Go for a Daily Walk
The easiest way to stay fir for free is to simply step outside and go for a walk. If you want some variety in your daily routine, pick different destinations to walk to each day. Walking is also appealing since it's something that can be easily squeezed into the busiest of schedules by:
- Walking during your lunch break
- Joining friends to walk around the mall
- Taking your dog for daily walks
Biking When Possible
Bike paths and trails have been increasing in popularity, and access is often free. If you don't have a bike, there are usually places you can rent one to use for the day. If you already have a bike, stay healthy by using it to run your daily errands or go to and from work.
Watch Your Weight
There are plenty of free diet tips you can find online if losing weight is one of your health goals. Starting a diet can be as simple as cutting down on sugary foods and drinks and eating more fruits and veggies. If you need some guidance, visit your local library to borrow some free fitness DVDs or books.
Take a Free Fitness Class
Some gyms and fitness centers offer free classes. While the purpose is to encourage memberships, there's usually no obligation to join if it's not in your budget. You can also look for access to virtual classes online. For instance, some yoga organizations stream free weekly classes.
Get a Free Health Screening
Many communities offer free health screenings at various times throughout the year. Check to see what's available in your area. Such screenings are often available at local pharmacies or from mobile health clinics that travel throughout different neighborhoods. Commonly offered screenings include:
- Cancer screenings
- Diabetes testing (often available at pharmacies and box store chains)
- Blood pressure checks
- Skin screenings
Note: Many local pharmacies also offer free yearly flu shots.
If access to gym equipment is a priority, consider visiting your local fitness club. Many large cities also have public or non-profit fitness centers. Making healthy updates to your diet can be just as budget-friendly if you shop smartly at your local grocery store.