The two most common excuses we use to not work out are 1. I don’t have time and 2. I can’t afford a gym membership. I’m right there with ya–it’s hard to work exercise into an already overbooked schedule, and paying an arm and a leg for access to an elliptical isn’t ideal for anybody. But, your physical health is super important! When you’re fit, you feel great. When you feel great, you look great. The chain reaction goes on and on. Because I know firsthand how annoying figuring out a budget-friendly fitness plan that actually breeds results, I’ve found my favorite FREE resources for fitness and healthy food.
1. Get Healthy U
GHU is a free blog run by fitness personality Chris Freytag. It’s loaded with blogs about healthy living, recipes, and has tons of workout challenges, suggestions, tips, and videos. This is a full-on healthy living lifestyle website that allows you to forget the gym and workout in your living room! (GetHealthyU.com is free, and for about $5 a month you can become a member of Get Healthy U TV, which has dozens of full length workouts!) Whether you want to learn the positive effects of apple cider vinegar or want to sculpt your butt in 14 days, GHU has you covered.
Don’t be turned off by the name, this site is NOT exclusive to moms (though the name is awkwardly deceiving). This is, again, a full-on healthy living site founded by Brooke Griffin. As a mom, her workouts, recipes and articles are tailored toward moms, but are applicable to everybody! Skinny Mom is another site that allows you to workout with a trainer without leaving the comfort of your home.
3. PopSugar Fitness
You may have heard of PopSugar before. They cater to so many categories: fashion, celebrities, beauty, love, career, and FITNESS. Their fitness section is great. It’s, again, similar to the other two and is a total fit-lifestyle blog. From body-sculpting workouts to weight loss tips, PopSugar has really great content and is constantly uploading new stuff!
4. Do Yoga With Me
Do Yoga With Me is an AMAZING free yoga workout site. This site has dozens of free yoga sessions completely free of charge. They have a plethora of teachers, so you can find one you like (which is amazing–there is nothing worse than working out with a trainer that irks you) and is fit for yogis of all proficiency levels. REMEMBER: Anybody can do yoga! Seriously, anybody. I was hilariously awful at it, but once I got over the awkwardness of being totally uncoordinated, I actually became decent! If you’ve been considering venturing into yogi-land, this site is the perfect place to start! (Bonus: you can do it in your bedroom and nobody will see you fall out of tree pose)
5. Relentless Jake
If you’re unfamiliar with HIIT, it stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It’s a super efficient way to burn fat, and the workouts are usually pretty quick, perfect for someone with a busy schedule and a limited window to fit in a workout. He’s a military vet and certified personal trainer and has dozens of full-length workouts available for free on his YouTube channel. He’ll kick you ass, but it’ll be worth it.
6. Tiffany Rothe
There’s a REASON this girl gets millions of views on all of her videos–they’re exactly what you’re looking for if you want an upbeat, heart-pumping cardio dance workout. If you feel awkward and uncoordinated in a group fitness class, you’re absolutely not alone, and can do these for free via Tiffany’s YouTube channel in the comfort of your own living room. You might even feel inspired to find a class in your neighborhood. (Maybe not. I won’t blame you.)
Blogilates is a fitness/lifestyle blog by Cassey Ho. If you’re interested in Pilates, this is an amazing resource. She also allows you to select the target area you’d like to work on and multiple workouts that will help. She also offers nutrition plans, meal plans, and has multiple workout series. She’s accumulated a gigantic following (over 3.3 million subscribers) and is absolutely worth the 30 seconds it’ll take for you to fall in love with her site!
8. Autumn Calabrese
Autumn Calabrese is a celebrity trainer who runs a workout/healthy lifestyle website. She has full-length YouTube video workouts available for free (on her site or directly through YouTube). She’s a best-selling author and fitness expert with workouts ranging from weight training to ballet barre. Her workouts range in length and intensity, perfect for someone looking to switch things up every day but doesn’t have the time or energy to scurry all over town to different classes every day.
On this list, you’re guaranteed to find a fitness expert whose workouts you love. Plus, New Year’s is right around the corner, so why not kick off that fitness resolution a few weeks early? (Bonus: you won’t feel guilty about that extra glass of champagne.)