The holiday season can be a little rough on your body.
If you’re looking to improve your fitness routine, but you’re still broke from holiday shopping, don’t worry. You can still meet your New Year’s Resolution goals, even if you have to do it on a budget.
Yoga On High offers donation-based weekly yoga classes. You can be a yoga expert or it can be your first time on a mat, all skill levels are welcome. The classes take place on Saturday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and each week will explore a different style with a new instructor. Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats if possible.
Address: 1081 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43201
It may be hard to hold yourself accountable when it comes to working out, a workout app could be the best free solution for you. There are literally hundreds of free and low-cost workout apps, including free options from Nike, Fitbit, Moves, and more.
Crossfit is one of, if not the most, intimidating work out regimes to get the hang of. If you have been wanting to try it out, but the cost is holding you back, then you need to visit Crossfit Clintonville. The community WOD or Workout of the Day is a free class. The WOD gives potential crossfitters the opportunity to learn. The class is held every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. No advanced registration is required.
Address: 609 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus, OH 43214
With three locations around Columbus, System of Strength is the kind of gym everyone wants to be a part of. But if you can’t afford it quite yet, don’t worry. You can access a lot of workout routines by SOS through Youtube. Online, you’ll find videos guiding you through arms, legs, cardio, and more.
Address: Various Locations
Although this option isn’t technically free, it certainly won’t break the bank. For just $1, Columbus residents can purchase a Leisure Card. With the card, residents can have access to a variety of facilities offering free classes, from low impact workouts for those 50+ to walking to folk dancing. For an additional fee, there is also access to the weight room. Columbus Recreation and Parks Department have 18 designated “Get Active” centers with specialized workout facilities, cardio equipment, weight machines, and fitness classes.
Address: Various Locations
This cold won’t last forever, and once it’s over it will be the perfect time to get out and experience the Metro Parks. The Winter Hikes are back again with 13 hikes ranging in length and intensity. At the end of each hike, participants will be rewarded with warm food and drinks. The hikes begin on January 5 and continue through February 23. They are free and open to the public.
Working out at home can be fun but challenging if you don’t know exactly what you should be doing. Workout videos are a great way to learn new routines without having to cough up all of the money for a gym membership. If you’re trying to get the costs down to $0, consider renting workouts from the library. There are dozens of videos available from typical cardio and weight training exercises to belly dancing.
So don’t give up on your resolutions just because you don’t have a ton of extra cash. There’s so much you can do for free to stay fit and active.
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