How To Get Fit on a Budget

Gym memberships, fitness trackers, personal trainers and expensive footwear can make getting fit seem pricey. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Get fit on a budget, with these cheap exercise ideas.

Put one foot in front of the other

Sometimes, the best things in life really are free – such as a walk in the park on a sunny day. If you’re looking for cheap ways to get fit, going for a stroll in the fresh air definitely beats working out on a treadmill. You can do it wherever you like, at a time to suit you – and it could even save you money on transport, if you incorporate walking into your daily routine.

Hit the library

Not for an exercise class (although it’s good to walk there and back if you can), but to take advantage of their selection of fitness DVDs. Libraries are free to join (although you may have to pay a pound or two to borrow DVDs), and they offer a wealth of resources to help you get fit at home. While you’re there, take the opportunity to check out books on fitness and healthy eating.

Use an outdoor gym

If there’s a public park near you, chances are it’s equipped with adult fitness apparatus. These outdoor gym areas are popular in parks and playgrounds all over the UK, and they’re absolutely free to use. With a variety of equipment available such as cross trainers, seated rowing machines, and chest and leg presses, a visit to your local park could be the only gym you need.

Swap your skills

If you’re desperate for a little guidance and expertise, but can’t afford the services of a personal trainer, think about what you could offer in a skill swap. Perhaps you could team up with a fitness specialist who wants to learn a language or get their hair cut for free. In return for your skills, they could put you on the right path to fitness.

Set up an indoor fitness area

If you’re going to use it regularly, investing in some fitness equipment to use at home can be more cost-effective than paying for the gym. Look for bargains on second-hand selling sites and Freecycle – you never know what you could pick up free or very cheap. And having a dedicated home gym will boost your motivation to keep up your exercise regime.

Download an app

There’s a wide variety of fitness apps available to download for free. For running, try apps like the NHS-supported Couch to 5k or Runtastic. Weight trainers can use Fitbod, while if you just want to increase your activity levels, Better Points and Fitnet can be the motivation boost you need. The apps available change all the time, so for the very latest downloads try searching online for free fitness apps.

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