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10 really cheap ways to stay fit!

Last updated on: July 16, 2014 17:10 IST

10 really cheap ways to stay fit!

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It really doesn't cost you an awful lot to stay in shape. Here are 10 simple ways!

Before you purchase that expensive gym membership, we suggest you read this!

Disclaimer: This article should not be considered in the capacity of professional medical counselling.

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Go for a run!

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Running is one of the most effective cardiovascular exercises.

The best part? It does not cost you a thing!

All you really need are a pair of shoes and the will to wake up in the morning and hit the road.

Now you could come up with some lousy excuse of how crowded your city is but if you really, desperately do want to stay in shape, you will find a place to run.

If you haven't practiced any kind of exercise for a long time, we suggest you start by walking.

Eventually, look for different tracks to test your endurance levels or if you cannot, just run against a timer.

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Skipping is yet another underrated form of cardiovascular workout.

A skipping rope doesn't cost you an awful lot (unless of course you insist on buying a digital one).

And if you really think about it, was it not one of your most favourite activities as a child?

So what is stopping you from picking up that rope again?

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Functional training

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Functional training is one of the hottest new fitness trends in India. And it does not require anything more than a couple of dumbbells.

And here are some simple workouts to get you started!

So what's stopping you now?

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Exercising at home

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Do not ever underestimate the close confines of your house. There is an awful lot you can do at home and this article will take you through ten such workouts (that don't even need dumbbells).

So stop coming up with excuses and get started already!

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Practice Surya Namaskar

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The Surya Namaskar is the most underrated form of workout.

A set of 12 poses that pays obeisance to the sun, the Surya Namaskar isn't some mumbo-jumbo.

The wonder of the Surya Namaskar is that it can function as a warm-up before any form of workouts, a stretching routine after a heavy workout session AND a cardiovascular workout in itself (if done at an increased pace).

It can also help you calm down and relax and get you started for the day.

Because the set of 12 poses works on every single part of the body, it also helps you become more flexible and reduce your tummy.

You can read more about the benefits of the Surya Namaskar and learn how to do it here!

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Tower running

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It may not be very popular in India but it is also one of a very effective endurance sport.

Tower running is exactly what it reads -- you run up tall structures.

More often than not, tower running races take place on the staircases of skyscrapers.

But you don't need to be staying in a tower to run up a flight of stairs, do you?

Put on your running shoes, start the timer and climb the stairs. It really is that easy.

Like in the case of all workouts, keep yourself hydrated and don't push yourself to a point of no return.

Start slow -- you can start by taking the staircase rather than the elevator -- and then increase your pace.

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Cycle

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Cycling is the newest cool thing to do in cities.

And while there are several expensive options available, there are as many cheaper ones too -- starting from as little as Rs 7,000.

If that is expensive too, consider purchasing a used bicycle and then upgrade if needed.

If you like staying at home, consider investing in a basic stationary bike.

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Join a trekking group

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Trekking isn't just a great way to get active but also to meet new people and gather new experiences.

It doesn't take a lot to locate a local hiking group.

Join one; start with easy weekend treks and take things from there.

If you're single, it might just be the place you find someone interesting who also shares your interests. *wink wink*

ALSO READ Why you need to go on a 'trek date' before getting married!

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Play badminton

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Surely cricket and football are among the top favourites in India but if you think of it, there is nothing quite like badminton.

Not only does it require good co-ordination, but also works on both your lower and your upper body. It helps you improve your reflexes, stamina and power.

What's more, one of India's hottest actresses used to be a badminton player!

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Get started on a four-week workout plan

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If we haven't been able to convince you to get started, nothing else will.

However if you are beginning to finally warming up to the idea of working out, may we present to you two four-week plans.

This one is by fitness trainer Brinda Sapat for week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4.

And this one is by Abhishek Sharma.


Have we missed out on any more options?

Please post your suggestions on ZaraBol -- #Cheap-workouts!


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