"CHECK OUT FREE RESOURCES ONLINE", IS ONE BIT OF ADVICE GIVEN! “Fitness is for everyone, and though costly classes and memberships may work for some, they aren't necessary for getting–and staying–in great shape” says the expert quoted by Jackie Veling in an article for ACTIVE.com, “Creative Ways to Get and Stay Fit that Don’t Cost a Dime.”
The excellent advice given in the article is similar to what you’ll find on the Earned Runs blog. Investigate nearby public parks with benches or playgrounds, community swim and fitness centers, and high school or college athletic fields/track for personal use that don’t require a membership. Map out courses on which to run/walk/hike safely in your own neighborhood, or locate one elsewhere that fits your work schedule.
Earned Runs also feels that participating in organized events is not necessary to achieve fitness. To join the broader community of runners, walkers, hikers, and other exercise buffs who regularly take on challenges to achieve fitness goals there is no spending requirement. Training and competing are physical and mental commitments which need not be tied to financial commitments.
As the article suggests, free clubs can be a place to start if you desire company and the motivation of others while exercising and training. Specialty stores that carry gear for running, hiking/walking, cycling, exercising, and water sports are a good place to begin looking for such groups. Contact information is likely to be available at the brick-and-mortar store or on the website.
It also is not necessary to set competition in a big-name organized event, 6 months to a year in advance, as a goal. Plunking down a high registration fee to participate raises the stakes and the cost of not following through on a goal activity that must take place on a specific date, in a set location. However, unforeseen circumstances can disrupt the best of plans. Being a no-show at an event, for reasons beyond your control can be especially discouraging. As an alternative, committing to a personally designed challenge that don’t bust a tight budget can provide motivation as well. Custom events can be rescheduled in the case of bad weather, family emergencies, or injuries.
You don’t need Earned Runs online support and bibs and to create a personal challenge or event. But the bibs and resources are free, and might help you stay and get in shape without spending a dime.
The advice given in the LAST SLIDE of Veling’s slideshow piece suggests, “Check out free resources online”.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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