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Here's How to Create a Fitness Routine on a Budget

Don't let that pricey gym membership ruin your momentum
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Starting a new exercise routine can be a lot of hard work: There's a lot of sweatiness, heavy breathing and sore muscles involved before you even begin to feel like it's really working. And as if that weren't enough to deter you, there's also the cost (seriously, why does fitness have to be so expensive?).

Yes, gym memberships, specialized classes and getting specific training can all drain your bank balance like you wouldn't believe. But you don't have to fork out all your hard earned cash just yet: If you'd like to stay fit and still challenge yourself, but you don't want to spend lots of money, we've got a few tips for you.

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YouTube is your friend
There are lots of different vloggers and YouTube influencers who deal solely in certain kinds of exercise and make videos for their subscribers to use and enjoy for free.

There's Yoga With Adriene who is lovely and talks you through various workouts in different time frames and also does month-long challenges.

Fitness Blender, which was created by a husband and wife team, is another popular option with a whole host of exercises of various intensities and lengths.

We also love Tiffany Rothe Workouts, who will help you get a bikini body in no time (if that's what you're looking for). She can even show you how to do simple routines even when you're on holiday.

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Start walking, running or hiking
The World Health Organization (WHO) says adults should be doing at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week and a great way to do that is by just walking, going for a jog, or getting friends together for a hike.

Need a little extra incentive? Try downloading a pedometer app on your phone and set goals for the number of steps you want to achieve each day and gradually increase them as you feel yourself becoming fitter.

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There's an app for that
Speaking of apps, there are a lot of free options like Gixo, which has live workouts every day of varying lengths, or Studio Tone It Up which is a community of women that will guide you to getting fit with various forms of exercise.

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Play free sports
If there's a community basketball court, tennis court or swimming pool that is nearby and accessible to you for free, use it! Find friends to join you, or create a group of people you may know from the area and get social while you get fit.

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