Simple ways to get fit on a budget

You don’t need to spend a fortune to get fit.

With the start of summer five months away, if getting fit is one of your goals for 2018, now is the ideal time to begin. Even if you’re on a strict budget that doesn’t have to hold you back, as there are plenty of simple ways to get fit and ensure your finances stay healthy too without resorting to doorstep loans and loans for people with bad credit. Here are just some of the simplest and cheapest ways:

Join a sports team

Team sports are fun, they are a great way to meet new people and memberships and subscriptions are often inexpensive compared to gym fees or class costs. In fact, you may not have to pay at all. Just 30 minutes of a team sport like football burns around 200-300 calories (depending on your height and weight), reduces body fat and improves muscle tone. It also increases aerobic capacity and cardiovascular health and will help you to build endurance. If football doesn’t appeal there’s a very wide range of other choices, from hockey to rugby.

Buy a pair of running shoes

If you don’t have much to spend on getting fit this year the best place to invest what you do have is in a pair of decent running shoes. Create your own jogging schedule, join a running club or sign up for a summer race to give you the motivation to get moving now. Anyone can learn how to run safely, even if you’ve never done it before. Remember to warm up and start with short distances so that you can build up to running safely for longer stretches of time.

Download some apps

There’s an enormous range of fitness apps available to help with every aspect of getting fitter, from losing weight to building up strength and stamina. Many are free or very low cost and act like a fitness buddy or personal trainer, giving you insights on your achievements so far and helping to keep you motivated.

For runners – Garmin Fit. This app uses your phone GPS to track speed and distance and calculate calories burned.

For cyclists – Strava Cycling. This app will track your progress and also enables you to compete with other cyclists for extra motivation.

For beginners – Nike Training Club. If you’re just not sure how to get started this app provides the inspiration with a range of workouts and fitness tips.

Find your local pool

Swimming is the third most popular type of exercise and has a wide range of health benefits, from improving heart health to help you to build stamina. It’s also a supported exercise, which won’t put too much straight on joints and muscles. Swimming at your local pool is a low cost way to get fit – look out for deals and discounts or freebies for people in your demographic. If you’re keen for competition then join a swimming club and for something a bit different look out for other water based activities at your local pool, such as aqua aerobics.