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The Secret To Getting Fit For Free

The secret to getting fit for free is to use every opportunity to be active says UK NHS. And it makes a lot of good sense.

Walk Everywhere

Walking is the simplest thing to do and one of the easiest ways to get more activity into your day, lose weight and become healthier. Research shows people who fit moderate activity, such as walking, into their daily life burn more energy than those who make weekly visits to the gym.

So try and fit walking into your daily routine. You don’t need the car or bike for short journeys. Walk part of  the journey home or out. When you get off at your bus stop, shelve

Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K is a free running plan for absolute beginners. Running is great for weight loss, improving heart and lung function, strengthening bones, and giving you a general sense of wellbeing.

The Couch to 5K plan involves 3 runs a week, with a day of rest between each run and a different plan for each of the 9 weeks. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can fit this into your routine.

Find out more about Couch to 5K.

Use a Virtual Fitness Coach

You may find a personal coach a bit expensive. But that doesn’t stop you.  There are tons of fitness workout apps on android playstore or iphone’s App Store.

The virtual trainer will guide you through a series of equipment-free exercises designed to improve your strength and flexibility.

The workout instructions and pace are easy to follow to ensure you do each exercise correctly and in time. The 5-week Strength and Flex plan consists of 5 podcasts, each 35 to 45 minutes long, which are available as a mobile download for smartphones and some wearable fitness trackers.

Or check out this article on The Sports Edit

Cycle to work

This is one hobby that hasn’t quite caught on in Nigeria. Bicycles probably aren’t so cheap here, especially the good ones. But hey, you can get used ones that are good and not so pricey. Or find a place you can rent. And start cycling. It’s another fun way to be active. Whether you’re cycling to work, school, the shops or just for fun, the humble bicycle is an easy way to be more active.

Use The Pedestrian Bridge Please

Instead of hurling yourself across the busy highway, use the pedestrian bridge. It helps you burn calories and counts towards your keep-fit plan. You could do use a pedestrian bridge in your area regulary just for the fun. Research shows that regularly walking up stairs is good for strong bones, cardiovascular fitness and weight management. It’s also a safe, low-impact exercise that requires no equipment.

Park games

Remember the games you used to play in the playground? Games like hide-and-seek, “it” and “stuck in the mud” are not only good fun, they’re an excellent way for all the family to be active, too.

These types of games involve short bursts of intense activity and periods of rest, which are very effective for improving fitness, especially if you’re not usually very active.

Play Street Football, Occasionally at least,

Remember how you play street football while growing up? You can do that.  There is one going on around your street somewhere. Or better still organize one with friends  and neighbours. You will be surprise how much fun and fitness benefits you will derive from it.

 

In Summary, you don’t have to spend a dime to keep fit.  Medical Researches say you require at lease 150 minutes of exercise weekly to be fit. Just find a way to fit the suggestions here into you daily routine.

 

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An IT Solutions Consultant, writer and lately a herbal supplement practitioner with a passion to teach and inspire people. Am the CEO of Quest River Digital, an IT Solutions company located in Lagos.

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