Despite costly gym memberships, the price of a personal trainer, waiting lists to get into the local Zumba class, working out doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Or any price for that matter! Here are some ideas which will get you fit for free and promise you a good time.
Fitness DVDs. No need to turn your nose up at Jane Fonda rolling around on a stability ball, nor a Z-lister weight-loss DVD. The Ministry of Sound does some good dance workouts, and for the serious fitness bunnies the Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred will soon whittle you into shape. Doing a range of workout DVDs gives you the opportunity to try many different routines and will stave off workout boredom. Push the furniture to the side and turn your lounge into a dance floor to work away your ‘wobbly bits’.
Trial Memberships. Don’t like the idea of committing to a two year gym contract? Many gyms or exercise programs offer a trial period in which you get all the benefits of membership without the fees (or plunking down a credit card). Head to gym websites, such as Fitness First and LA Fitness to sign up for up to a 7-day trial and get testing out their machines and classes. Groupon also do 10-day gym guest passes for a bargain deal, so start hunting around.
Fitness Store Events. Many local running and athletic apparel stores offer running groups or free fitness classes led by certified coaches and trainers, including Sweaty Betty, Nike Running Club (google NRC) and Sweatshop Running. This is a great way to get expert advice and find new workout buddies. Don’t be shy - enquire and a store and give it a go.
Party in the Park. Get a group of friends together and plan a 5k round the park, or get doing outdoor circuits together. This could be doing tricep dips on a park bench, running on uneven terrain, and crunches and lunges on the grass. The more friends you take, the more fun you’ll all have.
Get Appy. There are hundreds of fitness apps available for smartphones. Couch-to-5k is a free and popular app for those who have never attempted running before, and will soon have you up and setting your own personal best records. Other ones include Adidas MiCoach which provides voice coaching and training plans, Office Yoga, for those workaholics chained to their desk through lunch breaks, Fitness Buddy offering over 300 exercises, and the Nike Training Club app so you can get down and ‘just do it’ with their audio guidance and video demos from top fitness trainers.
Stop blaming membership prices for your lack of exercise and start getting fit for free (and plenty more fun, too)!