Home > Fitness > Get Active Updated 01 September 2015 How to get fit on a budget Getting in shape doesn’t have to take a heavy toll on your bank balance. Here are 5 ways to get fit on a budget. 0 Related The beginner's guide to a spinning class 5 moves to get sweaty together Combo programmes Beginner - 2 days a week, home gym take a Flexibility test » Receive Health tips » Ask Fitness Expert » Join Health24 on Facebook » 10 minute bikini-ready workout Why you need strength to run It’s time to throw the “I can’t afford to exercise” excuse out the window. Here are five ways to get in shape for summer without putting a dent in your bank balance. 1. Group training:If you’re new to exercise and not sure how to do basic exercises properly but you can’t afford a personal trainer, opt for small group training with some friends with a personal trainer. Most trainers offer this budget-friendly option at a much cheaper rate than one-on-one training. Small group training also offers the chance to make new friends; unleashes your competitive spirit and is great for making sure you don’t miss a session if you know your trainer and class-mates are waiting for you.Read: How to get started when trying to get fit2. Join a team: Exercise doesn’t and shouldn’t be limited to a gym. Find a local soccer club or touch rugby or action netball team in your area and sign up. It’s sociable and great exercise. Remember how much you enjoyed sport at school? Find that sport again and you could surprise yourself! Read: Team sports boost teen health3. There’s an app for that:Get out your phone and download one of the many different apps available. From ones which track your steps each day to ones which track your food intake and act as an exercise journal, there are even ones which offer full yoga or HIIT classes on the go. YouTube videos are also a great option, provided you use ones which are done by professionals at not the home-video style wannabe ones. Read: Fitness apps for short, sharp workouts4. Challenge others: Start a challenge with your friends/ family/ colleagues. From a 30-day plank challenge to training for a local 5km or 10km race. There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to keep you motivated and on track. Read: The basics of starting a training regime5. Move more: If group training is still to pricey an option, just try moving more in your day. Simple things such as parking far away from your destination and walking, taking the stairs wherever you go, carrying your groceries to your car rather than using the trolley and walking your dog every evening all add up. Once you’ve made this a habit, increase your daily movements to things that get your heart rate up – try jumping jacks during advert breaks on TV, some squats while waiting for the kettle to boil. Those strange looks people give you will soon be admiring ones when the exercise starts changing your body. Read more:Fit body, fit mindBeing a 'good sport' good for lifelong healthEveryday activities are as good as going to the gym Amy Froneman, ACE-certified Personal Trainer, The KettleBelle Personal Training. More in Fitness How to get into trail running More: FitnessGet Active advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.