I know lots of people who join gyms in order to get in shape, focus on health or maintain strength. However, this is not a necessary expense. If you are considering a gym membership, please think again.
Before you sign up for a gym, consider doing the following first:
- Go for a morning walk, jog, or run first thing each day. This will get you warmed up and ready for the day at the very minimum. Once you work up to more distance, your cardio will improve.
- Exercise at home. Basic stretching is easy. Start slow and work your way up to a sweat.
- On your days off, go for a hike or longer walk to build up your endurance.
- When you’re out shopping, park as far away from the door as possible.
- Take the stairs at work. Mid-day, take a run up and down the stairs for several flights.
- If the weather is good, take that afternoon walk outdoors to breathe fresh air.
- Ride a bicycle or skateboard.
- Shoot basketball hoops at home or at a park.
- Take a soccer ball or football to the park with the family.
If you make fitness a part of your daily routine, you should have no need for a gym. Even household chores such as gardening brings physical benefits. The money you would have spent on a gym membership will better serve you by buying income-producing assets instead.