13+ Budget-Friendly Ways to Work Out at Home


By: , SparkPeople Blogger
3/7/2014 12:00 PM   :  4 comments   :  78,520 Views

I remember the days when I had time to drive to the gym for a workout multiple times a week.  Now as a busy mother of four, those days long gone! However, that doesn't mean my fitness level has to suffer.  I'm still able to squeeze in a good workout in the morning before the rest of my family wakes up.  By investing in a few key pieces of equipment, I've been able to create quality, low-cost workouts without ever leaving the house—and you can, too! 
Although a gym membership gives access to a wide variety of exercise options, it's not a necessity to getting fit.  You can use the privacy, convenience and budget-friendly benefit of home to create a workout routine that works for you.  SparkPeople has lots of ideas to get you started.
The first thing to consider is what kind of equipment (if any) you'll need for your home workouts.  A set of resistance bands, a stability ball, and a set of hand weights (or even your own body weight) can give you a well-rounded and challenging strength training routine.  Check out SparkPeople's workout demos for instruction on how to properly perform a variety of lower body, upper body, core and stretching exercises.   The Workout Generator will give you a strength-training routine to follow based on your fitness level and equipment available. 
Videos are another great way to get a workout done in the comfort of your own home.  SparkPeople has a variety of free full-length workout videos to choose from, including cardio, strength training, yoga, Pilates and more.  Most of the workouts are easy to squeeze into a busy day, ranging from just 5-30 minutes each. Other free resources for exercise videos include your local library and YouTube.  (Here's a great list of fitness channels to check out that are totally free!)   
There are lots of ways to get fit without ever leaving the house (or spending a lot of money). These additional resources will give you even more ideas!
What's your favorite way to get fit at home without spending a lot of money?

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    I'm fortunate to have both a treadmill and stationary bike in my basement - both older and certainly low-tech but but they work! I have also accumulated over the years (or from things left behind by children!) a stability ball, weights from 2 - 10 lbs, a yoga mat and resistance band. Between spark videos and articles on exercise i can put together a good workout and have done so consistently since January. It's certainly been the key to my successful weight loss and during the winter months a great way to get workouts done in spite of the elements outside. It's easy to get up in the morning and hit my "basement gym" to get in cardio and/or strength training before breakfast. Love pulling up some "golden oldies" music on my phone to and just dancing around. It can be a very good workout and fun too! I've had gym memberships in the past but after a short time they often didn't get used much and I know that I didn't ever go to the gym 6 days a week but I now exercise that often at home! - 5/28/2016   12:18:33 PM
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    Well said! If I ever won the lottery I would give the people who own the YouTube channels I work out to a good chunk of change. Their videos have allowed my wallet to be more flexible for healthier food choices as well. Especially during the winter months in Canada when the veggie prices cost more than filling up my gas tank. For anyone who likes variety, YouTube is the way to go. If any one is interested in my suggestions, I swear by Fighmaster Yoga and any of the Jillian Michaels videos. The 30 Day Shred, when done to your ability and adding some extra stretching before and after, are my fav. Searching for quick 10 minute ab workouts are awesome too. I have minimally invested in a mat, yoga strap and block and two 3-pound weights. You can also use soup cans or water bottles, a belt (instead of strap) and some pillows/blankets (instead of block). Home sweats FOR THE WIN! - 1/10/2016   2:50:22 PM
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    I agree, great blog. DH is against the gym, so I Sparkpeople videos and youtube are my home gyms. I've even dusted off my aerobic step for quick and effective workouts. A small amount of weights and resistances are my go-to equipment for strength training. I have a small library of dvds that range from Leslie Sansone, Donna Richardson, Coach Nicole, Turbo Jam, Tae Bo, Jilian Michaels, a few beachbody dvds (over rated/priced).
    Keep your goals in front you! - 7/17/2014   9:05:09 AM
  • 1
    Great blog! I use the SparkPeople videos every day. They are quick and very effective. I also do my own workouts such as cardio dancing. Sometimes I just do it while I'm watching a television program. Also around the house I move quickly from one room to another making every burst of energy count. I use YouTube videos as well. No excuses at all. I even have my own library of various workouts including Walk Away the Pounds and Jillian Michaels. Just do it! Thank you! :) - 3/7/2014   6:16:16 PM

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