I mentioned before that part of my self-care routine is doing some sort of physical activity each day. Now, don’t get it twisted. I don’t spend an hour+ at the gym every day. Hell no! I work with what fits into my schedule. Sometimes it is an hour long workout at the gym, sometimes it is 30 minutes at home, and sometimes it is 15 minutes of stretching while I am watching TV or Netflix.
My goal is to just get my blood flowing in some capacity. Physical activity is good for our body (obviously), but it is also great for our mind. Don’t believe it? See this article from Harvard that states how regular exercise improves memory and thinking skills. Aside from that, the endorphins boost is real. I can’t tell you how often I start a workout and am like “I don’t want to do this” and end up feeling re-energized and ready to take on the rest of my day after completing my workout.
Gym memberships can be expensive and unless it is a 24 hour facility, the hours may not match up with when you can go workout. Also, if you don’t live right by your gym or go past on your way to or from work, you also have to take driving time into account with your schedule. Time and money can be a huge barrier.
Rewind to 2013. I quit my gym membership because it was not working with my school and work schedule. I needed something to do to replace this loss. Enter Fitness Blender!
Fitness Blender is an amazing site with free, yes, FREE workouts! Over 500 of them for all fitness levels and equipment availability. The cheapest option is to focus on body weight videos that require no equipment. Or you can start cheap and as you grow to enjoy the programs, you can start to buy dumbbells to fit your needs. If you are interested in purchasing programs with Fitness Blender, they offer cheap $15 programs that you can use over and over again.
Now you may be thinking, “This is great, Tabbi, but I am not able to dedicate a lot of time to working out.”. Good news! You can choose the length of your workout on Fitness Blender. Not only that, if you are in the mood for a specific workout, like Pilates or cardio, you can filter your search by that. Don’t have any equipment? No worries, you can filter by “no equipment” to only see those workouts.
Doing a quick search for a 15-20 minute workout with no equipment yielded 58 workouts! 15 minutes is 1% of your day. Think about your daily routine. Start small. Maybe carve out time for 15 minutes once or twice a day to exercise. From there, you can grow your commitment based on what works for you.
Still saying, “Tabbi, thanks for the resource, but I always forget to work out until it is too late in the day”. Time to create a habit. My easy way to create habits is by using Google Calendar. In fact, I did a blog post about this! Creating habits can be hard, but scheduling in nudges that fit into your life is a great way to start the process.
Other great ways to find free or cheap workouts: YouTube and apps.