Low-cost exercise? Yes, please! Warming temperatures and longer days are reminding us of our upcoming summer vacations and those holiday pounds we’re yet to shed. And it turns out, a healthy and active lifestyle isn’t just good for your body, it’s also good for your wallet.
A balanced diet and regular exercise can help you avoid health problems down the line and keep your medical costs low. Contrary to popular belief, staying fit doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, the right workout can even be fun!
Here are our favorite low-cost exercise adventures near our headquarters in Santa Monica and our first launch country, Vietnam. Hopefully, these ideas inspire you to find fun, affordable ways to stay fit this summer and beyond, wherever you live!
- Bike the Strand.
It doesn’t get more West Coast than the Strand bike path. Beginning at Will Rogers State Park in Santa Monica, the Strand offers cyclists a gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean while they traverse up to Torrance State Beach, passing sights like Marina del Rey, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach along the way. Bike rentals are available at different locations along the path. At 40-miles round trip, it’s the perfect all-day workout, and you won’t feel guilty when you stop for ice cream along the way!
- Explore the outdoors.
Hiking is a great way to stay fit while also taking in gorgeous sights. Filled with lush jungles, sprawling countrysides and gorgeous mountain ranges, Vietnam is a paradise for people who love the outdoors. Located in the Northwest region of the country, Sapa is considered one of the best treks in Vietnam. Sapa is home to Mt. Fansipan, the highest peak in Vietnam, and the area is home to several ethnic minorities who will help you discover a side of Vietnam that tourists rarely see. Cao Bang is another popular hike that offers gorgeous rivers, mountains and jungles to admire. Stop by the nearby Ban Gloc waterfall on the border with China to cool off from the humidity.
- Try stand up paddle boarding.
If you’re not a strong swimmer, stand up paddle boarding might be the sport for you. It’s low-impact compared to surfing, but it has the same benefits when it comes to improving your balance and giving you a full body workout. Once you get the hang of it, you can relax and enjoy the ocean views. Stand up paddle board lessons are often offered at popular beach destinations around the world and are especially popular in California and Hawaii.
- Stroll through urban landscapes.
Big cities are great for walking and offer plenty of historic sites If you’re visiting a new locale, try booking a walking tour to get familiar with the city and meet other travelers. In Vietnam’s two largest cities, Ho Chi Minh City (a.k.a. Saigon) and Hanoi, a variety of free guided walking tours are offered. If you opt for a street food tour, you can burn off the extra calories while you walk! In Los Angeles, you can find several staircases to help you break a sweat, such as the Culver City Stairs near Santa Monica, the Murphy Ranch stairs in the Santa Monica Mountains and the Santa Monica Stairs which overlook the Pacific Ocean.
But remember, exercise is only half the battle! To complement these low-cost exercise ideas, next month we’ll share tips for maintaining a healthy diet without spending a fortune. Stay tuned!