Active in NWI: Fit on a Budget

Written by Caitlin Vanlaningham on December 14, 2015

This time of year brings out the best in people. The giving nature comes out and people buy gifts, throw parties, and support charities. There isnít always time or money left over to do the rest of the things that you want. This includes staying active.

ďExercising is expensive. I donít have the money for a gym membership or fancy shoes.Ē

I have heard this excuse before. That is simply not true. There are plenty of places that will work with you if youíre on a budget. Check with your local YMCA or other fitness facility to see what they offer.

ďI donít like going to the gym.Ē

Then stay home. There are plenty of things that can be done around the house that keep you active and are completely free.

You can also leave your dwellings. If you live close enough to town, you can ride your bike to the store and get your holiday gifts (have a way to transport them home), you can walk or run too. If you have to drive, park far away and walk into the store. Do like the mall walkers do and take laps around the store.

ďEating healthy is expensive.Ē

Eating healthy is probably the hardest thing to do during the holidays. Fresh produce isnít in season, and mom made her famous cookies. Grandpa made his infamous egg nog. Hot cocoa, peppermint and gingerbread everything are everywhere. Itís almost not worth eating healthy because youíll miss out on all the good stuff. BUT instead of giving it all up, just lessen the load. Instead of getting a large mochablahblahblah, get a small. Instead of using whole milk for that hot cocoa, try skim or almond milk (Iíve tried it and itís good). And instead of seven of momís cookies, have one or two. Youíll save money and grandpa wonít be offended that you didnít try his egg nog.

ďBut the equipment is expensive.Ē

Not if you get it second hand. Somewhere out there is a treadmill or medicine ball that is being neglected. Head to EBay or Craigslist to see if there are is anything for sale. And ask around. Maybe a friend got a new set of free weights and has no room for the old set.