The Best Ways to Get in Shape without Getting a Gym Membership

The high cost of a gym membership doesn’t need to hold you back from getting into shape. There are plenty of options for those who want to work out at home–but the key is to stick with it. By choosing a program that offers a schedule or other type of incentive to get fit, you’ll find that you have more success. Take a look at the following options to help you get in shape, without ever stepping foot in a gym:

Beachbody Videos

Famous for its infomercials for exercise videos, choices at abound. Whether you’re looking for something physically difficult like P90X or INSANITY, or prefer to ease into working out with something like 10 Minute Trainer or PiYo, there is a workout video for everyone. No matter which workout you choose, you’ll receive a set of DVDs, along with a schedule telling you which days you should workout and which DVD to do on that day. You’ll also get a diet plan to follow for better results and the option to purchase meal replacement shakes and other supplements.

At, you join a weight loss challenge with others and put your money where your mouth is. All the people in a group put a certain amount of money into the pool. After a certain amount of time — usually a month or six weeks — the money in the pool is divided by all of the people who met their goals. As long as you complete the challenge, you’ll at least get back the money you put into the pool, but you stand a chance to win a lot more.


With, you can design your own personal weekly exercise program that is tailored to your specific fitness goals. Whether you are trying to lose weight, get in shape, or tone a specific muscle group, Xmovo will provide you with a weekly routine, using social TV. Once you join the community, you can track your progress, record weekly or daily data, join challenges, and share your experiences with others. With flexible workout schedules and an entire social community to cheer you on, you can stick to your fitness goals like never before.

7 Minute Workout

The 7 Minute Workout consists of a series of exercises designed to give you a good workout in a short amount of time. The exercises include moves like jumping jacks, planks, squats and push-ups. Download the 7 Minute Workout app at iTunes, or visit to get a timer that tells you which moves to do when.

30 Day Challenges

On Pinterest, you can find printable images for 30-day challenges, such as the “30 Day Push-Up Challenge” or “30 Day Plank Challenge”. In these, you start with a small amount of the exercise, such as just 20 seconds of doing a plank, and slowly work your way up to a much larger number. By the end of the challenge, you’ll be doing things you never realized you could do.

Couch to 5K

Designed by Cool Running, the Couch to 5K running plan can turn anyone into a runner. In theory, the plan can take a “couch potato” and have him running a 5K within nine weeks. It works by alternating running and walking. Initially, there’s more walking than running, but time you’re running increases each week. By the sixth week, you’ll be running in 10-minute blocks, and by the seventh week, you’ll be running 25 minutes at a time. See the program at, or download their app to help you stay on track.

No matter what type of exercise you choose, commit to sticking with the routine if you want to see real results.

the author

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure.

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