My time as a student has been one of the happiest periods of my life so far. I made a number of new friends, partied far more than is sensible and gained a better understanding of who I am.
One aspect of student life I am not going to miss is having little to no money. If like me you enjoy keeping fit, but don’t have any funds to even contemplate a gym membership, here are my Top 4 tips for keeping fit on a budget.
The number of benefits that you get from running is remarkable. In fact, if you break down nearly every sport or fitness activity, they all include some form of running. Whether it’s CrossFit, soccer, rugby or basketball, running is the core aspect.
Running is included in my Top 4 for a number of reasons, but the best one is it’s FREE. As long as you already have a good pair of shoes, socks, T-shirt/sweat shirt and shorts, you’re good to go.
You can run anywhere no matter where you live and it will never cost you a cent. All cities have parks, river walks and flights of stairs just waiting for you to run on. The countryside has even more to offer with hills, dirt tracks and wild weather conditions to keep your free training evolving.
Free Workout Videos
If you can’t get outside for whatever reason and you have access to the Internet, then you also have access to thousands of FREE workout videos. Youtube doesn’t just boast videos of funny cats or fashion blogs — you can also find some of the best workouts made by fitness trainers, gym enthusiasts and celebrities.
I have always been a big fan of workout DVDs, but as a student it was never within my budget to pay $50 or more, so when I discovered you could watch fitness workouts on Youtube, I was overjoyed.
Buy Secondhand Fitness Equipment
Fitness equipment is expensive. Just yesterday I was researching rowing machines, and even for a basic unit, the cost is around $400. This is way too expensive for someone on a budget, but there are other options.
The Internet is a wonderful place and if you are smart and patient you can find a number of secondhand pieces of fitness equipment at a fourth of the new price (Dsstuff.com).
You need to search websites like Ebay and Craigslist to find listings and auctions. These sites simply offer a place for people to sell unwanted fitness equipment and most of the time the equipment is in fairly new condition.
Join a Team
The university or college that you attend will have a number of teams and clubs that you can join for FREE. As a member of the team you will then have access to fitness equipment, sports halls/gym rooms and the team schedule of events.
During my time as a student I joined the running team and soccer team. This gave me access to pretty much every fitness option the university offered and best of all, it didn’t cost me a dime.