It’s been said many times that you can’t get in shape for free. It’s been said that you need expensive gym memberships, top of the line gym equipment and all manner of protein shakes and supplements.
But what can you do if you don’t want to spend money on fitness equipment? Surely there are plenty of tips and techniques you can utilise to get fit for free.
It turns out there are many frugal fitness tools available.
9 frugal fitness tools to get you in shape
9 Frugal Fitness Tools Number 1: Youtube
There is a huge amount of reference material available on YouTube. In fact a search for “equipment free fitness routine” has over 4.5 million results. If you can’t find something that interests you out of those then we have problems!
WiFi is available almost everywhere now so even in a hotel in deepest darkest China you can probably get online and smash out a twenty minute training session.
All you need is the motivation to stop watching cat videos!
9 Frugal Fitness Tools Number 2: Dog
Probably the cheapest of all physical activities is walking. Most people in the first world already posses at least some clothes and shoes.
Owning a dog is obviously not a requirement to go walking but for my money it does make walking more enjoyable. A great benefit to having a dog is they will often hound you (get it!) to take them for a walk.
An Australian study found If you can walk 10000 steps a day you could be decreasing your mortality rate by 46%. So get the pooch and get yourself outside.
9 Frugal Fitness Tools Number 3: Kettlebell
Kettlebells are not free, however there are some cheap alternatives to get you started including using a large water bottle.
That being said if you can stretch to a second-hand kettlebell you will find yourself strong from front to back and top to bottom . Tim Ferris believes this may be the ultimate tool to get a great core and a great ass and who doesn’t want that.
9 Frugal Fitness Tools Number 4: Body weight
Your body is the most convenient frugal fitness tool you have at your disposal. You can do body weight exercises without even getting dressed in the morning.
Press ups, squats, crunches and lunges. You’ll gain greater core strength which will benefit you with improved balance.
9 Frugal Fitness Tools Number 5: Running
As above but you require some more specialised equipment. A cheap pair of running shoes and some shorts should generally be enough to get you started.
A Danish jogging study in 2015 found that running 3 times a week for 20 minutes has shown to decrease mortality significantly. The study also found that strenuous jogging was not found to be any more beneficial. So slow yourself down and enjoy being outside.
9 Frugal Fitness Tools Number 6: Cycling
This only really counts as free if you already own a cycle or have access to borrow one.
As a fitness tool cycling can be amazing for fat loss as well as increasing cardiovascular endurance.
Miguel Indurain the great tour de France cyclist had a resting heartbeat of 28 beats per minute. Ours is probably closer to 72 beats per minute.
As a mode of transport cycling is one of the most efficient for getting around small towns and cities. Many cities now offer cheap bike hire as a way to reduce congestion.
9 Frugal Fitness Tools Number 7: Swimming
This one may only be free if you live near a lake, river or the sea. However swimming is one of the best bang for buck exercises you can do. Swimming helps increase strength as well as cardiovascular endurance.
For those of us who have old sporting injuries swimming is also a low impact exercise.
The last big benefit from swimming is the quality of your sleep improves. I never sleep quite as well as I do if I’ve been in a pool for an hour.
9 Frugal Fitness Tools Number 8: Kids play park
Slight out of left field with this one but play parks are so much fun and have so many different ways to increase strength and flexibility.
Try rope climbs, or pull ups on the swings. Using the monkey bars increases strength in the forearms which is great as you get older.
9 Frugal Fitness Tools Number 9: Cell Phone
There are thousands of fitness apps available for your iphone or android phone. From an app that pushes you to be able to do 100 press ups in set to a series of 30 day challenges.
Some of the free apps do have a few too many ads but having an immediate reminder every day is a great tool.
Also having access to your most motivational songs at the touch of a button is great when the going really gets tough.
What’s your favourite way to get fit for free? Let me know in the comments below.