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2 January 2019

How to get into the fitness kick on a budget

With the over-indulging on the Christmas period weighing down on your waistline as well as your pocket, it's no surprise that getting fit is often top of people's new year's resolution lists.

 

According to a poll by YouGov, last year 21% of people made new year's resolutions last year.

 

However, the Guardian states that a quarter of these will have failed by January.

 

So, here's how to buck the trend whilst protecting your wallet.

New year's waistline

Take advantage of free trials

 

January is a busy time of year for all aspects of the fitness industry, so understandably they like to tempt you in by offering free trials or cheap introductory offers. And there's nothing wrong with being picky here and trying a few out. This means you might get a whole month of fitness for next to nothing and who knows, you might find a new class that you really like.

 

 

Use existing tech

 

Have you looked to see what you can already do on your phone? Most smart phones will be able to offer exercise tracking devices and standard. So, take a look in those apps and set yourself some get up and go goals.

 

Think outside the gym

 

Getting fit doesn't automatically mean running on a treadmill at the gym. If the gym bores you - find a different way. What's even better is there are a lot of tools online to help you stay on track. Here are some of our personal faves:

 

 

 

Couch to 5K is a simple concept that will take you from a complete notice to running 5k in only 9 weeks. It uses bite size chunks and have celebrity voices such as Olympic athlete Michael Johnson o keep you inspired.

 

 

With mental health being as important as physical health in 2019, yoga can be a great exercise. But if you have never tried it before, classes can be a tad intimidating. So why not try learning from an expert in the comfort of your own home.

 

 

Not strictly fitness, but we like to think outside the box at StepStone Credit. Geocaching is essentially one big worldwide treasure hunt. Millions of geocaches exist and chances are there's one walking distance from where you're sitting right now.

 

Find it. Sign the log book. Trade shiny items if the locations allows. Log your find on the app. And finally brag to your friends about your awesome discovery.

Going outdoors has never been so fun!

 

Sign up for a charity event

 

Finally, if you are the kind of person that responds well to a challenge, why not sign up to a charity event. As there is a requirement to raise funds, entry costs are often low. You could find yourself walking the South Downs, Swimming on Lake Windermere or doing a muddy obstacle course with your four-legged pal.

Yoga in the park

Whatever you choose, remember exercise can be fun. You just have to find your favourite kind of fun.

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