Gym memberships can be expensive, but there is no need to let that get in the way of your fitness goals as you can get fit and healthy for free.
Here are some top ways to get fit on a budget.
#1 Park power workouts
The park is a goldmine for body weight workouts. There is plenty of open space to run for some cardio and most parks have everyday things that make for an effective workout.
✓ Think of benches for step ups, tricep dips, box jumps and monkey bars for pull-ups in the playground. Some parks even have outdoor gyms!
✓ Try some such as lunges, squats and push-ups.
The park is also great for the soul – there’s is nothing like some greenery, wildlife and fresh air to clear your head!
#2 Join/create your own running group
Running groups often operate locally and plan runs and training sessions for free. These are a fantastic way to keep motivated and also meet new people. The camaraderie of a group will help keep you motivated and encourage some friendly competition.
Time passes by much quicker when having fun and combining fitness with new friendships is a great recipe for success. There is also safety in numbers, especially if you are running after work in the evenings.
✓ Many running groups also sign up to events such as marathons as a team making them a great way to achieve some of your running goals!
Another great workout is climbing stairs; they’re one of the easiest things to access as most places have an abundance of them. If you can find some outdoors, that’s even better!
✓ Stair climbing burns more calories than jogging and is a low impact form of exercise that requires no equipment.
✓ Make your workout more difficult with glute-building benefits by skipping a few steps at a time or add in intervals/sprints.
Skipping isn’t the cardio of choice for boxers for no reason!
It’s an excellent way to improve your aerobic fitness and provides a super tough workout no matter where you are. You can also clock-up some serious fat burning in a short amount of time.
All you need is your rope and you are good to go. As you get fitter, you can work on your rope skills and try add in some more complicated combinations.
Online training plans
No matter what your goals are; be it muscle building, fat loss or just improving your fitness, there is a free online plan for you.
The internet is a great source of knowledge and information, especially if you go with some of the larger websites that have some tried and tested plans that you can go to for some inspiration for your own workout.
Take Home Message
There are so many ways to work out for free if you don’t have access to a gym.
Try out some of these free places to train and enjoy the great outdoors!
Studies have shown exercisers that train outdoors get a bigger boost to their mental and physical health so give it a go!