If you feel your fitness regime has got lost in furlough, during lockdown and returning back to work and normal(ish) life. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. If you’re looking to get or keep fit, there are a number of ways to exercise, live healthy and get a toned body for much less, well, for nothing really… not a penny! A personal trainer and an expensive gym can make you change your lifestyle quickly but you don’t necessarily need them. It’s all about challenging your mind and changing your outlook. Once your mind is in the right place, it’s a case of putting on your activewear, lacing up your trainers and preparing for a good ol’ sweat. Getting fit for free is much easier than you may think it is. There are a lot of things that you can incorporate into your every day routine that’ll get you to become more active which can actually be quite fun – not to mention, great for your mental health. Read on for some tips and tricks on how to get fit for summer.
Use free community sports facilities
Community sports facilities – it’s in the name, it’s so much more than a gym or studio. It’s where a community meets exercise and exercise meets new friends!
Less fatty foods
Eating greasy fatty foods can lead to weight gain, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and so on… that’s not to say you can’t treat yourself every once in a while. Just remember – everything in moderation.
Drink water instead of fizzy drinks
Benefits of water:
- Improves concentration
- It lubricates the joints
- It delivers oxygen throughout the body
- It boots skin health and beauty
- It helps to maintain blood pressure
- It boots performance during exercise
- Weight loss
Download free fitness apps
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We would recommend to walk everywhere you can and to try not use your car if it’s not needed.
Couch to 5k
Couch to 5k is a great app to get you out running, if you’re a beginner this is where you would want to start. It is broken up week by week and gradually, your time and distance increases. The best thing about the app? It’s free!
Use the stairs more often
If you have stairs at home, climb a flight then go back down. Repeat this gradually, building up the number that you do. If you’re on public transport, shopping or at work — get in the mindset that the lift is broken. Use the stairs to get around and try to not use the elevators.
Cycle to work
Cycling improves cardio-vascular and aerobic fitness, it also boosts energy, improves coordination and helps to build muscle. Look out for cycle to work schemes at work as this could sway you into purchasing your bike and accessories for much less.
Indoor home exercises
- Dancing (dance like there’s no-one watching!)
- Mat exercises – plank, squats, lunges, mountain climbers… you know the drill!
- Walking upstairs
- Utilise virtual classes
Skipping for 10 minutes is the equivalent of running a mile in eight minutes, it’s a great full body workout and improves your overall coordination, stamina and focus.
Park games with the kids
Running after your kids’ does play a part in becoming fitter and healthier. You can play the following with them: (after all, you’ll need more than one player for these…)
- Hide and seek
- Ball games: rugby, football and basketball
- Outdoor bowling
- Tug of war
- Obstacle course
Simply type into Google, ‘outdoor gyms near me’ and hopefully one pops up near you! They’re great in terms of being available to everyone, they even make exercise fun and promote friendships.
Wild swimming is not only great for fitness but it’s also fun too! It reduces body pain and inflammation and helps you lose weight.
Improvise with household objects
Using household objects as weights like tins of soup, milk cartons, heavy books or a bag of standard potatoes.