Getting fit at home

You don’t need to dish out lots of money for a gym membership or a personal trainer to get fit. Working out right at home is one of the most cost-effective ways to get into shape, not to mention being a great time saver — no commute!

Women working out at home

If your excuse for not exercising is that you can’t afford a fancy personal trainer or the monthly fees of a gym membership, well, that’s no excuse at all. There are so many great, inexpensive (even free) ways you can work out at home, with little or no equipment in very little space.

Create a mini circuit

Focus on compound exercises that utilize the big muscle groups of the body. A simple circuit could include plank, lunges, crunches and squats, all of which require no equipment at all. By focusing on working the big muscle groups, you torch more calories in your workout — which is one of the goals, after all.

Rent your fitness equipment

If winter sports don’t interest you and you prefer to stay inside because you’re not a fan of the cold weather, consider renting some equipment for the winter months. Since you only need it for a short period of time, this could be more cost-effective for you compared to buying the bike, elliptical trainer or treadmill.

Download fitness apps

For as little as a few dollars, there are a mulititude of fitness apps created especially with the home exerciser in mind and requiring no major equipment and little space). Check out Fitness Builder and iFitness, to name just two. Alternatively, investigate workouts online that stream for free like Nike Training Club. Or, sign up for the email list with inerTRAIN and get a free, butt-kicking travel workout you can do anywhere.

Invest in a mini trampoline or Bosu

Workouts using the Bosu require very little space and will give your core an incredible workout. A trampoline calls for jumping up and down, so you need to ensure good clearance above you. Bonus: not only is a trampoline workout a fun way to get your cardio, it’s low impact, so it’s great for those with joint issues who avoid running and other impact sports.

Practice your sun salutations

Yoga is more than just a way to improve your flexibility. This practice strengthens your core and burns calories, all while calming your body and mind. And if you have room to lay down a mat (with perhaps a few feet on either side of you), you have the space to practice yoga.

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