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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on Living on the Cheap.

You’ve vowed to get fit, lose weight or build muscle, but a gym membership isn’t for you. Maybe those pricey monthly fees won’t fit in your budget, or you hate people looking at you when you’re sweating your way through a torturous hour on the treadmill. Or perhaps your personal schedule is so packed, the only way you’ll have time to exercise is if you work out at home. (We see you, working moms!)

You don’t need a personal trainer or a Peloton bike to get fit at home. There are many free and cheap options available to fitness enthusiasts, whether you’re swole, ripped and fit, or just starting out on the road to better health.

Exercise videos

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The aerobics videos of yesteryear have morphed into YouTube channels, featuring fitness teachers and influencers leading free HIIT, yoga and toning classes online. All you need is a laptop or tablet and some affordable equipment, such as a yoga mat, exercise ball or step.

Try PopSugar Fitness, Yoga With Adriene, Blogilates and Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home for some of the best YouTube workouts. If you don’t like standard aerobics or resistance-training exercises, look for more appealing options, such as cardio dance (like Zumba) or kickboxing.

Your cable or streaming TV subscription may also offer exercise channels or free cardio workout videos. Check the on-demand offerings for fitness channels. Amazon Prime members can find at-home exercise videos included in their Prime Video offerings.

Are the online fitness classes you want to take behind a paywall? Look for free seven-day or monthlong trials. You can try it before you buy it to make sure your investment is solid, or try a new workout at home every month.

Workout apps

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Another great option for exercising without a gym is to use a workout app. Whether you need a daily yoga fix or are training for your first 5K, free fitness apps can help you get and stay in shape.

The best free workout apps fall into several categories. For runners, Nike Run Club gets top marks for …….


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