Frugal Alternatives to Staying Physically and Financially Healthy This Summer

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Summer has officially begun and the timing couldn’t be better.

Working from home with two kids under six usually means I have a full schedule and not much time to waste. It also means that if we’re looking to make the most of our time together, being fit has to be a part of the routine. However, I don’t have the time or budget for an expensive gym membership. Instead, I like to look for ways that I can slip in a workout while I’m out and about.

If you’re looking for some frugal and flexible schedule friendly ways to stay fit over the summer, here are a few of my favorite activities to try out.

Hiking

For those breezy summer days, going on a hike is a wonderful way to get your body moving and yourself recharged at the same time. It’s even more fun when friends (or furry pets) tag along on your hike. My buddy Michelle loves snapping pics from her scenic hikes in Colorado, but I still enjoy the woody paths here in North Carolina. Climbing a mountain? Don’t forget to pack a healthy lunch for a picnic at the top with beautiful views to celebrate. If you live in a particularly mountainous area, challenge yourself to hiking the majority of them before summer is over.

Swimming

It may be obvious, but summer is the perfect excuse to jump into the water! Whether it’s hanging out at the beach or poolside, swimming is a fantastic total body workout. Even a lower paced swim can burn hundreds of calories per hour so take advantage. While our girls are splashing around, we can take turns doing laps.

Playground Pump Up

What better way to get some exercise in while watching the kids than playing at the jungle gym? (Yep, I went there). You don’t have to crank out a full workout. As your kids are playing have some fun on the monkey bars yourself with a few pull ups.

Kettlebells

Not every summer day is sunny. On those rainy afternoons, I head down to the basement and do a quick workout routine with the kettlebells and free weights. Mixing it also allows me to fight boredom and keeps me on pace for my fitness goals.
No matter how you decide to work out, just make sure you have some fun. You’ll be more likely to stick with things and get fit without breaking the bank or making the commute back and forth from the gym. Also, remember to properly warm up for a bit and stretch. I’d hate to see you get hurt while playing! If you outside make sure you have proper protection from the sun and bugs.

Eat Well

Even if you’re working out often, you’ll see better and faster results by making sure your diet is on point. Our local CSA (community supported agriculture) program is in full swing and we’re enjoying the produce coming. Cool salads can still pack a punch when you fill it out with some protein.
These are just a few of my ideas, I’d love to hear about yours! What are some of your favorite activities to do during summer? Where are some of the best spots in your city or town?

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