Frugal Moms Know How To Get Fit Without A Gym Membership

Perhaps you have always belonged to a gym and, although it’s way beyond your budget right now, you continue to pay the membership fees because you need to exercise someplace where you have a commitment and encouragement.  You’re not alone.  Many of us need an exercise program mapped out for us, with all the equipment ready and waiting, surrounded by supportive people.

However, if you go to the gym because you truly believe you cannot get the same workout or support anywhere else, you may want to start searching a little harder. There are many ways to get fit and lose weight without the expense of a gym membership.

If you decide to leave the gym and all the fancy equipment behind in order to save money, don’t get sucked into buying an expensive piece of equipment.  That defeats the purpose.  There are many exercise programs that will fit your budget, using basic resistance and weight systems.  No, you don’t need to move a whole gym into your house to get a good workout.

To begin, you might want to check the library, bookstore, online, and even thrift stores for exercise videos and equipment.  You’ll be overwhelmed with the variety available to you.  Once you narrow down your choices to workouts that appeal to you, start pricing the equipment.  A simple seven inch ball used for abdominal work can be found for as little as $10.  Once again, check online for a whole host of exercise options, from actual exercises to forums designed to offer daily support for your personal goals.

Many people maintain a gym membership because they are afraid without it they won’t exercise.  Here’s where you need to ‘phone a friend.’  You won’t believe how many of your friends and family are having the same debate with themselves!  They, too, want to exercise and need the encouragement and commitment from someone else so they don’t just quit.  It’s simple:  instead of driving to the gym, drive to your friend’s house, put on the video, and have fun!  Or, take a walk, ride a bike, swim, or whatever you can find to get active – no membership fee involved!

This may seem like a no-brainer to get rid of a gym membership when you are trying to tighten the budget.  However, many Moms are serious about getting and staying in shape and don’t want to give up on reaching for those goals.  But, if your budget doesn’t really have room for a gym membership, get rid of it!  There are so many frugal ways to get in shape!

Because the worse part about getting fit is finding an exercise program you like, and sticking to it, you need to get creative.  There are so many fitness programs available…. choose one, call a friend, and have some fun!

Thanks for taking time to stop by and visit with me here.  If you want to read more frugal tips about everything from exercise to eating well, come and see me at  I look forward to seeing you!  Be sure to leave a comment when you come by.

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

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