Summer Savings Series #12: Save Money and Get Fit with These Summertime Activities and Programs

This post is #12 in the Money Life Network’s Summer Saving Series where you can be entered to win $100.  Also, visit Bible Money Matters for yesterday’s post in the series and My Investing Blog for tomorrow’s post.

Summertime Activities and Programs

I’ve got nothing against a gym membership, but there’s something odd about hitting the gym when you’ve got great weather outside.  Plus, there are plenty of things you can do to stay fit this summer that won’t cost as much as a gym membership.  Here are some good examples for you, including a few I’m doing:

Couch-to-5k Program – The “Couch-to-5k” running program will help you go from out-of-shape to fit in a short period of time with little to no expense.  From the website:

“You should ease into your running program gradually. In fact, the beginners’ program we outline here is less of a running regimen than a walking and jogging program. The idea is to transform you from couch potato to runner, getting you running three miles (or 5K) on a regular basis in just two months.”

Mrs. PT and I are currently doing this program (on week 2).  It’s costing us nothing but time (we already had running shoes).  Let me know if you’d like to join in with me.  I could use the motivation.

Local Schools for a Tennis Court and Track – For most people, a local high school track and/or tennis court will be open and accessible to local community members.  Make the most of these freebies by visiting them this week for a quick game or walk.  The local track is where Mrs. PT and I are doing our 5k program.

Podfitness – I’ve blogged about Podfitness before.  It’s basically a workout routine podcast you create by selecting a workout from hundreds of options (all by professionals) and combine with your own music from iTunes or Zune.  It’s pretty cool.  They have a 30-day free trial, which allows you to download a workout everyday.  That’s 30 free workout podcasts.  Plenty to last you all summer.

Neighborhood Swimming Pool – Like the track and tennis court, your community likely has a nice pool to enjoy for free or close to it.  Looking for a workout?  Ask around at the pool about swim clubs, lap times, and water aerobics.

Tivo Workout Channels– Got a digital video recorder (TiVo)?  Set it to record a few workout programs (usually scheduled for mid-mornings).  When you get home from work just fire up the TV and get your workout on.

Bike Trails – Break out the old bike (if you have one) and head for the bike trails.  Look online for your local trail listing.  In my area these are all free to use.

Online Workouts – Thousands of free workouts videos (from abs to full-body) can be found online by doing a search at You Tube for “workouts.”  As long as you have a decent connection for streaming, you can do your workout from where ever you’re reading this post.  Just make sure you disable your screen saver.

100 Push-Ups Challenge – Visit and take the 6-week challenge.  I’m doing this along with some fellow pf bloggers: Bible Money Matters, Free From Broke, The Happy Rock, Moolanomy, and Get Rich Slowly.  Costs nothing but your time (about 30 mins a week).

Summer Savings Series

Remember you can be entered to win $100 from the Money Life Network’s Summer Savings Series.

Got any other frugal fitness ideas?  Share them in the comments below…

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About Philip Taylor, CPA

Philip Taylor, aka "PT", is a CPA, blogger, podcaster, husband, and father of three. PT is also the founder and CEO of the personal finance industry conference and trade show, FinCon. He created Part-Time Money® back in 2007 to share his advice on money, hold himself accountable (while paying off over $75k in debt), and to meet others passionate about moving toward financial independence. He uses Personal Capital to track his wealth. All the content on this blog is original and created or edited by PT.


  1. @FFB – I’m sure Podfitness has something for that.

  2. Just go out and play! What ever you can do outside do it and have fun. Keep active!

    Great list of ideas. I need to look into the iPod workouts. I read somewhere there are sprint workouts where the music goes as long as your sprint should be.

    Thanks for the ideas!