Starting a workout program can be scary, and that’s before you find out the costs of gyms, equipment, and cutting-edge classes. But, there’s plenty of workout tools that you can take advantage of for free and without ever walking in a gym.
When getting started, most beginning workout plans recommend aiming for 20 to 30 minutes of cardiorespiratory activity (those that get your heart rate up and break a sweat) five to six days per week and strength exercises that work your major muscle groups two days per week. To help, we’ve identified each of the gym-free ideas below as “cardio” or “strength.” Try out several ideas to establish a routine and get started. Not only will this help you narrow down what you like best, but it will also show you what might be worth investing in to further your workouts down the road.