Keep fit without spending a penny

Keep fit without spending a penny

Summer is just around the corner and it’s a time of year that many of us start thinking about shifting some weight and toning up. Whether you want to look smokin’ hot in your new bikini, or you just need to build your stamina to keep up with the kids, fitness can be an expensive business.

Ditch the gym memberships, personal trainers, bootcamps and workout DVDs and follow our simple guide to money saving ways you can stay trim. You won’t need to exercise your credit card!

Run, run as fast as you can…

A good old-fashioned run is one of the best ways to stay in shape and even better, it’s totally free. Whether you live in a big city or a country village, there are sure to be plenty of great routes near to where you live.

If you need to build your fitness up, check out the free NHS Couch to 5k plan []. It combines walking and running to build fitness over nine weeks, and by the end you should be able to run five kilometres. Check out the freebie podcast for extra motivation!

training Get your YouTube on

If exercising in public sounds like your own personal hell then never fear – you needn’t break the bank exercising indoors either. Forget the latest Davina workout DVD or trendy programmes like the Insanity workout; try your fitness classes for free on Youtube.

Whatever your workout style, you’ll find something to suit – check out Keaira LaShae for reggae dance workouts ( or the Blogilates channel with Cassey Ho for a mix of quick-fire workouts and Pilates (

There’s an app for that

If you’ve got a smartphone then there’s a personal trainer in your pocket just waiting to be used; it’s much cheaper than the real deal! Use FitStar personal trainer to create workouts that are just right for your ability level, track how many steps you take each day with MyFitnessPal and use Spring to find the workout tunes to help you keep going.

What’s your favourite way to burn calories without splashing the cash?

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