Budget Workout Tips During Lockdown

Exercise is important for all of us. Keeping fit and active is good for both your physical health and your mental wellbeing, which is pretty important during lockdown. Unfortunately, exercise can be an expensive hobby, which isn’t ideal if you’ve been furloughed. Gym memberships and all the kit you need can get pricey. If you’re on a tight budget, you might think be worrying about affording a gym routine, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some ideas to help you stay fit, without needing to spend a fortune. 

Work Out With Friends

Do you have friends who have similar fitness goals to you who are also working on a budget? Team up and meet up a few times a week to work out. Choose somewhere free like the local park for a run or a walk, the community pool for a swim (when it’s open again), or if you’re in a support bubble, do fitness videos at home. Working out together is more fun than working out alone. You’ll feel more motivated, without spending more money. 

Buy A Deck Of Cards

You can create lots of workout routines using only a deck of cards and bodyweight exercises. Assign a move to a suit in the deck, such as crunches for clubs, squats for hearts, burpees for spades, and push-ups for diamonds. Shuffle the cards, and choose one at random. If you reveal a three of diamonds, do three push-ups. For the seven of clubs, do seven squats. Assign numbers to picture cards as you would for number based card games. Keep turning over your cards until you’ve finished the deck, or can’t keep going any longer. You get a varied workout, with no equipment or cost. 

Look For Free Trials

Many online exercise services are offering free or discounted trial passes during the lockdown. Sign up for these to get access to online classes. Set a reminder on your phone so you don’t forget to cancel before you get charged. This can also work if you do want to sign up for a class. You can try a few to find the right one for you without wasting money on classes you don’t enjoy. 

There are also lots of options that will remain free, such as YouTube workouts. If you’re already a member of a gym, see if your gym is streaming personal training sessions or classes, so you’re not spending money on nothing. You can keep your progress going with the help of some supplements from

Don’t Buy Equipment

You don’t need lots of fitness equipment to get in a good workout. You can work out for free at home by doing bodyweight exercises such as push-ups, squats, and crunches. Get in some cardio in by dancing to an upbeat song, or running up and down the stairs. There are plenty of benefits of doing cardio at home, as it won’t cost you anything and can be easily squeezed into whatever free time you have. Use Youtube videos to guide you and get a real workout without leaving the house. 

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