4 FREE WAYS TO GET FIT AND HEALTHY THIS SUMMER
The temps are rising, the sun is out, and bad weather is no longer an excuse for shirking that workout. But this doesn't mean you have to head into a sweaty gym or invest in pricy exercise equipment to get fit. Below, four ways to stay in shape and live healthier—at no cost.
By Julie Kosin Jun 20, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
Online Tutorials Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, a quick, effective workout is just a few keyboard strokes away. Head to Fitness Blender or BeFit's Youtube channel for free tutorials ranging from cardio and full-body training to yoga and Pilates.
Apps There is a variety of free programs available at the App store that target all of your health and wellness needs. Out and about and looking for a nutritious bite to eat? Download Greenhopping, which provides a list of juice spots and healthy eateries in your area. When you're prepping your grocery list, check out Locavoreto find the best markets for fresh food in your area, and when you're walking the aisles of the supermarket, scan Fooducate to get detailed information about your food before you buy it. Work out on the go with the Nike Training Club and Hot 5, apps which stream exercise videos straight to your phone, then keep track of your progress with MyFitnessPal, which counts calories, tracking your food intake and exercise output so you have a digital diary of your health at any time.
City-Wide Programs New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation runsShape Up NYC, which offers free workout classes—from aerobics to zumba and everything in between—weekly. Additionally, twice a week, NYC's Bryant Parkoffers a free yoga class that is oddly soothing against the backdrop of skyscrapers—all you need to do is RSVP beforehand. If you don't live in NYC, check your local department of Parks and Recreation for similar programs. If you're looking for something less intense—and perhaps, a bit of culture—check out local walking tours in your area—you'll be moving all day and you might even learn something new.
Join a Fitness Club Check your Parks and Rec department for a listing of local opportunities. For example, Nike and Lululemon provide free running clubs across the country. Prefer to workout alone? Explore your neighborhood—take a stab at the exercise stations at your local park, find a bike path, or head for a hike. DownloadParkFinder for a comprehensive listing of the best facilities your area has to offer.