Christmas has been and gone and many of us start the New Year wanting to get into better shape. However gyms and fitness classes can be expensive. There are lots of easy ways to get fit – here are just a few ideas.
There’s no need to spend lots of money on gym or workout equipment. There are plenty of things around the house that can help. Bags of sugar or tins of food make great weights for working out. A sturdy chair or countertop can help with push-ups to work those muscles.
Walking around the park is great exercise. Just doing some laps of your local park can burn as many calories as an intensive work out. Some people even use the kids play equipment to help them work out. Use the slide to help with sit-ups and the climbing frame for muscle strength. Just make sure the kids get a go too!
Lots of gyms have offers on, and there will be more available in January. If paying for a full-time membership seems like a big commitment, ask if they have a pay as you go option. Some gyms even offer a heavily discounted membership if you are on Universal credit, you just need to ask at the reception.
Check Facebook buying sites or places like Gumtree to see if you can buy any second-hand equipment cheaper. Lots of people will buy new equipment and then not use it as much as they thought.
Lots of computer games can help you get fit and are fun at the same time. There are still lots of places that sell second-hand consoles cheaply with a warranty. Buying an older console will also mean that the games are a lot cheaper too!
Walking is a great free exercise, and it can be even fun if you can walk a dog too. If you know someone wo has a dog, why not ask if you can walk it for them? Dogs love to exercise and will walk for miles!
The NHS website has lots of useful information and advice on how to get fit and healthy for free, with links to apps and websites that can help. They include the couch to 5k app if you like running, and the strength and flex exercise plans give you a virtual trainer for free.
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