Exercise: Even When Cheap, It’s Still Priceless

It doesn't have to cost much to embrace a regular exercise plan

You don’t need to spend a fortune to be physically active. You can be active in many ways without spending any money.

Here are a few ideas to get you moving for free.

Close to Home

  • Get some exercise and socialize with friends while you walk the entire mall.
  • Get your garden or yard in shape, and you’ll shape up, too.
  • Make your own weights from household items — plastic milk jugs filled with sand or water, bags of rice, soup cans or bottles of water.
  • Rather than driving, walk when doing errands.

In Your Community

  • Try out free demonstration exercise classes at your local senior center or fitness center.
  • Participate in community-sponsored fun runs or walks.
  • Join a basketball or baseball league that plays at your community center.

In the Great Outdoors

  • Go for a hike in a park.
  • Learn about trees and plants while exploring a local arboretum.
  • Help your community by participating in a stream clean-up effort.

All Year Round

  • Borrow a bicycle and ride around the neighborhood to admire the spring flowers.
  • Play an early-morning tennis match at your community courts in the summer.
  • Jog through the park and breathe in the crisp fall air.

Quick Tip

Be creative. The only limit to free physical activity opportunities is your imagination.

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