Well, Empty Nesters, if you’re having to tighten your belt (forgive the pun) here are a few budget conscious ways to get fit:
1. Use Workout Videos. You’ll pay one price and have the video to use whenever you want. Or you could rent it first to see if it’s really what you want before you buy. You may even be able to find some free ones on the Internet. Even if you buy a video, the price will probably be less than joining a gym for even just a month. Plus you don’t have to get in your car and use gas to get there and you can exercise whenever the mood strikes.
2. Walk. This is just about as cheap, cheap, cheap as you can get. Other than possibly having to purchase a better pair of walking shoes, walking is free. And one of the best overall workouts you can get.
3. Play Badminton. That’s right, badminton. Of course, you probably won’t want to do this in the snow unless you have some sort of indoor court, but for the summertime, it’s a great activity. You should be able to purchase a net, birdies and rackets for a nominal price, stick it up in your backyard and have fun!
4. Dance, dance, dance. You can do this alone or with a partner, in front of the TV or at a party. Check your local community centers for free or lowcost lessons so you don’t make a total idiot of yourself in front of everyone and go for it.
5. Cycling. If you don’t already have a bike, consider a cruiser style bike with foot brakes like when you were a kid. A certain discount store we all know and love has new ones for around $100 or you can usually find them at yard sales, flea markets, or your neighbor’s house.
6. Swimming. If you’re lucky enough to live near a pool, can join the YMCA, or have a pool of your own, swimming is a wonderful exercise. It provides a workout without putting stress on your joints which is a good thing for us more mature empty nesters. It might be a bit pricey to put in your own pool, but you can usually go to a community pool or even the Y for a fairly small charge. No an inflatable kiddie pool won’t work, they’re not deep enough to swim in. Sorry.
So there you have it. Fitness on a budget.