How to Stay Active on a Budget This Summer

Summer can be a tumultuous time for fitness junkies. Between the Calgary Stampede’s seemingly endless catalogue of deep-fried delights and new insta-worthy treats popping up on your feed, finding the time and willpower to stay fit can quickly disappear out the window. Add in the expenses associated with obtaining a gym membership and the resolve to stay healthy can seem almost as disenchanting as the thought of another four years of Trump rule. *Shudder* Nevertheless, I’ve taken it upon myself to come up with some low-budget means of staying fit this summer. If you’ve ever wanted to join a gym or explore new places, then I’m sure you’ll find one of these options to be just right for you.

The City of Calgary’s Summer Youth Passport – $50

The city of Calgary is currently offering youth ages 7-17 youth passports priced at $50. These allow youth passport holders unlimited swimming, skating, and gym activities between July 1st – August 31, 2017. Regular youth passes cost $30.70 a month, meaning you save 10$ by taking advantage of this opportunity. For more information on acquiring a summer youth passport, click here.

GoodLife’s Teen Fitness Program – Free!

Every summer, GoodLife fitness offers youth ages 12-17 a Teen Fitness membership. Participating teens in the program have full club access with the following exceptions: pool, sauna, whirlpools, certain free weights/machines, Hot Yoga and indoor tanning program. If you have no money but still want to stay fit, this is a great opportunity. For more information on the program, click here.

City of Calgary Cycling and Walking Routes – Free!

The city of Calgary is full of cycling and walking routes. This is a great way to get fit while enjoying the sunshine, and the best part? It’s free! For your convenience, the city of Calgary has carefully catalogued all the cycling and walking routes in the city on their website, which you can access here. You can either pick a route that runs through a city park or one that incorporates local attractions. This is a great way to get out and explore the city and maybe discover something new!

City of Calgary Wading Pools, Spray Parks and Outdoor Pools – 0-7$

Wanna cool off while staying active? The city of Calgary has a vast amount of wading pools, spray parks and outdoor pools dispersed around the city. There’s bound to be one near your community, and depending on where you go, the admission is free or relatively inexpensive. For more information and a list of locations, click here.


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