What’s your fitness budget? Reconsider a gym membership

It’s time to take financial fitness to a whole new level.
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Many of us want to start the year off with a new habit, one that involves integrating more fitness in our lives for better physical and mental wellbeing.

But, as the year rolls on, we start to come up with excuses. Don’t let money be one of them! Try these genius ways to stay healthy for less.

Feel fit and fabulous!

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1. Take classes for free

There’s a free beginner class on YouTube for whatever form of exercise you wish to pursue.

Roll out the yoga mat (or a towel on the carpet) and look up Yoga With Adriene – she runs 30-day programs that help it become a habit (she’s also great at encouraging newbies!).

Consider a form of exercise that is new to you, perhaps tai chi or Pilates.

Prefer group classes in real life? Just google “free yoga classes” along with your city or town. For example, a quick search for Sydney reveals outdoor classes galore.

2. Set up a home gym the smart way

While buying brand-spanking new fitness gear might sound appealing to get your home regimen started, you’ll save big bucks by checking what equipment might be available on Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace.

Fit finds for under $20.

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3. Spend time walking in nature

It’s right outside and it’s free. All you need is a comfy pair of trainers.

Spending time walking outdoors needn’t be for long. Nine out of 10 Australians could reduce their risk of heart disease by walking as little as 15 minutes more each day.

Need a further nudge? Download an app that rewards you for walking.

The Qantas Wellbeing app allows you to earn frequent flyer points every time you walk – just set a goal and see the points roll in.

4. Get out in the garden

Want to burn some energy and get toned arms? Go to the shed, pull out the rake and gather fallen leaves, then crouch down and get some weeding done.

Research has shown that working in your garden is a source of moderate to vigorous physical activity in younger adults, while providing low to moderate physical activity in older adults.

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