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8 amazing resources to get fit for FREE!
Now Christmas is over it’s time to reign in the unhealthy habits. Particularly that out of control spending that Christmas induces into so many of us, and those sedentary, over-eating habits that we indulged in over the holidays. But what are we going to do about it? Get fit for free of course!
So many people think that you need to pay an exorbitant amount at the gym with a personal trainer to get fit but this just isn’t true! You can easily get fit for free or with a very small initial outlay at home!
Thus saving you money, helping you lose weight and improving your health!!!
Winner, winner chicken dinner (that’s a healthy chicken breast and broccoli of course, none of that takeout chicken!)
Now before I give you all the get fit on a budget details, I better give you some fitness motivation and inspiration first…
My favorite place to go and see some amazing at home fitness transformations is Kayla Itsines’ Instagram page.
You’ve probably heard of Kayla, famed for her Bikini Body Guides that combine strength training and cardio (you do need to be doing both types for maximum fitness) she has helped thousands of women (and men) get fit and healthy from home without much or even any equipment.
Now I’m not suggesting you should buy one of her guides, they are very expensive, although I’ve heard they are very good. Instead check out the transformations below that will show you exactly what’s possible working out from home.
And then keep scrolling where I will show you where to get the resources to achieve these sorts of results for free!
A couple of things:
There is just a couple of things I need to go over with you before we get started…
First off exercise alone will most likely not be enough for you to lose weight and reach your fitness goals. You do need to eat healthy too.
Think home cooked, unprocessed meals consisting at least half of vegetables and the other half a good mix of protein, carbohydrates and fats. (I have a post coming out on this soon so watch out for that…)
You should also check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine or weight loss plan, it’s so important to check that they think what you will be doing is healthy and the right thing for your body. After all we’re all different and what’s great for one person may be awful for you…
While this post is mainly about getting fit, this often comes alongside weight loss for many people so I just want to address this quickly. Your health or worth as a person is not dependent on being a certain size or number. Extreme dieting or starvation is never the answer to achieving the body you want.
Aim for health always, nothing else.
Now we’ve got that out the way let me tell you why working out at home is the best:
1) It’s free!!!
You may have guessed that would be one my top reason, but as someone aiming for early retirement if I can save money somewhere I will.
2) You can workout whenever you want
If you’re a night owl and want to workout at 3am who’s gonna stop you! Or maybe you’re a busy Mum who needs to workout whenever the kids are napping and that might only be for ten minutes, well you can at home!
3) It takes up less time than the gym
Unless you live next door to the gym, getting to the gym takes unnecessary time out of your day that could be spent doing something way better.
Plus even if you do live next door you still have to check in, go to the changing rooms, store your stuff in a locker etc all valuable minutes that could be spent working out more, or sleeping in….
4) No one else will see you
If you’re a little self-conscious, going to a gym to get fit can be a daunting prospect. Especially if your local gym is a very ‘serious’ gym and you’re only just getting started!
But at home there is no one there but you and you can try as hard as possible without feeling judged at all. (Not that anyone should be judging you in the gym of course but I get that sometimes we just feel like that.)
What you need to get fit for free?
– A space the size of a yoga mat.
A yoga mat is useful so you don’t have to sit on the floor, but it’s not necessary. You could use an old camping mat, a towel (not on slippery floors!), a rug or nothing at all. As long as you have enough space to lay down then you’re good.
So that’s actually it but some weights can be handy.
It’s really useful to have to some weights (think dumbbells or kettlebells) particularly as you become fitter. People are always getting rid of them so you can often find them super cheap at garage sales, goodwill, charity shops, craigslist etc.
But if you don’t want to spend then just do the workouts without them, or pick up something a little bit heavy and get started.
Tinned food is a classic, or water bottles filled with water or sand. You can even grab a rucksack and put a few slightly heavy things inside, pop that on your back during exercises like squats or planks and you will feel it.
I once worked out out with two largish candles instead of dumbbells. Not even joking. They were on the side and the exercise I was doing seemed a little too easy, so I picked them up and got going.
Okay I officially think we are ready to get fit, so check out the resources below…
8 BEST resources to get fit for free:
I think DAREBEE is my favorite, free, get fit resource of them all. It is an incredible website jam packed with so many different workouts ranging from individual workouts, challenges (think 30 day abs challenge), entire workout plans, running advice and even free meal plans!
Honestly if you one bother with one of the options on this list then choose DAREBEE.
Tone It Up
Tone It Up is an awesome blog and fitness company run by the extremely fit Karena and Katrina. They sell their own workout programs and fitness accessories.
But what I’m most excited about is that they upload a brand new, free workout EVERY SINGLE DAY to their website!!!!
And it’s actually good, like if you followed their workouts each day you are going to see results!
You may have heard of Cassey Ho and her Pilates based exercise routines. She’s fun, she creates great workouts and plays awesome pop music along side.
She’s also a big proponent of body positivity something I really admire!
On her site you can choose exactly what part of your body you want to work on and whether you want a beginner, intermediate or advanced level workout.
So if you are looking for some amazing, upbeat workout videos then check out Blogilates.
I think we all know that the military requires people with a good level of physical fitness. I mean it goes without saying right!
So the British army have created a workout guide and plan to get recruits ready for joining up.
Now I’m not suggesting that you should join the army all in the name of health but following their free workout plan could be a great way to get military level fitness!
First they have this free guide that runs you through some fitness and healthy eating basics, along with exercises you can do to get fit fast.
But they also have a four week plan to get you army level fit, include exactly what you should be doing each day!
You know that stunning but also super practical workout clothes store Sweaty Betty, yeah well now they have their own free, online workout videos.
Yep I’m celebrating too!!!
With a range of different workouts covering yoga, hilt, bums, dance cardio, legs, abs by big fitness and wellness names like The Food Medic and Clean Eating Alice. Yeah they will definitely have something to help you reach your fitness goals!!!
Check out Sweaty Betty’s workout videos here.
POPSUGAR have an amazing Youtube channel filled with all sorts of different workouts to suit whatever you’re into!
They have playlists dedicated to literally whatever you can think of fitness wise; beginners, butt workouts, pregnancy friendly workouts, 20 minute workouts, 45 minute workouts, cardio workouts, course workouts, the list just goes on and one!
Like this awesome abs and booty toning workout with no crunches or squats!!!
Go check out POPSUGAR Fitness here.
Fitness Blender is a brilliant website run by a husband and wife team (couple goals right!) full of over 500 free workout videos.
But what’s so great is that they have a filter system on their videos so you can decide how long you want to work out for, how many calories you want to burn, the difficulty level, which trainer you would prefer, if there is any particular part of your body you want to focus on, the type of workout you want to do (like strength, pilates, cardie, hilt, yoga…) and what equipment you have, or don’t have!
That way you end up with a workout video that’s perfect for you!
They also have a very active community and share before and after stories’ of people who have got in shape using Fitness Blender, just in case you need a bit of motivation before you start one of their workouts.
This one is for anyone who wants to increase their fitness using yoga or who just wants to work out in a more gentle fashion.
Tara Stiles uploads plenty of free yoga videos to increase your flexibility, de-stress and get strong.
In fact I think I might give her 10 Minute Yoga for Creativity a try…
So if you think free Yoga might be your way to fitness then check out Tara Stiles here.
There you have it, the eight best resources to get fit for free.
Having looking all over the web to find these resources for you, I can confirm these are the best of the best and do have the power to transform your fitness!
As always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch, either leave a comment below or email me at [email protected]!