From yoga to jogging: these sports are the cheapest

DGermans are sports enthusiasts. According to a 2019 Forsa survey, 35% of Germans play sports two to three times a week. Among young people between 18 and 29 years old it is even almost half. But sports as a hobby can also cost a lot of money. Many gym operators are currently increasing their monthly fees and not everyone is able or willing to invest in expensive sports equipment. A comparison portal has now discovered which sports are the cheapest to buy equipment for.

1st place: jump rope

Who still remembers the old hemp skipping ropes with wooden handles? Jumping rope was so much fun even when I was a kid. Although the ropes have changed a bit visually, they are still efficient for fitness. In fact, if you get going, you can lose up to 500 calories per half hour of jumping, or about 350 calories at a moderate pace. Jump ropes for beginners are available from an affordable price of €8, and cost an average of €25, depending on the shape, color and length. The most expensive models are sometimes in the triple digit range.

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Nike professional jump rope for advanced skiers, around 26 euros, available here*

2nd place: Hula Hoop

Especially during the long lockdown period, one or another hula hoop was dug out of the basement. With the hula hoop sport you can build muscle and lose weight at the same time, whether in the garden, in the living room or in the study. If you rock the tire back and forth for an hour, you can burn up to 500 calories. For all beginners: At the beginning, you should take a look at the tips and tricks on the best way to mount the helmet, so that the tire does not keep falling off. Correct technique is crucial here in order to persevere. The price is particularly attractive. A hula hoop in various designs and with removable elements is available from just 20 euros.

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Schildkröt hula hoops, in different colours, around 20 euros, available here*

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3rd place: swimin

In a few months the outdoor pools will finally reopen. Until then, indoor pools will remain open in Germany. Swimming at a steady pace in an hour burns about 700 calories, so the sport is great for losing a few winter pounds from your stomach and waist, and at the same time it doesn’t hurt your joints. Swimming is not an expensive hobby, after all, you only need a swimsuit or a bathing suit. If you don’t necessarily buy the most expensive brands here, including accessories like swimming goggles and a cap, it costs around 50 euros. Of course, there are no upper limits. You have to pay a little more to enter the bathrooms. If you want to swim a lot, you should look into annual tickets.

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Adidas bikini in black, about 40 euros, available here*

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Lacoste swimsuit in dark blue, about 46 euros, available here*

4th place: Yoga

Trending sports yoga focuses on mental health. Compared to other sports, there is no targeted weight loss, but there are variants that sweat a lot. Sport may be cheap to buy, but many manufacturers also entice with chic lifestyle products. There are cheap models from 30 euros, to mats for 1650 euros from Prada. When buying, you need to make sure that you have a firm footing on the mat and do not slip.



Mala hybrid yoga mat in apricot, about 89 euros, available here

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5th place: jogging

Headphones on, get out, get out and let’s go. Special running clothing is not absolutely necessary for beginners in mild temperatures. However, when running, the quality of the shoe plays an important role, so it makes sense not to buy the cheapest products. Experts advise investing around 100 euros.

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Asics Novablast 2 running shoe in black for men, around 113 euros, buy it here*

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The Kawana One One by Hoka women’s jogging pants in white, around 112 euros, available here*

6th place: Nordic Walking

Nordic walking is slowly losing its pensioner image, although it is especially ideal for people who are overweight and have joint problems. Endurance sport protects and strengthens the bones, joints and cardiovascular system and trains the back and shoulder muscles. If you do Nordic Walking for an hour, you can burn up to 400 calories. With the poles and the right shoes, the price is around 130 euros.

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Newfeel poles, about 55 euros, available here*

7th place: football

With around four billion fans, soccer is the most popular sport in the world. The sport is not only effective because it trains the whole body, but it is also relatively cheap. If you only need a ball and a shoe, it is around 150 euros. Of course, if you want to play football in a club and don’t want to do without a suitable shirt, you also pay.

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Adidas Malice Elite SG soccer shoe in silver, 110 euros, available here*

8th place: roller skating

One sport that has received renewed attention in recent years is roller skating. The sport is really fun on a smooth asphalt surface, but keeping your balance is not that easy. You will be rewarded with well-shaped buttocks, because mainly the buttocks and leg muscles are trained. The skates, the helmet and the knee and wrist guards cost about 150 euros.

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Story Glacier skates with retro air, about 89 euros, available here

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Vintage-style roller skates for men in black, about 110 euros, available here

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9th place: inline skating

Inline skating is roller skating from the 1990s. Since the wheels on inline skates are larger and thinner than roller skates, you are more flexible and faster. As a result, you can burn up to 800 calories in an hour and also train your leg and buttock muscles effectively. You should calculate about 170 euros for skates, protectors and helmet.

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Fila skates in light blue and black, available in various colours, around 125 euros, available here*

10th place: riding a bike

The bicycle market is booming. Especially during the pandemic period, many bought a bicycle again to reduce the level of internal stress. It doesn’t matter if you’re on your way to work, in your spare time or on real race tracks: cycling provides positive energy and is fun. Sport also has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, promotes blood circulation in the body and is easy on the joints. There are no price limits when buying, there are savings offers from 250 euros. To protect yourself against injury, you should also invest in a high-quality helmet.

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Elops Speed ​​neon red bike, available in several colors, around 250 euros, buy it here*

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