8 Ways To Get An Affordable But Effective Workout

8 Ways To Get An Affordable But Effective Workout

Keeping fit & healthy is important, but there are so many ways in which it can be done. You might be someone who doesn’t enjoy exercise & that’s okay! But realistically have you tried lots of different activities or did you try running once and hated it?

You might be someone who thinks they don’t have time to exercise, but really we can all take even half an hour out of our days to fit in some sort of workout. No excuses!

However, you also might be holding back due to the expenses that you THINK are associated with keeping fit.

Don’t get me wrong…

Working out can be bank breaking. But you don’t need to be going to bespoke yoga sessions or doing acrobatic classes.

Maybe it’s not the cost of the exercise itself, but the things that come with it: trainers, gym wear, resistance bands etc.

Now I’m here to tell you it doesn’t need to be all that elaborate and expensive. I’ve got tips for you to fit any budget when it comes to exercising.

First let’s look at the different ways you can be getting your heart rate into gear:


Gym equipment


  1. Going to the Gym

You might think I’m crazy including this on the list, but hear me out. I know that gym memberships can be pricey and this is what puts a lot of people off. However, have a search for local gyms that don’t cost the earth.

I personally go to a 24/7 gym that costs me £19.99 a month and that’s with a whole selection of classes included. To me that’s a great deal and they often run offers throughout the year for an annual membership of £120 (this does have to be paid all upfront).


  1. Getting out into nature

This is the cliche option here. The one that you knew would feature on this list, but still it’s a valid one. Whether that’s walking, running, cycling, skating etc, getting out into nature is so beneficial and not to mention, FREE!

Running outside


  1. Sign up to an online subscription service

I personally don’t know much about this, but a quick google of ‘exercise subscription service’ brought up a whole variety of options. I know that the company Les Mills offers a monthly subscription service to access many of their classes that are popular at gyms (think Body Pump, Body Combat etc) for around £10 a month. There may be cheaper options for you to explore as well.

These are a great gym alternative as you get that class workout feel from the comfort of your home and for a fraction of the cost.


  1. Invest in some home gym equipment

As well as the well-known high street stores that stock gym equipment you can find some bargains on Ebay and Gumtree as well. If you’re interested in weights, you could buy yourself a barbell set or some kettlebells.

Yes there is an initial cost to this, but once you have the equipment your workouts are free. There are plenty of apps and sites to help you use your equipment correctly and to get a workout that you’re after.


Home gym equipment: gym ball, resistance band, exercise mat


  1. Exercises DVD’s

There are so many different options on the market that you are bound to find something you like. From yoga, to dance and HIIT. You could buy yourself a few and you can mix it up.

Also this is a cheap option as once you’ve paid for the DVD the workouts are there to do as many times as you like. Some DVD’s I’ve used and would recommend are:

  • Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred
  • Jillian Michael’s Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
  • The Firm 500 Calorie Workout
  • The Firm Bootcamp Maximum Calorie Burn
  • The Firm Core Solutions


  1. YouTube Videos

Free content can be found on sites such as YouTube. All you need to do is play the video and get going. Again, there is such varied content here as well that you can be constantly mixing it up.

If you’re looking for a great warm-up routine check this out here. I also really like the Fitness Marshall’s videos on youtube, think sassy zumba to the tune of recent hit songs.

Movement and mobility are also big at the moment. It’s important to ensure that we have the correct posture and are joints are all working properly so we don’t injure ourselves when working out. This awesome post here from Luke Jones has linked to videos helping you to work on every part of your body!

Outdoor exercise class


  1. Going to Local Classes.

If you’re like me you will love the feeling of working out in a group. It’s harder to give up and slack when there’s a room full of people pushing themselves too. Therefore classes might be a great option for you.

Admittedly these can be quite pricey, however if you do them multiple times a week a gym membership could be a great option for you (see point 1). You might also live in an area where someone runs classes at local churches or halls and these can sometimes be very affordable and worth checking out.


Now my final tip is relating to fitness gear:


  1. Sourcing cheap workout gear.

It seems as if almost every high street store has some sort of fitness range at the moment. Primark has a great selection of gear which is extremely affordable. All you need is a few tops, bottoms, sports bras, socks and a pair of trainers and you’re set.

You don’t need to be spending a fortune on brands such as Nike and Adidas to be able to work out. I personally have a range of brands and some of my favourite tops are from Primark.

I do feel that ideally you’d want to spend a bit of money if possible on trainers, but again you can pick these up cheap even in Supermarkets these days, which is a great option.

In fact just to let you know how cheap this option is I took a look on the Primark website and totalled up 3 complete outfits with a pair of trainers for just over £50. Not bad considering you’d get about one item in Nike for that!

If fitness equipment is what you’re after check out shops like TK Maxx, Sports Direct & Argos as well as going online to Gumtree and Ebay. If you have a Decathlon store near you that’s a great one too.


Workout clothing fitness gear



So there you have it! There are definitely no financial excuses now for not working out now as there’s so many more options than just running. Mix it up & try a few things within your budget and who knows, maybe you’ll finally find your thing.

Do any of you have any other tips to save money when working out? Let me know in the comments below.

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