If your new year's resolution was to get in shape, lose weight and get healthy, you're not alone. There's no doubt that regular physical activity is the very best thing you can do for your body, mind and spirit. But getting fit can often be a costly proposition. According to USA Today, the average gym membership will cost you $60 a month. Worse yet, a whopping 67% of those gym memberships go unused. Your new fitness routine should trim your waistline, not your wallet.
Consider trying out a few of these 10 great ideas for fun and frugal fitness:
1. Bring the exercise class home.
Whether you are a fitness newbie or a workout pro, you can choose from a world of exercise DVDs available for under $20. You'll find everything from cardio to yoga to Pilates, ready for class right in your own living room. Better yet, find your new favorite routine by borrowing a few fitness DVDs from the public library.
2. Stream a class.
Streaming is awesome for binge watching Game of Thrones from the comfort of your sofa, but it's also an amazing source of fitness videos. Get the most out of your Amazon Prime, Netflix and Roku by streaming 30 minute exercise classes; most are less than $10 a month and are many are completely free. Check out YouTube for an incredible array of free online exercise videos.
3. Walk; it's totally free.
All you will need is a good pair of sneakers. Explore your own neighborhood or head to a local park for a change of scenery. Love to shop? Head to the shopping mall, park a distance from the entrance and power walk while you window shop. You may even spot a few bargains along the way…win win!
4. Every step counts.
Forego the elevator and take the stairs up to the office. Take a stroll on your lunch hour.
5. Track those steps for free.
Sure, it would be nice to have a trendy activity tracker or smart watch, but those high tech devices will set you back $100 or more. You already own a cell phone; make it work for you with a free fitness app. You'll find apps for iPhone and Android that serve as a pedometer, fitness tracker and even a calorie counter.
6. Forget the expensive exercise equipment.
For many of us, that pricey elliptical machine ends up as a very expensive clothing hanger. Instead, get fit with some relatively inexpensive workout gear like hand weights and resistance bands. Rediscover the joy of jumping rope!
7. Use your cell phone or tablet to work out more than your thumb.
Check out the many available fitness apps like Nike+ Training Club or Daily Yoga for free or inexpensive fitness routines.
8. Do it the old school way.
Remember middle school gym class? Get in shape with some basic moves like squats, lunges and crunches . There's nothing like a few reps of jumping jacks for a great cardio workout.
9. Get outside.
A little fresh air and sunshine will do wonders for your physical and mental health. Pull out your old bicycle collecting dust in the garage, and take a ride around the neighborhood. Shoot some hoops at the local park, or play catch with the kids in the backyard.
10. Explore inexpensive group classes.
Sometimes a little camaraderie is just the boost you need to stick with your fitness plan. Check out your local YMCA, adult school classes or community center for exercise classes. Bring a friend; a little Zumba with your BFF is great for the body and soul!