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How to Get Fit Without Spending a Fortune

By Sandy Schroeder

Fall is definitely under way. Keeping up with it, and staying fit without stretching the budget, can be tricky. By the time we buy fall clothes and get the kids ready for school, most of us would welcome a way to skip gym fees.

Get Fit for Less

Here are some ways to keep everybody active and not bend the budget from

Track your steps - Aim for the recommended goal of 10,000 steps per day and use your phone or a pedometer to give you a running total. Walking 30 minutes a day is a good starting point. Make it a family competition with everybody tracking their steps and comparing numbers. Walking before breakfast, after dinner, and between classes or meetings should work.

Clean up and redo your home - Use a few Saturday mornings to clean out the garage, overhaul the family room, or paint a bedroom and boost your exercise numbers at the same time. Trimming bushes, planting gardens, vacuuming and mopping also burn extra calories.

Camp out for the weekend – By the time you lug out the tents and food and spend time hiking or swimming, you and your family will have used up a lot of calories and had a great time.

Learn a new sport - Check your community’s recreational center for golf, tennis, yoga or tai chi classes. Parents and teens might try one together.

Extend weekend hiking - Look for community sponsored wilderness hikes available for a range of ages. It’s a great way to stay active while you explore a new area. Shorter hikes may be available for younger kids.

Volunteer in your community - Helping clean up a beach or park is a great way to teach kids the value of helping others. There may also be garden digging, trail work, or home building volunteer efforts under way in your neighborhood. Take your teens with you and lend a hand when you can.

Support your kids' school sports - Lend a hand at your child’s soccer practices or go all the way and volunteer to be a coach. The most fun that I ever had exercising were the times I joined other parents on the field practicing with my kids in junior soccer. The kids always won and we all had a great time.

Focus on family favorites - Every family has some special activities that work.  If you like to be on the water or on the basketball or tennis courts, make time for those sports on the weekend. Or picnic and play at the park or run in a local marathon.

Whatever you choose you are sure to burn up a lot of calories and strengthen your muscles too.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Missouri City, Tex. 

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