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10 Low-Cost Ways to Stay Active

In today's fast-paced world, finding time to prioritize our health and fitness can be a challenge. Whether you're at home or traveling, staying active doesn't have to be a daunting task. In fact, with a little creativity and resourcefulness, you can seamlessly incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. As a bonus, we'll also show you how Illuminate You Fitness (IYF), with our online live, low-impact barre and Pilates fitness classes, can complement these activities. So let's dive in and discover ten affordable and accessible ways to keep moving!

  1. Dance Your Way to Fitness: Turn up the music and let loose! Dancing is a fantastic way to get your heart pumping and your body moving. Clear some space in your living room, put on your favorite tunes, and let your body groove. IYF's barre classes can further enhance your dance-inspired workouts, toning and sculpting your muscles while improving flexibility.

  2. The Power of Walking: Don't underestimate the simplicity of a good walk. Whether it's around your neighborhood or exploring new places while traveling, walking is a low-impact exercise that offers numerous health benefits. Lace up your sneakers and go for a brisk walk to get your blood flowing and enjoy the beauty of your surroundings. IYF monthly challenges gets you credit for walking with the potential to win a prize!

  3. Circuit Training with Household Items: Turn your home into a mini-gym by using everyday household items as exercise props. Grab a sturdy chair for step-ups, use canned goods as weights, or use a towel for resistance exercises. IYF's Pilates classes can supplement your circuit training routine, helping you improve core strength, stability, and posture.

  4. Yoga for Mind and Body: Discover the transformative power of yoga, which combines physical movement with mental relaxation. Roll out your yoga mat at home or in your hotel room and follow online yoga tutorials. Yoga enhances flexibility, builds strength, and promotes overall well-being. Pair it with IYF's barre classes for a comprehensive mind-body workout experience.

  5. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): Short on time? HIIT workouts are perfect for getting an intense workout in a limited timeframe. Incorporate exercises like jumping jacks, burpees, and mountain climbers into your routine. IYF's barre and Pilates classes can supplement your HIIT sessions by focusing on toning, lengthening, and strengthening specific muscle groups.

  6. Embrace Outdoor Activities: When traveling, take advantage of outdoor activities that allow you to explore while staying active. Go for a hike, rent a bike, or try a water sport. Being active in nature not only improves physical health but also boosts mental well-being. Use IYF's on-demand library to ensure you never miss a workout while on the go.

  7. Stair Workouts: If you have stairs at home or find them during your travels, they can become your secret fitness weapon. Incorporate stair exercises like step-ups, lunges, or sprints into your routine to build lower body strength and improve cardiovascular endurance. IYF's low-impact barre and Pilates classes provide a balanced approach to strengthen and tone your entire body.

  8. Resistance Band Workouts: Invest in a set of resistance bands, which are affordable and versatile exercise tools. Resistance bands can be used for a variety of exercises targeting different muscle groups. They are lightweight and portable, making them perfect for home workouts or when you're on the road. We incorporate resistance bands in IYF's barre classes to help with your strength-training regimen.

  9. Take Stretch Breaks: Sitting for long periods can lead to stiffness and muscle tightness. Combat this by incorporating regular stretch breaks into your day. Set a reminder to stand up, stretch, and move your body every hour. Stretching improves flexibility, relieves tension, and promotes blood circulation. IYF's VOD library contains a number of dynamic stretching exercises that can be a wonderful addition to your routine.

  10. Create a Home Workout Space: Designate a specific area in your home where you can work out comfortably. Clear out a corner, lay down an exercise mat, and gather your exercise props. Having a dedicated workout space not only makes it easier to stay motivated but also allows you to fully immerse yourself in your fitness routine. Shop a full list of gear for your studio or space at

Staying active doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. By embracing these ten low-cost ways to stay active at home or when traveling, you can maintain a consistent fitness routine that fits into your lifestyle. And with IYF, you have the perfect companion to elevate your workouts. Our online live, low-impact barre and Pilates fitness classes, along with our VOD library, offer a range of exercises that will enhance your strength, flexibility, and overall well-being. So, let's embark on this journey together, where staying active becomes an enjoyable part of your daily life, no matter where you are!


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