Money can’t buy you fitness anyway.
If getting fit is your goal for 2018 but you’re failing so far due to lack of funds, don’t despair. Even if you don’t have any cash at all it’s still possible to get yourself into better shape than you are right now without resorting to doorstep loans and loans for people with bad credit. Here are 5 easy ways to get fit without spending any money at all.
- Get a personal trainer
And by a personal trainer we mean your housemate/partner/sibling/best friend. Study after study has shown that when we train together and set shared goals we tend to be more motivated to achieve them. When your alarm clock goes off in the morning for that 6am run and you’re tempted to just pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep, you’ll be much less likely to flake if you’ve got someone else waiting to do it with you.
- Go online
The internet is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to get fitter and healthier in 2018. Fitness blogs share insights and tips on the best exercises for building certain types of muscle or great enjoyable cardio. And there are plenty of exercise plans and videos too, whether you’re looking to take a dance class or learn how to use your body to train for strength. You’ll often find sessions that are live streamed or available via free apps or for download – there’s just no need to pay for an expensive class these days if you don’t want to.
- Become a road runner
The terrain in the area that you live can be as effective for getting you fitter as any expensive gym. All you need is a pair of sneakers and a map/phone and you can start exploring, whether your surroundings are countryside lanes or urban roads. If you haven’t run before then it’s important to start slowly – medical guidelines for new runners recommend taking around two months to get to the point where you can run 5k. And if running doesn’t appeal at all – or you’re physically not able to do it – then brisk walking can deliver just as much benefit to overall physical fitness.
- Walk everywhere
If you don’t have time to spend on workouts and you’re seriously short of cash then introducing more walking into your daily routines can make a big difference to fitness levels. Walk to work, walk to the shops, walk to the station and walk when you go to meet your friends or family if you’re socialising. Even if you do nothing other than add walking to your daily schedule you’ll still start to make a difference to your fitness – and there’s no cash cost involved.
- Create your own home workout
You don’t need a gym membership to work out – your own front room is just fine. If you don’t have the money for equipment, such as weights, then there are other ways to achieve better fitness, from using the impact of lifting your own body, to using items you find around the house. If you’re in need of inspiration there are plenty of home workout plans online.