Health Advocate Blog

Low-cost ways to stay fit during winter

For many of us, heading outside for a run, walk or bike ride during the cold months of winter is not very appealing. Yet how can we stay active and fit through this chilly season without paying for a pricey gym membership? Luckily, in our ever-connected world, there are an increasing number of ways to fit in fitness in the convenience of your home or with neighbors in your community, all at little to no cost to you. Check out these options next time you’re looking for a new way to work out!

Free fitness apps: There are hundreds of exercise apps available now for all kinds of exercises, from yoga and interval training to guided walks and runs. Apps like the Nike Training Club and 30 Day Fitness Challenge offer a number of free workouts to challenge your entire body, most of which can be done in your living room with no required equipment. Many others like Aaptiv offer free trials to check out their offerings before subscribing.

Online videos: Do a quick search on YouTube or fitness websites like Women’s Health, SELF or PopSugar and you’ll find a treasure trove of free workout videos. These are a great way to try new types of workouts like kickboxing, Pilates and more, all from the comfort of home.

Check out the library: Another great resources for workout videos is your local library, where you may be able to borrow fitness DVDs to take home to mix up your routine until the weather breaks.

Take advantage of free trials. Many gyms and fitness studios offer free trial classes or periods to check out the facilities. This gives you an opportunity to try new activities without busting your budget.

Stay local. Your neighborhood community center may offer low- or no-cost classes–including yoga, aerobics and more–to township residents. Check your local township or neighborhood website or even community bulletin boards to see what might be offered nearby. Additionally, many fitness and running stores may offer in-store classes from time to time to entice customers to come in.

Spring is just around the corner, but until then, take advantage of these low- or no-cost alternatives to stay fit until you can get back outside in the sunshine.