Get fit for free
Think you can’t afford to get fit? Think again! According to the money-saving team at promotionalcodes.org.uk, fitness fanatics could save thousands by ditching the gym and personal trainers and creating their own workout at home. Here are its top ten tips to get fit in 2016 without spending a penny…
1. Use weights from around the home
Weights are an important part of any workout but there’s no need to splash the cash when household items work fine. Look in your cupboard for soup tins and bags of flour or get creative with whatever is to hand.
2. Follow fitness professionals on social media
Nowadays there’s no need to employ a personal trainer when Instagram and Twitter are filled with professionals happy to share their tips for free. You can also follow celebs that regularly post their workouts for more specific exercise routines.
3. Get a friend to join you
Finding the motivation to work out when you’re home alone is really difficult – especially when the TV box set is calling. Try working out with a friend to help you stick to your routine and ignore the distractions around the home.
4. Dress for comfort
Don’t bother with expensive gym gear. It doesn’t matter what your outfit looks like when you’re working out at home, so just wear whatever you feel comfortable in.
5. Use your furniture
Lots of the best exercises, such as triceps dips, can be done at home by simply using a sofa or chair. Line yourself up with the furniture and lower your body weight using only your arms for an effective but free workout.
6. Create a space for working out
Part of the attraction of the gym is that it’s a space solely dedicated to exercise. Try replicating this at home by having a room or corner you always work out in, so you can get in the right frame of mind as soon as you enter it.
7. Get a skipping rope
A skipping rope is ideal for lots of different exercises. You can do cardio by simply skipping and jumping, plus it can be wrapped around sturdy objects and used for resistance training and stretching.
8. Display your goals
Don’t rely on personal trainers to motivate you. Keep track of your own progress by recording your body transformation on the fridge and having your exercise plan up there as well.
9. Use your stairs
Step machines are a great way of working out your leg muscles but aren’t really needed when you’ve got a flight of stairs in front of you. Put some music on and simply walk up and down the stairs for a quick and easy way to burn some calories.
10. Teeth-brushing squats
Brushing your teeth at the end and beginning of the day is a necessary but time-consuming task. Use the time to squeeze in some squats and you’ll be feeling toned within a few weeks while barely noticing you’re working out.