If there’s anything my first week living in New York has taught me, it would be the importance of being creative when it comes to getting in my daily exercise. All the walking around keeps me active, but I’m one of those people who feels like my day isn’t complete unless I’ve broke a good sweat at some point. In Boise, I was used to being able to choose whether I wanted to go to the gym, hot yoga, or use some of the great outdoor activities that were literally in my backyard. Because gyms and yoga studios in the city can be quite pricey, I’ve had to think outside the box and see what was around me that I could utilize while on a budget. After a week I’ve figured out how to still get a good sweat in without breaking the bank
How to break a sweat in the city, without breaking the bank
1. If you’re just looking for moderate exercise, try to utilize the best transportation available to you when you’re going places. Your own two feet! I set a rule for myself that if anything was around a mile or so, I refuse to use public transit. This way, even on a busy day I’m still getting in some activity.
2. Find a route or trail to run/jog/bike/walk on. This is a great way to become aware of your surroundings while still getting in a workout. It’s also an outlet to meet people.
3. Feeling ambitious? Design your own workout to do at home or in a local park somewhere. Many parks will have steps or stairs that you can use to increase your heart rate and then perform a couple of different exercises. Not sure how to design an at home workout? Try out my “Sweat It Out At Home” workout, you’re sure to break out a sweat by the end!
4. While memberships to fitness facilities can be pricey, many places will have guest or trial passes. Being in a bigger city means there are several different gyms as well as a variety of places where their sole focus is on a type of fitness such as cycling, yoga, dance, kick boxing, and many others. Try out different places and also look on social saving deals like Groupon. This will cut the cost of a fitness membership while also keeping your workout fresh and new with many different options and exercises to try.
To keep active I’ve been running in the park here and also have been doing my own workouts at home in addition to the excessive walking around I’ve done. Today was the first day I’ve tried out a gym in the area though. I received a guest pass to Equinox, a national club with 25 locations in the city. From the moment I walked in I was incredibly impressed with how welcoming the staff was and the amenities. There are three different levels consisting of a cardio deck, a very nice locker room (they had everything you would need to get ready after a workout including a dispenser with mouth wash in it, I’d never seen that in a gym!), a spa, and two different levels of weight rooms and more cardio.
Even with it being as packed as it was, which I considered a good sign, there was enough equipment to still get in your full workout and not feel as if sweaty people were all cramped together. For after your workout, there is a café that offers a variety of food and drink to help you refuel as well as a fitness attire shop. They also offer a variety of exercise classes including a several types of yoga (I’m biting at the bit to try these), diverse dance classes, Pilates, cycling, kickboxing, Zumba, sculpting and conditioning classes, and many more. The class selection was the aspect I was impressed with most because they wouldn’t have just one or two yoga and cycling classes for beginners and then experts but rather several that all focused on different goals and settings. Tomorrow I’m going to try out the “Whipped!” class which involves strength ropes, kettlebells, body bars, and more. I loved the description of the class
“Get whipped into shape with the latest modern fitness training to help you reach for results. No corners to cut- just hard work, sweat and fun using Strength Ropes, Kettlebell, Body Bar, and much more, set to the test with a clock, good music, and all that you’ve got to give.”
Should be a great class! I’ll let you know how it goes
As for tonight, I’m taking it easy and curling up on the couch with my smiley face cup of tea and watching the Miss America pageant live! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I competed and I wish the best of luck to all the ladies!
What are your tips for staying active while on a budget?