Hello! I'm Ashleigh! I live in Michigan with my family of 3 girls (4 year old twins and a 2 year old), husband and abnormally large lab mix. Since I was little, I have loved to save money, but my bargaining skills were kicked up a notch when we found out we were having twins. I can spot a red clearance sticker from a mile away! I write tips and recipes on my blog Being Cheap is Easy and also on Recipes4Living. I love to cook, read, listen to music and watch anything on Bravo (so addicting!). Say hello on Twitter or Instagram!
So I’m going to be honest: I’m not the most athletic person (I run like Phoebe from Friends). I will find any excuse to not workout. But in the past year I’ve learned to loathe it a bit less. Baby steps!
Here are a few tips to save on your fitness.
1. Get a pedometer and set a goal!
I got a Fitbit for Mother’s Day last year and I love it. Yes, it was around $50, but I now know how active I am and I’ve set goals. A simple pedometer can be found anywhere and it can cost as little as $5. I try to get 10,000 steps a day.
2. Checkout Fitness DVDs from your library
I love the library, that’s no secret. I started checking out fitness DVDs a few years ago and it’s such a great way to keep at-home workouts fun. Plus, you don’t have to invest a lot of money in a DVD you might not like. I have ended up buying a few of my favorites. Also check out Netflix and Amazon Instant has a ton! Here’s a few I love:
- Bob Harper’s Inside Out series-especially the yoga. SO hard, but you get a great workout
- Jillian Michaels’ Ripped in 30 and 30 Day Shred
- Wii Zumba-fun for the whole family!
3. Check out your local YMCA
We never thought we could afford a gym membership, but we found out our YMCA offers some scholarships based on income. For about 1.5 years now, we have been members and it’s such a great part of our life. For the kids, they offer 2 hours of daycare while we are working out. They have a great selection of classes included with the membership and also you get a discount on classes like soccer or dance for the kids. Even if you don’t have a local YMCA, check out others in the area and ask about discounts.
4. Make it a group activity
When we take the kids to the park, my husband always gets a quick workout in. I used to make fun of him, but it is actually a great workout! Try the monkey bars or run the track. Get in some of your daily steps (see tip #1) and get some quality time in with your kids! We also like to play “red light, green light” or tag. In the winter, we play hide-and-seek inside or we play Wii Zumba together (Just Dance Kids 2014 is super fun too!)
5. Use Apps!
- Couch-2-5K is a great running motivator
- MyFitnessPal lets you track your food and fitness
- Yoga Studio isn’t free, but it’s SO worth it! You can create your own classes or follow one already made. If you travel a lot, this would be a great tool for a hotel workout!
- MapMyRun is my husband’s favorite. Do us all a favor by not connecting it to Facebook though…we all don’t need to see every time you run 5 miles.
Now go ahead! Work it, girl!
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