5 ways to keep fit on a low budget

We all know the real secret to our favourite celebrities’ washboard abs: money. Personal trainers are a luxury few of us can afford, but this doesn’t mean waving goodbye to that toned tum.

Keeping fit on a low budget is achievable, and here are 5 simple ideas to inspire you.

1. Running

All you need are some adequate trainers and you’re good to go. Convince your flatmates to join you and set a goal together so you’re not tempted to quit. If you’re starting from scratch, try the NHS’s Couch to 5K to get you started.

2. Don’t let a rainy day put you off

There are plenty of exercises you can do from the comfort of your own home. From running up and down the stairs to press ups, squats and star jumps – just make sure you’ve cleared the area of sharp edges and choose a time when you’re not going to wake up the guy downstairs by jumping through his ceiling.

3. Sports clubs

Most areas will have local sports clubs and classes, from cheerleading and pole dancing, to swimming and football, you can join. Group exercise will not only help you keep fit because you’ll have regular practices and perhaps competitions, but you’ll meet new people and make friends outside your normal circles. Go Mammoth is a good place to start.

4. Walk to work

If your house is a walkable distance from the office, why not ditch the bus or tube for a nice walk? Put on your headphones and enjoy your favourite tunes, or practice mindfulness and savour every step. Even if you can’t walk the whole way, try jumping off the bus or tube a stop or two early – you’ll notice an improvement in your creativity levels when you get to work, too.

5. Youtube and app tutorials

If it’s too cold or rainy to even attempt going outside, there’s still no excuse not to move. The internet is filled with workout ideas and videos which are free to watch and easy to follow, and there are loads of apps with workout tutorials that you can download, like Nike Training Club and Sworkit. It’s also a good idea to log your food intake in one of these, so that you know much exercise you’ll have to do to keep the balance.