Renewing Your New Year’s Resolution on a Budget

woman runningby Alana King, one of our spring student bloggers

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who pledged to get healthier by beginning to exercise, you may also be one of the millions of Americans who have stopped working out on a regular basis and returned to their pre-New Year’s lives.

If that sounds like you, here are six ways to get back into the groove without spending a lot of money:

  1. Campus Workout FacilitiesMost colleges of DCCCD have physical education classes and fitness centers. For less money than the monthly fee at a local gym, you can have access to several pieces of cardio and weight equipment as well as classes that will get your heart pumping and take the excess weight off of you. Find out more about campus fitness centers.
  2. Local Recreation Centers. Your city may have one or more recreation centers with workout facilities and classes such as jazzercise, boot camp and aerobics that can give you the same results as a local gym for a fraction of the cost.
  3. Video Games. Many of the newer consoles now have games that serve to get you moving like Just Dance and Wii Fitness, which has several different sports to choose from to get you moving in the comfort of your own home.
  4. Your Apartment’s Workout Facilities. Several apartment complexes have workout facilities that residents can use. If yours doesn’t, maybe a friend’s does, giving you a free place to work out and a workout buddy.
  5. YouTube. There are dozens of full-length workouts available from Tae Bo to yoga. All you need is some room to move and Internet access.
  6. Your Neighborhood. Just taking a walk around your neighborhood or on a nearby school’s track is a great first step in the right direction towards a healthier lifestyle. Even if you aren’t able to do more strenuous workouts, you can walk your way back to your goal to exercise more this year.

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