10 Ways To Exercise At Home On A Tight Budget

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Do you not have time to drive to the gym and back or want to save a few bucks by eliminating your gym membership? If so, today’s post is going to be a game-changer! 

Here are 10 ways to exercise at home without a gym membership. 

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Create your own mini-gym

Did you know you can create your own home gym on a budget? You can create your dream gym at home with just a few items.

Some of the essentials for a budget home gym are:

What kind of workouts do you like to do? If you’re not a fan of strength training, maybe you just need a yoga mat and your computer playing a yoga video. 


I have tried out so many workout apps in the past few years, but one has really stood out. I’ve been using Aaptiv for 2 years and it makes me look forward to working out each and every time. 

Aaptiv is essentially like having a personal trainer. You get guided workouts whether you want to do cardio, strength training, yoga, pilates, meditation, and more. Aaptiv costs about $100 per year (or $50 if you get a subscription during a sale, like on Black Friday). This comes to about $8 a month. This is a great price when you compare it to a gym membership that can be up to $100 a month.

I also have a subscription to the Tone and Sculpt App. There are both home and gym programs for people who want to build muscle or lose weight. Meal plans are included. I paid $40 for a 3-month subscription. 

Here are a few free workout apps to choose from:

I recommend going into your phone’s app store and checking out all the workout apps.

If a workout app costs money, it’s generally less than $10 a month. Most workout apps have free trials as well.

YouTube. Yoga With Adrienne, Blogilates, and plenty more.

If you’re looking for a completely free workout program, I recommend following Yoga With Adrienne’s 30-day yoga program. All you have to do is look at her playlists to see what programs she offers on her YouTube channel. 

Yoga has so many benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, increased flexibility and muscle strength, and is an overall great boost for your daily energy. 

There are so many YouTubers who provide free workouts via videos. All you do is type in workouts in the YouTube search. You can even type in a specific workout you’re looking for, like a glute workout. 

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Use your library card

There are tons of workout programs you can partake in for no cost at all, all available at the library. If you’re looking for a specific workout program on DVD, you can ask your local librarian if the DVD is at other libraries or you can search for it when you log into your library dashboard. 

When I want a book or DVD, I request the library to buy it for the library’s use. My local library let’s library users request up to 10 books and items a year.

The workout DVD area at the library is massive and it’s definitely worth checking out. 

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Do a quick Pinterest search for a free workout and meal plan.

Pinterest is amazing because you can get a free and quick workout/meal plans very quickly, geared to your specific goals.

Most people use Pinterest for recipes or DIY crafts, but it can be used for so much more. Whenever I’m looking for a quick body workout, I go on Pinterest and find a quick workout to do.

You can even save pins to your phone, so if there’s a workout infographic you like, click download and it will save to your phone’s photos.  

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FitnessBlender is a site that is very specific to your wants in a workout.

FitnessBlender is an incredible website for fitness enthusiasts. You can find workouts that are in a specific time frame, the level of difficulty, training type, and equipment needed.

This website also offers healthy recipes, meal plans, and custom workouts. 

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Borrow a library book from the health and fitness section of your library.

When I began my fitness journey, the library was my best friend and even helped educate me on so many different subjects in the health world.

One of the first books I read was The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises, which shows you how to properly perform workouts so you don’t hurt yourself when you’re exercising. 

Clean your home more often

Cleaning burns many calories, as most of you might already know from vacuuming floors and cleaning bathtubs.

Also, studies have shown that a clean living space can boost productivity levels and make for a happier living environment.

I clean my house once a week and it’s a great way to get active and keep a clean household. 


Bodybuilding.com is an incredible resource for people looking for workout programs, meal plans, supplement advice, and a community of like-minded people. 

Bodybuilding is an awesome website anyone, and everyone should use, no matter what your goal may be. You can learn to educate yourself on different workouts and what muscles they target on the body.

Create your workouts with a resistance band

If you don’t have a resistance band already, they cost less than $15 and can work out your entire body. This resistance band on Amazon even comes up with a resistance band workout guide.

There are tons of free workout programs online for resistance bands. Pinterest has a massive selection of resistance band workout programs as well. 

Final note

Exercising at home doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Now that you know these 10 different ways to workout at home, take advantage of these tips. 

Do you workout at home?

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