LET’S GET FIS­CAL

WITH SO MANY FIT­NESS OP­TIONS OUT THERE, IT’S OF­TEN YOUR WAL­LET, NOT YOUR WAIST­LINE, THAT’S LEFT FEEL­ING LIGHTER. HERE ARE FIVE WAYS TO EX­ER­CISE THAT DON’T COST A THING

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Gyms, train­ers, sup­ple­ments — they all cost money and some­times we just don’t have it to spare. Don’t get dis­cour­aged! Be­fore you give up on your fit­ness goals for an­other year, take a look at these work­out ideas. The best thing about them? They’re all ab­so­lutely free.

1. BODY­WEIGHT TRAIN­ING

It isn’t just free weights and tread­mills that can sculpt the body of your dreams. Good old­fash­ioned body­weight ex­er­cises like the sit-up and push-up have ev­ery­thing you need to build mus­cle and burn fat. Sim­ply set­ting up a cir­cuit of body­weight ex­er­cises in­clud­ing push-ups, sit-ups and squats can give you an in­tense full-body work­out. Start with three sets of 10 reps on each and go from there.

2. DITCH THE CAR

The ma­jor­ity of us spend so long in the car each day we for­get we can walk places. Swap­ping the car for our legs can be a great way to add low-in­ten­sity ex­er­cise to our rou­tines. Not only is walk­ing a great ac­tiv­ity to do with fam­ily and friends, it has been shown to have ben­e­fi­cial ef­fects on de­pres­sion and heart health. The same goes for cy­cling, row­ing or any other ex­er­cise you can do to move you from pointa­tob.

3. PLAY WITH YOUR KIDS

There are so many things you can do as a fam­ily to make work­outs fun. Maybe play football in the gar­den or go for a hike some­where scenic. Make it your goal to tire the kids out and you will know you have done a good job and burnt a tonne of calo­ries to boot.

4. TAKE THE STAIRS

We waste po­ten­tial fat-burn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties ev­ery day when we choose to use elevators or grab a taxi to drive a kilo­me­tre. When we con­sciously de­cide to take the stairs or find our own way some­where we can lose weight ef­fort­lessly with no ex­tra time in­vested. Each day chal­lenge your­self to avoid what is “easy”.

5. USE YOUR SUR­ROUND­INGS

When most of us think of ex­er­cise equip­ment we im­me­di­ately visu­alise ex­pen­sive weight sets and space-age ma­chines. The fact is a lot of the best work­out equip­ment is ab­so­lutely free for you to use. How about the bench in your gar­den that would be per­fect for in­cline push-ups? Once you open your eyes to the pos­si­bil­i­ties of us­ing un­ortho­dox equip­ment you will imag­ine your­self work­ing out ev­ery­where. The world re­ally does be­come your gym­na­sium. Light funds don’t have to stop you from get­ting a rockin’ bod. Mix these tips with your own cre­ativ­ity and see what unique work­outs you can come up with.

“WE WASTE PO­TEN­TIAL FATBURNING OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES EV­ERY DAY WHEN WE CHOOSE TO USE ELEVATORS OR GRAB A TAXI...”

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KELLY REN­NIE Kelly is a per­sonal trainer, mother and au­thor of Busy Mum Syn­drome. She spe­cialises in on­line train­ing pro­grams for busy mums, which have earned praise from Kate Mid­dle­ton.

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