LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2012) - For lots of us, the recession has meant cutting down on the things we love to do. With purse strings pulled a little tighter, things like holidays, cars, gym membership and sports nutrition can be the first luxuries to go as you try to make ends meet.
Not anymore! It might not help you book a two week holiday, but there are ways to exercise and keep fit without paying for expensive gym memberships that will break the bank. The thing that counts is motivation, and a desire to remain fit and healthy.
There are loads of free spaces in your environment that might have previously gone unnoticed as work out spaces. Your garden and local park are excellent places to get in a good cardio work out. Try your bedroom or work office (in your lunch hour, of course!) as your new kingdom of core. Use chairs, benches, climbing frames and so on for your workout - be as creative as possible!
• If you're looking for a cardio workout then hit your local park and get running - try doing bursts of one minute fast-tempo runs and tapering this with a one minute jog after. Use hills and inclines to help build your fitness.
• Use an old skipping rope and skip for fifteen minutes in your garden. It's a great form of cardio.
• If you're looking to bulk up but can't afford the gym membership then instead, compromise and buy a set of dumbbells - they're free moving and versatile which means everyone can adapt to using them, and they'll last years. You can train biceps, triceps, forearms and abs by using your imagination and at a fraction of the cost of a gym.
• Purchasing a supplement such as creatine, can help delay the onset of fatigue, increase energy metabolism and enhance the overall training capability of your body which is again cheaper than joining a gym.
Remember to warm up before each workout, and don't forget to cool down and stretch - this is crucial for preventing an injury. "DIY" gyms are becoming a popular option for those with a desire to get fit but can't afford to fork out for gym memberships - so there's no excuse not to be fit!
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