Who Needs a Gym Membership?

You desperately want to get fit, you’ve worked out your nutrition plan and you’re ready to get active. There’s just one problem – gym fees. While there are some great gyms across the country with reasonable gym fees, there are other ways to get fit without spending a dime.

1. Outdoor cardio
Fresh air is better than the air-conditioned confines of a gym. Opt for a run around the block instead to get your daily cardio. A jump rope is also a good option for cardio, they’re inexpensive and can be used in various ways for a heart-pumping workout.

2. Use your body weight
Weights can be quite pricey too, but using your body weight can be just as effective. Here are a few key exercises for strength training:

Strengthen your glutes and leg muscles with a few dynamic variations of this top move. Simply stand with your feet shoulder width apart, arms out in front of you. Then squat down by bending your knees while pushing out your butt, in a sitting motion, and straightening your back. Go back up to the first position, keeping the weight on your heels.

Push-ups: Your upper body will benefit from this. Place your hands shoulder-width apart then lower your chest till it is almost to the floor. Remember to squeeze your glutes, abs and lower body as you raise your body up. Also, be sure to keep your elbows close to your body. There are also some variations like the Diamond Push-Up and when you’re strong enough, the One-Armed Push-up.
Planks and crunches: Crunches and Planks can give you the six-pack you’re after. Lay on your back with knees bent, and your feet flat on the floor, cross your arms together on your chest and lift your body pulling your navel towards your spine to contract your abs. This allows your abs to do all the work and takes the strain off your lower back.

3. Online fitness classes
Gyms offer interesting fitness classes (like Spinning)… but they’re not the only way to get your hour in. There are numerous inexpensive apps and free fitness videos online you can tape into. All you’ll need is a good pair of cross-trainers (we’ve got you covered here) and determination to reach your fitness goals.