Back when I was in college, I joined a local gym that was adjacent to the university I was attending. I’ve always wanted to workout since I was in high school. I was really slim around 125 lbs. so you could say I needed some muscle in me. So I signed up for the gym and that same day I first worked out there. I worked on upper body and I’ll always remember the days after my first workout. I was so sore that I couldn’t lift anything, even when I was trying to eat I was struggling to lift the fork. But through that soreness, I felt that hitting the gym was a routine I loved to do. So for the next 10 plus years, I hit the gym at least three times a week. One of the main reasons for going to this particular gym was the cost. For the first two years I paid $30 a month but after those two years I only had to pay $20 a year. Great way to save and plus it’s cheaper than going to other gyms like 24 Hour Fitness and Ballys. It wasn’t the best in terms of amenities but it was enough for me to get all my workouts in and meet my goals.
Unfortunately on the 12th year being a member of this gym, they decided to shut it down because of lack of funds from what I heard. So I had no choice to join another gym. I jumped to a well known one called Planet Fitness. Many of you probably have heard about it, $10 a month, free pizza every month, clean lockers and amenities. I really loved it but during the time I was a member, we were planning our wedding and deciding on where to live after we tied the knot. We did find a place to live about a month before our wedding but it was out of the way from Planet Fitness. So after a year of being a Planet Fitness member, I had to quit the gym. Their wasn’t a gym close to our new place and now I had to get creative on how to workout. It was really tough for me because I was so used going to the gym after work and meeting my daily fitness goals. Now I have a dilemma of not going to a gym and looking for equipment I could use at home. Here are ways I got around to work out for basically free(excluding the home equipment).
Fitness DVDs – When I first got started working out at home, the first program I started was P90X. We got the DVDs from Mother with Cents’ co-worker who had the legitimate DVDs. We didn’t want to borrow it because we had no idea how long we would have it. So we just made a copy(burn) of them. Picture and audio quality were good enough for us.
Other suggestions besides making DVD copies is to borrow them from the library which I did for a couple of workout DVDs
Youtube Videos – There are so many workout videos on YouTube that you can just type up what kind of workout you want to do and it’s most likely going to be on there.
Running Outside – I was already doing this when I had a gym membership. I usually ran once a week at either a lake close by on the Great Highway(next to the Pacific Ocean in SF). I could run about 6-7 miles each time. I loved running so much that I did a few races and even a half marathon. I did it mainly to challenge myself to do different types of races and to get some free swag like shirts, drinks, and snacks. Fortunately living in the Bay Area gives us great weather all year round to run outside anytime I wanted to.
I also play some basketball and luckily their are few parks by our place where I can shoot some hoops. I like to get others to play so we can more running in. Most of the time it’s 3 on 3 in which we only use half of the basketball court but if we can get 10 people and play 5 on 5, I can get even more running in since we can use the whole court. Playing some basketball definitely gives you a lot of cardio.
Phone Apps – Like youtube videos, there are many phone apps dedicated to help you workout on any type you want. I just started on an abs workout app that is helping me getting back in a routine after long absence from working out. It is pushing me to keep working on my abs and it seems to work. I’ve done it for over a month now and having a bit slimmer waist.
Strolling, Walking with the Baby – Since Baby with Cents arrived, I did not really workout until recently with my abs workout app. My only time before that in getting some sort exercise was pushing him on a baby stroller around our neighborhood. We wanted him to see the great scenery of the city by strolling him to the infamous Golden Gate Park and the cool windmills they have there. It was a way to get some exercise in so we wouldn’t get coup up at home all the time and to provide the baby with some Vitamin D. Not only had we strolled him around GGP but also our quiet neighborhood and the library for baby sing-a-longs and the grocery store. These strolls can last from 30 minutes to almost 2 hours so I definitely got a workout in for pushing Baby with Cents around.
In summary, I’m getting my way back onto a routine again after almost two years of focusing on the well being of our first baby, Baby with Cents. And with these options, it will motivate me to keep my fitness goals attainable and I don’t have to pay for a gym membership.
Do you workout? If so, what type of routine do you have? Also do you anything that I could add to this list? Free free to comment below.