whether its riding their bike to school or tightening their abs during class, these movements will help them stay fit without overexerting themselves.

Walking Workout Plans

Running not for you? Not to worry! All You presents a variety of walking workouts, guaranteed to help you get in shape! The workouts vary from a steady walking regimen to one focused on burning calories and upping your metabolism. All are filled with great suggestions for fitting walking into your daily routine. Go, browse through, and find your fit!

Om Alone: At Home Yoga Workout

Is yoga more your thing? Women’s Health put together this at-home yoga routine so you can get bendy without being too spendy. Indulge your inner yogi with these 17 moves, focused on strengthening your muscles and lengthening your lines. Just roll out your mat and start stretching!  PS: If you can do $9.95 per month, www.myyogaonline.com has thousands of great yoga workouts for unlimited streaming for just $9.95 each month… it’s a steal!
 
Please note that these are only our opinions and we were not compensated for anything written here.  We also advise that you consult a physician before starting this or any workout routine. 

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