In the USA, 14% of the population has gym membership – but a massive 80% of these people don’t actually use the gym or make the most of their membership. They are paying out money when they needn’t. The truth is however, you don’t need to have an expensive monthly gym membership to start getting fit and healthy. Looking after yourself is a benefit to both your mind and body, it can help you live longer with a better quality of life. It’s never too late to start getting fit for free. Try Couch to 5K
Couch to 5K (C25K) was created back in 1996 as a way of introducing complete beginners to the world of running. All you need are a pair of trainers, the free app and a little motivation. The app guides you through three 30 minute workout sessions a week. You alternate between running and walking, over this time, gradually building up the length of time that you are running for. Over the period of 8 weeks, C25K gets you fitter, with the end goal of being able to run 5K. Running can burn up to 300 calories in half an hour, helping you to lose weight. You should also gain muscle, particularly on your legs. Over the course of 8 weeks, you will notice your body become more toned. Building muscle at home
You don’t need a lot of space at home to be able to build muscle. The benefits of improving muscle strength are numerous. It will help support your bones and joints, especially as you get older. It means that you are less likely to sustain injuries and will in fact be more resilient to diseases and stress. Your muscles also play a vital role in your metabolism – they store glucose, a type of carbohydrate as glycogen. You need glycogen whenever you move, it is essential. If you are limited on space, a power tower can help build muscle easily, using many different exercise routines. You just need a little time each week. Abs and Squats Challenge
The abs and squats challenge can help you get fit and healthy – and it costs nothing. Every day you complete a sit ups, crunches and squats routine, taking a rest day every 3-4 days. You will do an increasing number of exercises each day over the period of 30 days. There are a number of free apps available for your smartphone that can guide you through the challenge.
Getting fit and building muscle doesn’t have to cost a fortune, you don’t even have to leave the house to make a start. Becoming healthy and looking after body is a free gift you can give to yourself.