One way that I exercise is to go to a community park land in the hills a few miles away from my house. There are a lot of hiking trails back there and it is a great way for me to get away from the computer and get in a bit of exercise while also enjoying nature. It also has the added advantage of being free (well, paid for by taxes, but these would be paid whether I used it or not) so I don’t have a monthly membership to pay.
I can vary the way that I exercise and the time I spend exercising. It is about a 15 to 20 minute bike ride to the place if I want to add some biking to the hiking or running, a 5 to 10 minute car ride if I don’t. There is also the option of taking the bus, although the time schedule isn’t the most convenient and I can spend a lot of time waiting around.
Once there, I can choose to run (usual) or hike. There are tennis courts right before you get to the hiking trails if that is something I want to do with a friend (or a wall where I can hit alone if I decide). There are plenty of areas to step aside and to other exercises or stretching if desired.
The first mile (which leads to a small farm with a lot of animals which is run by the parks and rec department and is popular with school field trips) usually has quite a few people, but once you get beyond that, you can decide to take the more traveled trails where you will meet quite a few people as you go, or the less traveled ones where you may not see anyone for the time you’re out.
Most important for me is that it is outside. Since I spend most of my time indoors at the computer, the last thing I want to do is be indoors riding a stationary bike or other such exercise machine. Granted, this means my exercise schedule is somewhat dependant on the weather, but the weather in this area of California is nice 90% of the time.
It goes to show that many times it’s possible to get something that is of better quality for yourself that cost less than paying for it (or is even free). What it entails is thinking beyond the first thing that comes to mind (when I thought of exercising, the local gym is what first came to my mind after moving back here) and seeing if there is something that will address several points you want rather than simply addressing individual points one by one (in this case, exercise, getting outdoors and enjoying nature)