Exercising outdoors is a great, frugal alternative to the gym. Rather than spending $50 per month or more on a fitness club membership, you can stay in shape by running, jump roping, or doing calisthenics at your local park.
Unless, of course, it’s cold outside. Then what should you do? How can you stay in shape this winter without an expensive gym membership? Here are 10 tips.
#1: Play winter sports
Get involved with a non-competitive local sports team, or find a few friends who are interested in playing sports every Saturday. Ice skating or hockey are great sports that will get your heart rate going. You can get a membership to a local rink for a fairly cheap rate.
#2: Build a snowman
Even if the weather is cold outside, roll up a bunch of snowballs and hoist them up on top of each other. This children’s activity may not feel like exercise, but trust me: it will trigger your pulse to beat a little faster.
#3: Walk or take a hike
Even though it might be snowy outside, put on a pair of snow pants and boots and take the dog for a walk around the neighborhood. You may discover that you enjoy walking through the snow! The added resistance of the snow also gives you a deeper workout.
#4: Slide down a toboggan hill
Sledding may not seem like a form of exercise, but after you get to the bottom of the hill, you have to walk back up to the top if you want to slide back down!
#5: Shovel the driveway or sidewalk
Instead of using a snow blower or plow to get rid of the snow in your driveway, grab a shovel and clear off the sidewalk by hand. It will make you sweat and get keep you fit throughout the winter.
#6: Cut down your own Christmas tree!
Find a forest close to home and (assuming you have authorization) choose a decent size tree, cut it down and carry it home to decorate.
#7: Rearrange the furniture in your house
If the weather is too bad to go outside, pick a room in your house and begin moving the furniture around. Not only will you enjoy redecorating, but you’ll also get some good lifting accomplished.
#8: Start a snowball fight!
Launch snowballs at your neighborhood friends! By running, ducking, hiding and throwing snowballs, you will be out of breath in no time.
#9: Hit the stairs
Take a few laps up and down the stairs in your home. This will bring your heart rate up and put a little pep in your step.
The winter months are the hardest on the homeless. By volunteering at a local soup kitchen, you will be moving around, standing on your feet, lifting heavy boxes and buckets — in short, you’ll get exercise. And you’ll also serve a great cause.
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