How To Get Fit Without Joining A Gym (Or Paying a Monthly Fee!)

Get Fit… Exercise More… Lose Weight… Be Healthier… Eat Better…

This year, over 26% of the New Year Resolutions made included one or more of the above making it the number one resolution for 2017…
The sad truth is that somewhere between 40-80% of people say they have never succeeded in their New Year Resolutions ever and only half of the people who make New Year Resolutions last longer than one month!

I know that the gym can be expensive as can personal trainers. Working out in a free but outdoor gym can be cold and wet and slightly uncomfortable if you’re not confident. But there is a way that you can work out without spending money, feeling like you’re being watched or even leaving the house!

The Facts: For general health, we need at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on five or more days of the week but “it is likely that, for many people, 45-60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a day will be needed to prevent obesity”. Moderate activity is anything that gets your heart rate elevated and helps you break a sweat.

So how can you do this at home without spending an average of £444 a year on the gym alone?!

Here are my favourite options for a home workout:

  1. Wii Console: So I have had my original Wii console for about 7 years now and I know people who swear by the Wii Fit game for regular exercise and weight loss even. I prefer to play the Zumba games which vary in levels and length. I still use it now if I don’t feel like going to the gym. If this is something you want, you can get an original Wii console for about £20 on eBay and the Zumba games for as little as £4 (not including P+P). That’s less than a month’s gym membership already!
  2. FitnessBlender: This is my go to for free home workouts (although they do offer a paid service as well which you can find here). They have dozens of free workout videos to follow on YouTube and it ranges from HIIT and Kickboxing to Yoga and Low Impact workouts for rest days. I legit did a Kickboxing Cardio workout last week and don’t think I even sweat that much in the gym. I love it!
  3. printable workouts: I have a tonne of these saved on my phone for when I go to the gym because these guys are amazing. They have loads of workouts for at home or at the gym including how many sets and reps of each exercise you need to do. They have ones for specific body areas as well as general workouts. Search on Pinterest for some of the favourites or check out their website.
  4. Beachbody Workouts: I presume most people have heard of Insanity? Well, that workout comes from a brand called Beachbody and they have way more than that one workout although if you think you’re ready for the challenge, try it out. I personally couldn’t handle Insanity when I tried it and now have T25 instead which I’m due to start when I get under 10stone!
  5. 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels: I haven’t tried this personally but my good friend has and swears by it. It’s something I would definitely try and have already considered tbh. You can buy the DVD from Amazon from £4.99
  6. 8fit: This is an App I have on my iPhone. They provide workouts, personal trainers and meal plans at a small subscription cost. All the workouts I’ve seen so far last for 15 minutes at most and are pretty straight forward to follow. I tried the month free trial although I can admit I never used the app as I was always at the Gym or using FitnessBlender LOL.
  7. Jogging/Running: All you need is a pair of shoes, some clothes that you’re comfortable to move in and some water. You don’t have to be running 5km on your first day either. Free apps like Couch to 5k are awesome for building up your endurance and turning you from a walker to a runner.

Obviously, as you’ve probably realised, for some of these all you need is your bodyweight but for others, there are a few pieces of equipment you might need to achieve the best results (it’s still going to be cheaper than any gym membership!)

What might you need? 

  • Secondhand Nintendo Wii Console (from £20 on eBay)
  • Zumba Wii game (from £4 on eBay)
  • 8fit App subscription: £44.99 annually
  • Dumbells (I bought two of these ones for a total of £12)
  • Kettlebell (Sainsburys sell a range from 4kg to 10kg from £15 but for a lighter weight I love the Davina range from Argos from £4.99)
  • Skipping Rope (You can buy good strength skipping ropes from Amazon, Argos, Sports brands etc but I like this one for just £8.99)
  • Resistance bands are needed for T25 eventually (I got this set of USA Pro resistance bands from Sports Direct for £6.99)
  • The right shoes (I literally just bought this pair of trainers to see what they’re like but I also considered buying these ones too if I don’t get on with the ones I just bought)

Total cost (low end): £138.99 (saving £305!!). My actual total spend has been £73.99 as I already had some of these things and I don’t have all of them including the 8fit subscription BUT I do have a gym membership just because it works for me.

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You don’t have to buy it all at once and you don’t have to buy it all! You do have to remember that strength training is just as important as cardio for fitness as well as weight loss so try to make sure you do some weight training at least 2-3 times a week as well as your daily cardio.

If you liked this post, you might also like this post with a Free Beginners Workout Schedule and Log Printable!

This is not a sponsored post and all opinions and recommendations are my own. 


  1. Jodie says:

    I love 30 day shred although tended to do like 3-5 time a week and stuck mostly to level 1 and tried level 2 a bit. I also find you can adapt to be cheaper like i used to fill water bottles up for weights haha. I have got into yoga and love it, but find i get bored of the same routines. I fancy fitness blender and workoutlab to try 🙂 x

    1. Unsigned, Emmie says:

      I love the water idea and should have mentioned that before dumbells, I was using 400g cans of food LOL! I need to try beginners Yoga as I tried a yoga class at the gym and just felt ridiculous, out of place and even more unfit. I can’t recommend FitnessBlender enough xo

  2. This is a great post with some great money saving ideas. I have a wii , I just need to dig it out now.

    1. Unsigned, Emmie says:

      I won’t get rid of my Wii regardless of how old it is because it’s so good for fitness! I might even buy another Zumba game just to switch up the music a bit now xo

  3. Natalie says:

    Definitely going to dig out my old Wii Console & get on ebay for some games to help with workouts.
    I have been going to the gym but ive been finding myself wanting to be outdoors more, so them resources youve provided will be really useful.

    After reading this I think I will be cancelling my gym pass. I will let you know how it goes.

    I have bookmarked this page to refer back to and shared on twitter.

    Natalie from

    1. Unsigned, Emmie says:

      Hey hun, thanks for the comment and also the share! For some people, the gym just isn’t the way forward. I can’t bring myself to even jog outside but I might try again one day… I just feel so unfit when I do. I love those resources because it just gives you way more options which in turn makes getting fitter easier.

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