Being fit and healthy doesn’t have to be expensive – it’s all about using what’s available for you. Armed with a bit of get-up-and-go and good planning, you can be fitter than ever without spending a penny! Here are a few ways to get fit for free only using what’s around you:
1 - Get online!
Dedicate some time to using the Internet to help you reach your
fitness goals. Facebook and Twitter are home to many fitness professionals sharing free information, so find, follow and learn! YouTube is a great source of free instructional videos - Simply enter what you want to know into the search bar and you’ll find some
great resources. You’d be surprised at how many free guides are
2 - Exercise for a good cause
Charities have used fitness activities to aid fundraising for years –
have a go at searching locally for what's happening in your area. Most events involve achievable challenges such as group walking or a 5k. For the more experienced, there are more challenging ones such as the gruelling Tough Mudder or the Warrior Run to name a couple.
These types of charity events often require some pre-training, which can give your fitness sessions a sense of structure and purpose. Best of all, it’s for a good cause! This is a really strong motivator, and coupled with not wanting to let people down will push you through to the end.
3 - Become an Opportunist
Find those opportunities to exercise throughout your day - use stairs instead of lifts, walk up escalators or get off a few stops early when on a bus. Our legs contain the biggest muscle in your body and putting them under pressure as often as possible throughout the day is good for fat burning.
Try and park much further away from the supermarket entrance. Choosing to walk across a large car park with shopping bags or pushing a heavy trolley is great for upper body strength a great idea for the fitness opportunist.
4 - Press Ups
Press ups are one of the oldest but most effective exercises out there. There’s no need to go all drill-sergeant on yourself, but they are really great for your upper body and can be done just about anywhere.
Press ups build optimal strength in the forearms, wrists, upper arms, shoulders, chest and core muscles in the middle of your body. They are an important exercise to have within a regular training regime, and with no equipment required, are the perfect exercise to do at home.
Press ups are a great tool to self-assess your progress in upper body strength too. The more you can do the stronger you’re becoming! If you're unsure how to perform the perfect press up, then remember tip number one; look on YouTube! In the meantime, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:
- Fully extend the elbows but don't lock them
- Lower your chest as close to the ground as possible
- Your toes should be on the floor at a similar width distance to your hips
- Your legs, hips and back should be straight
5 - Dance!
Dancing is amazing and can have a great effect on improving fitness levels and flexibility. Play music before you leave the house in the morning or enjoy a quick boogie when you get home from work. Not only is it great exercise, but you can have some fun and do all the silly moves you want to (provided no one’s looking).
For a more effective dance, make sure there's lots of arm swinging, knee bends and hip movements. For those that don't feel they have what it takes to dance 'freestyle', look up instructional videos online for various, upbeat ballroom dances like salsa or swing.
The above are just a few examples of getting fit for free. Remember, the world can be your gym, and with a bit of research you can put together a great exercise plan that doesn’t cost a penny.
Check out our fitness section for more great ideas, and get in touch with your own free fitness tips!