Exercise. The bane of my life! I am the first person to admit that I am not the biggest fan of exercise. I know it’s important. I know I should do it. But, just, not a fan. I have had gym memberships. A waste of money! I have tried various things and I just don’t particularly enjoy it.


But, it is important.


However, exercise can be very expensive. The keeping fit industry is huge! The cost of a gym membership can add up to quite a substantial sum each year. The higher end gym near us is £42 a month. That adds up to £504 a year! Suddenly, keeping fit and exercising is costly.


There are, however, different things you can do to save money on exercise.


Firstly, walking outside is free! Weather permitting, this is the best option for exercising and saving money. Go for a walk where you live; explore somewhere new! I’m sure there’s many different places near us that I have no idea exist.


Do yoga at home. Me and Mr FC are currently doing this as an option. We are following DDP yoga, as I got Mr FC the dvds for his birthday. We did have to buy a couple of yoga mats so we had one each – this is the one I own – but we are trying to do this every evening. There are many health benefits to doing yoga. DDP has a book about the benefits of doing yoga regularly. It’s worth a look! Also, his dvd sets are currently 30% off, as you can see on his website.


Do an exercise dvd. On a similar theme to what we’re doing, there are hundreds of workout dvds to choose from. When asking friends about this, a couple have recommended the Lean In 15 workout, though I haven’t tried it personally. Again, all the cost of this is just the dvd in the first instant. Apparently, the Darcy Bussell Pilates dvd is the best one to use for that. Exercising and saving money, definitely.


If you’re feeling like a bit of DIY, you can make your own gym equipment for your home. If you take a look at this post, there are lots of ideas! I’m not the best at DIY (read: really rubbish) but I’m sure if you are good at that kind of thing, you could make these.


Skipping! The humble skipping rope, loved by primary school children everywhere. In all seriousness, skipping for 30 minutes can burn an insane amount of calories and can keep you incredibly fit. Looking on Amazon, skipping ropes are not expensive, at all. This one is just £5.


If you want to get some gym equipment, remember to check ebay for cheap listings in your areas, or other selling groups. People are always trying to get rid of gym equipment as it takes up quite a lot of room. If you’re patient, you could get a bargain that way.


So, lots of ideas to exercise and save money. We are enjoying doing the yoga as a couple, once Frugal Baby is fast asleep in bed. It is also a great way to wind down at the end of the day.


What exercise do you do that is frugal or free? I’d love some more suggestions!


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