Get Fit for Free

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exerciseThe Problem

Paying $15 or more per exercise class or signing a yearlong contract at the gym is expensive.

The Solution

Free online workout videos can help you get fit on a budget. Granted, working out at home requires a special brand of stick-to-itiveness, but we particularly love this option on cold winter days when you simply don’t want to leave the apartment.

The Action

Visit our top picks for online workouts.

- Sparkpeople.com allows you to mix and match videos to target desired body parts, like arms or abs. Strengthen your core with dozens of free, ten- to 20-minute workout videos. We recommend doing these during quick bursts of downtime.

- If you’re more into yoga, take out your mat and enjoy the weekly free class offered at YogaToday.com. To access the free class, sign up for the free membership. And you always have the option to sign up for a higher membership level or spend $4 on other classes offered from the site.

- Use the advanced search option on YouTube to find long or medium length search results that have “workout” or “fitness” in the title. This will help you avoid any videos that are only a few minutes in length. We love the old-school aerobics options we found.

- Or, simply follow others’ fitness plans by joining fitclick.com, a new social network that allows users to duplicate others’ methods for staying in shape. (For some you’ll need weights or access to a stationary bike or treadmill, but many workouts can be done at home.)

Exercising at home can save you time, and more than $600 per year!