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Exercise without going to the gym

Updated on August 30, 2013

Exercising is one of the most healthiest things you can do for your body. Some people seem to believe that they have to have an expensive gym membership to get the right kind of exercise, but this is not true. You can exercise without spending any money. In fact, you can get just as healthy with free exercise than you can from paying to exercise. Here are some ways you can incorporate exercise into your daily routine for free:


Walking is probably the least expensive form of exercise that you can do at home because it is absolutely free (that is if you own a pair of tennis shoes). Exercise is also on of the best forms of exercise because it is low impact, which makes it easy on your joints. Walking requires only a good pair of walking shoes and the willingness to get up and walk. It's that easy and great for your health.

While your on your walk you can even mix things up to tone more muscles faster by walking backwards, sideways or walking very fast for 1-5 minutes then slow down to normal speed for 10-15 minutes, alternating moves. This is called interval training and can help take your exercise routine to a new level that gets you healthier, faster, with quicker weight loss...if that's your goal.


Dancing is a fun form of exercise that cost no money. Dancing can tone all of your muscles and is also a great way to lose weight and stay in shape. Dancing can really get your heart pumping without being too hard on your joints. Get together with a friend and make it twice as fun!


Yoga is a great exercise for people who want an at home workout that involves not just the body, but the mind and spirit also. Yoga allows you to stretch, tone and lose some excess weight without stressing your joints. Yoga also works good for fatigue and depression because the poses involve both the mind and the body.

Floor routines:

Floor routines are any exercises that you can do in your own living room without the aid of any exercise equipment. There are many exercises that you can do in your own living room such as scrunches, pushups, stretches, leg lifts and squats. These exercises can trim and tone every inch of your body when done right. And, best of all...they are all free.


If you live near some rough terrain, you can try hiking. Hiking takes more energy and strength than just walking or jogging because the terrain is usually rocky, unstable and there are even inclines that can really work your muscles.So, find some good trails close to home (if you have them) and try hiking for 30-60 minutes 5-7 times a week.


If you own your own bicycle, then cycling is a great way to get in shape for free. Most cities now have a cycling lane to make it safer for the cyclists' in traffic. If you live in the country, you can just get out on your road or the local trails and go. Make sure you keep you bike in good shape so that you don't get stuck far away from home. You can also make use of any local trails for some great scenery while your getting in shape.

Eating healthy is something you can also do for your health that's free. The only thing required to eat healthy is to change the kinds of foods you eat from fatty, greasy, sugary foods to vegetable, fruits, whole grains and nuts. You also need to decrease portions, which in the long run may save you money.

You don't need to spend a lot of money to get your body in great shape. All it takes is some ambition and a few days a week. If we all took some time to exercise every week, we wouldn't have such a bad obesity problem and the world would have a whole lot of healthier people living in it.


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      freefogging 4 years ago from Florida

      Thankyou..they sure are!

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      Dr Pran Rangan 4 years ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      Nice hub. Regular exercise and healthy eating habits are two elixirs for healthy and long life. Thanks.

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      freefogging 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks...I went to the gym once or twice, but it was too intimidating for me!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The most natural ways of exercising and so true why go to the gym when you can perform these exercises right in your back yard. Great points made here.