Lose Weight and Get Fit for Free

Most of us want to lose weight and get fit.  And most people think that going to the gym is the only way to do it.  But with the economic recession going on, maintaining a gym membership may be hard to do.  I’ve got good news for you.  You can have your pie and eat it, too.

You can lose weight and get fit without going to the gym.  All you need to do is adopt an active lifestyle.  In fact, going to the gym is not as important as being active when it comes to losing weight and getting fit.  Studies have been done that indicate those who go to the gym twice a week without adopting an active lifestyle are less fit than those who do not go to the gym but adopt an active lifestyle.

And better still, there are lots of ways to get active without spending much money.   Here are some of my favorite ways:

1. Walking

Simply walk daily or at least 3 times a week for at least 45 minutes each time.  You can walk in parks where you can get to know other walkers or start a walking group yourself at your office or interest group.

2. Volunteerism

If you are passionate about any particular thing, volunteer to do some work in it.  There are many non-governmental organizations like Habitat for Humanity that engage volunteers on a continual basis.  Such NGOs have lots of physical activities that keep you active while you do good deeds to help others.  So join your local Rotary Club and volunteer for some of their activities.

3. Free Fitness Classes

You can quite easily find free fitness classes being offered in your local community.  Most would offer free classes but receive voluntary contributions to keep the classes running.  The YMCA offers membership scholarships as they have an income-based scholarship program every year open to the public.  So you could join their classes and be on their scholarship program.

To find free fitness classes, just Google “free exercise classes” or “free fitness classes” and put in your city.

4. Online Fitness Courses

If you prefer online classes that you could follow at your leisure, you can find free fitness websites that offer workouts, access to fitness experts and daily tips.  Alternatively, you could also purchase good weight loss or fitness DVDs at affordable prices and follow the programs at home.

5. Bartering

Have you thought of doing some work at fitness centers in exchange for a free membership?  Even pricey yoga studios will sometimes trade cleaning chores for studio time.