There’s a common misunderstanding that in order to stay healthy, you have to spend quite a bit of money. Sure, some things like gym memberships and health products can be expensive, but that isn’t the only solution. Fortunately, there are an abundance of affordable ways to stay healthy - without hurting your wallet.
1. Revisit Your Childhood
When was the last time you pulled out a jump rope? Have a family game night and get everyone involved! Take turns seeing who can jump rope the longest ($4 on Amazon), take turns tossing the frisbee ($10 on Amazon), or see who can do the most hula hoops ($15 for a set on Walmart.com).
2. Take a Hike
At no cost you can visit nearby hiking sites like the Hike & Bike Trail, the Big Thicket National Preserve, or the Cattail Marsh Boardwalk. Not only are you getting great exercise, you’re also getting to enjoy nature. If you go with a group, add in some extra fun by having someone yell something like “Challenge!” at random. When this is done, everyone must run for 45 seconds. Make it a fun and healthy experience – all in one!
3. Involve Your Furry Friends
There’s no love quite like the one we have for our furry friends. So, why not get them involved too? Make time to get in good exercise with your dog through ways like visiting the Ida Reed Dog Park in Beaumont. Bonus: The park is free entry and also has slides, jungle gyms, a tennis and basketball court to help entertain kids as well! If Beaumont is a little too far of a drive, take your dog to your local park and play games that give both you and your furry friend good exercise! Need some game ideas? Check out this article.
4. Make Use of Those Dreaded Commercials
So, let’s be honest. If watching TV all day improved our health, we would be all over that! Fortunately, there’s a pretty good alternative. If you guessed exercising during commercials, you guessed right. According to Verywellfit.com, most TV shows contain roughly 15 minutes of ads per hour. That’s 15 minutes that you could be putting toward exercise! Check out these simple exercises that can be done while enjoying your show. And the best part is, you can do it all from home at no additional cost!
5. Try a New Class
Did you know that Southeast Texas offers opportunities for all kinds of entertaining health classes? Since these classes are paid per class, you can try it out without having to commit to a gym membership and pay costly fees (sometimes you can try a class for free)! For those of you who are real brave, try something like a Body Sculpting class in Silsbee, a Kickboxing class in Beaumont, or Crossfit in Lumberton. If you’re looking for something simpler, try something like a local yoga or Zumba class. Check your town's local gyms and studios that offer these classes and give it a shot!
Find What Works for You
There are tons and tons of affordable ways to stay healthy and these are just a few ideas to help you get started. Do some research, find what works best for you, and go with it!