Between gym memberships, class fees, and workout equipment, getting fit can seem like an expensive ordeal — but it doesn’t have to be. Check out the list below for a few ways you can get fit without spending a penny.
1. Use weights from around the home.
Weights are an important part of any workout, but there’s no need to splash the cash when household items work fine. Get creative with whatever is on hand, like soup cans and bags of flour.
2. Follow fitness professionals on social media.
Nowadays, there’s no need to employ a personal trainer when Instagram and Twitter are filled with professionals happy to share their tips for free. You can also follow celebs who regularly share their workouts for more specific exercise routines.
3. Get a friend to join you.
Finding the motivation to workout when you’re home alone is really difficult, especially when the pajamas and TV are calling. Try working out with a friend as a way of sticking to your routine and ignoring the distractions around the home.
4. Use clothes you don’t wear anymore.
Don’t bother with the expensive activewear everyone seems to be advertising. It doesn’t matter what your outfit looks like when you’re working out at home, so just use anything you feel comfortable in.
5. Use your furniture.
Lots of the best exercises, such as tricep dips, can be done at home by simply using a sofa or chair. Line yourself up with an appropriate piece of furniture and lower your body weight using only your arms for an effective and free workout.
6. Create a space for working out.
Part of the attraction of the gym is that it’s a space solely dedicated for working out. Try doing the same at home by having a room or corner where you always exercise.
7. Skip to it.
A jump rope is ideal for lots of different exercises. You can do cardio by simply skipping and jumping, plus it can be wrapped around sturdy objects and used for resistance training and stretching. Or, why not try toning your belly by hula hooping?
8. Put your goals on the fridge.
Don’t rely on personal trainers or other gym members to keep track of your progress for you. Keep track of your progress by recording your body transformation on the fridge, and have your exercise plan up there as well.
9. Use your stairs.
Step machines are a great way of working out your leg muscles but aren’t really needed when you’ve got a flight of stairs in front of you. Put some music on and do some steps to tone your legs.
10. Try teeth-brushing squats.
Brushing your teeth at the end and beginning of the day is a necessary but time-consuming task. Use the time to do some squats and you’ll be feeling toned within a few weeks.
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