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How to Save Money on a Gym Membership

Updated on March 14, 2010

Save Money by Taking a Hike


“I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, for that is where my help comes from. “ (Psalm 121:1) Since the beginning, many have recognized the emotional, mental, spiritual and physical strength found by spending time along nature’s trails. Hiking, whether along the coastline, across the plains or up a deserted mountain path offers a solitude and quiet strength for those who take the walk.

If you are looking for a new way to expend energy, build muscle tone and not spend money for a gym membership, then tie on your walking/running shoes and hit the trail. Rather than spending time on the treadmill, head to the park and explore the nature trails. Want the challenge of a stair stepper? Why not find a trail up the side of a steep hill-the close you are to the mountains the easier this may be, of course. Looking for a bit of weight training? Consider adding a backpack or perhaps wear ankle weights. You can start with the backpack only slightly filled and add to the pack as you increase strength and stamina. For a solid cardio workout, start your hike at a slow pace, build up your speed by a third of the way into the trail and then slow down as the end of the path comes into view. Many hikers begin and end their hikes with warm up and cool down stretches or yoga, as well.

So, don’t spend money on a membership at the gym, just take a hike. You will improve your health in every way…including financially!


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