Staying in or getting into shape is important. But can it be done without emptying your wallet? Here are some ways the crew at Investors Bank likes to exercise, all without spending much money.
1) Take a Hike
Not only does hiking get you outside and exploring scenic areas, but it is also great for your health! Hiking is categorized as an aerobic exercise and has a ton of benefits. Just one hour can burn up to 500 calories depending on the incline and weight you’re carrying. It is also said that hiking can lower your blood pressure by four to ten points and reduce the danger of heart disease, diabetes and strokes for those at high-risk. You can turn hiking into a family event as it has a ton of benefits for kids as well! Your kids are more likely to be physically fit and have a lower risk of becoming obese, developing high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes. Hiking can also result in a better sleep at night and being more alert in class.
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2) Om’s the Word
Yoga is a great way to relax, stretch and work up a sweat. Incorporating yoga into your routine can help improve your flexibility, build muscle strength, perfect your posture, prevent cartilage and joint breakdown, increase blood flow, increase your heart rate, lower your blood pressure and much, much more.
The best part of yoga is you can practice anywhere! Throughout New York and New Jersey there are tons of free yoga classes. You can practice in the parks of New York City or on the beaches of New Jersey- for a small donation or FREE!
3) Row, Row Your Boat
If you’re looking to add some variation into your workouts then kayaking is something to consider. It also comes with many health and weight loss benefits such as building strength, increasing endurance, improving heart health and regulating cholesterol levels. Not to mention, over the course of a long excursion, it’s easy to burn more than 1,000 calories!
Don’t have a kayak? No problem! Several organizations in New York City and New Jersey offer kayak sessions for a small donation or FREE!
What other low-cost ways to stay in shape are there? Let us know in your comments below! If you’re looking to save money on more than just your fitness routine, look into speaking to our team at Investors Financial Group or sock away money in our savings and money market accounts!