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Those expensive gyms and boutique workout studios won’t want you to know this, but it is possible to get fit on a budget! All you need is yourself, clothes you can move in, space to move and a reusable bottle of water to keep you hydrated. It really is as simple as that.

Whatever your health and fitness goals, you can achieve them without signing up for a fancy gym. So read on to find out how to get fit without breaking the bank.

How to get fit and healthy on a budget

Free workout videos

Gone are the days of workout DVDs and lycra-clad aerobics instructors. Nope, now you can work out with an endless supply personal trainers and fitness influencers on Youtube and Instagram.

Cheap ways to get fit don't get much better than thousands of free fitness routines at your fingertips. Whether you're a complete beginner or a fitness pro you'll find videos online to suit your needs. Search for what you want, get your workout gear on and away you go!

Get outside

Outdoor fitness is a great way to improve your overall wellbeing and keep your bank balance healthy. And with summer on the horizon, now is the perfect time to take your workouts to the great outdoors.

Run laps of your local park, or mix it up by creating your own circuit using park objects (ab crunches on a bench anyone?). Try Parkrun if you’re new to running – these free weekly events are open to all abilities, you get a group of people cheering you on, and often a coffee at the end.

If you live in the countryside, don your walking boots and head out on a hike, or explore some of the UK’s 16,575 miles of cycle trails by bike. Not only will you get fitter, you might discover a new-found appreciation for where you live.

Fitness apps

The world has gone “wellness” mad, which means there are a whole host of apps on the market to get you started. Some not only give you workout material, but also offer ways to track your nutrition, weight and any other goals you may have.

Whatever your goals, there are free fitness apps to help you. Strava records your running times, Gymaholic gives you personalised workouts, and MyFitnessPal helps you track what you eat.

And if app-based fitness works for you, upgrading to 'premium' versions gives you access to even more content and features for a small extra cost.

Top tip

The best deals on workout programmes and apps pop up around 8 weeks before summer starts and in January. Keep your eyes peeled for the top pick of apps this summer!

How to get fit at home

Upping your fitness game at home can be one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to get back on track.

To create a mini gym at home, all you need is cheap fitness equipment, space to work out, and a free fitness app or video tutorial.

Create your workout space

This could be in your living room, bedroom or any area where you can easily push furniture to one side. Having an exercise space ready can help you stay motivated to reach your goals.

Get some cheap fitness equipment

You don’t need the expensive machines and weight benches they have in the gym to keep fit and healthy. A quick search online will show you the wide variety of cheap fitness equipment you can get on a tight budget.

Start with 1 light set of dumbbells (a 2kg pair costs £8.30), 1 medium set of dumbbells (a 5kg pair costs £14.98) and a set of resistance bands (a set of 5 of costs £8.99). With these bits of kit, you get unlimited full body workouts for less than the average gym membership fee! And when the weather’s kind, you can take your work out to the garden. Much better than sweaty gyms.

Don't forget about your financial fitness!

So now you know how to get fit on a budget. But what about getting your finances in shape? That's where the thinkmoney Current Account comes in - we help you budget for your bills so they get paid on time and you avoid late payment fees.

And with the money you've saved in bank charges, you might have a bit of cash spare to get that fitness equipment you've been after!

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