Exercise on a Budget: My Current Solution

Reader Question:

Do you have any ideas on how to get a good workout with out spending a lot of money. We can’t afford to join a gym and all the exercise videos I want seem expensive.  Any ideas?

In my pre-four-kids life THE HUSBAND and I used to hit the gym around 7, workout for an hour or more, then come home and eat a light dinner around 9pm. Smack dab in the middle of life with four young kids that schedule looks ridiculous to me. All I want to do by 7pm is curl up in my bed.


Exercise is usually the first thing I am willing to cut out of a busy day, but it really should be the last. A quick trip to the gym does not exist in this girl’s life. So here is my latest solution: Daily Burn. Daily Burn offers a variety of workouts you can watch on your computer, iPad®, iPhone®, Android®, TV, and more.

You can chose the workout you want for the day or follow a customized calendar. You can sort workouts by intensity, difficulty or length. (I love that.) You can also chose your style: cardio, strength, yoga, kickboxing, abs, mobility, core, metabolic conditioning, stretching, etc. They have workouts for beginners and advanced workouts for those who are a little more fit than the rest of us.

I have been using this for about 6 months now.Inferno kicked my behind last month and I am loving Tactical Bodyweight Training this month. It is working muscles I didn’t even know I had. If you want a good ab workout choose one of the dance/zumba workouts and do it with someone like THE HUSBAND. I laughed so hard that day my abs were sore for a week.

Anyway, why do I love Daily Burn? It is $10 a month, which is much less than our previous gym membership. It keeps me from getting bored. I can exercise wherever and whenever I can/want to.  It also offers personalized nutrition plans and recipes.

So, Daily Burn is my current suggestion.

Jogging and walking outside are always free. So grab a friend or two and start walking together. You could trade workout videos with a friend, or look at a use book and DVD store like McKay’s. 

How about you? How do you work exercise into your budget- time and money budget?  Share your ideas and help a fellow reader out!


  1. Margo Mathis says:

    My co-workers are really loving zuma classes at a local church, the sessions are $3. They go to a church on Western, however, a bunch of local churches offer the zuma .

    I have not been able to go yet (6:30-7:30), that is my dinner with husband time.

    Hopefully, I can go try it out soon!

  2. I’m a single mother of three children so money & time are always tight. But five years ago I decided to take care of myself and began by walking just one mile every day…regardless of whether I have the time or not. Now my goal is 20 miles per week, most days I do a three mile walk/jog and occasionally up it to five miles. The only cost is the cost of shoes! When time is tight, I break it up into small segments but somehow make myself get moving each day!

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