1506_LBW_TH_FB_MREC_EXPERTS2Marissa Nieves, Fitness Expert for the March 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge has shared her four key ways to get fit without having to spend loads of money on equipment or gym memberships:
When we think of the term “exercise”, words such as annual gym memberships, personal trainers and heavy equipment may come to mind.
However, working out does not need to be expensive, time consuming or inconvenient. There are many ways in which we can tune into daily fitness without breaking the bank.
Here are 4 ways to enjoy working out without blowing the budget:

1. Exercise videos

There are many free and reasonably priced videos available online for home-based and outdoor workouts. The Healthy Mummy Post Pregnancy DVD provides workouts which are quick, easy and require little or no equipment. Always choose videos that are well demonstrated, easy to follow and can be performed in the space you have to workout at home.

2. Body Resistance Training

Working out at home has never been easier. Body resistance exercises require no equipment whatsoever and can be just as challenging as hitting the gym. Choose floor exercises such as push ups, bridge exercises and leg lifts to strengthen and tone your tummy, thighs, glutes and core. Standing routines to exercise your heart and lungs with a home-based cardiovascular workout and overhead activities such as shoulder presses and arm raises to strengthen and tone the upper arms, back and shoulders.
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3. Walking Workouts

We all generally walk during our day and increasing the number of steps you take per day and the efficiency of your walk may be more simple than you realise. Walking is one of the best exercises on the planet as it costs nothing and is readily available to most people.
Simply walking for just 10-15 minutes increases cardiovascular function, aids muscle strength in the hips, legs and core and may help to reduce stress. Simply add in a few walking lunges or a short jog every 10 steps to spice things up by actively creating your own personal lower body and/or cardiovascular workout.

4. Skipping

Skipping is an extremely popular exercise among athletes and trainers. In fact, it may well be one of the most efficient and convenient exercises for fat burning. Studies show that skipping for 30 minutes can burn over 300 calories, compared to cycling and swimming for the same amount of time which came in under 150 calories.
The best part is, even if you don’t have a rope, moving your arms in a skipping fashion can still be effective! If you are just starting out with skipping, begin at a level that you are comfortable with and slowly increase your time and endurance over time.
Marissa Nieves, Fitness Expert
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