Do you want to get in shape but can not afford to spend money on a gym membership or on equipment? These tips will help you lose weight, build your muscles and develop your cardio without spending any money.

There are a lot of exercises you can do at home without any equipment. If you have a flat pillow somewhere, use it to support your back while you work on your abs. You can easily do push ups, leg crunches, abs, squats and lunges without any equipment. It will be easier to exercise if you set up a space in your home for your workout sessions. Make sure you have enough room to perform all your exercises comfortably. Exercise at home for about thirty minutes two or three times a week. Try working out for longer periods of time so you can progress.

There are many places you can go to if you want to work out in a different environment. Find a park near your home and go there to do your usual exercises and get some fresh air. You will also have plenty of room to run and even do some pull ups if you can find a playground. Swimming is an excellent exercise; if you live near a lake or a river, you should go there as often as possible and swim for half an hour. Some swimming pools offer free classes or will will let people in at a discounted price on a certain day of the week. You should contact your local swimming pool to ask about their prices and discounts.

It is important that you find a good cardio workout. Developing your cardio is a great way to burn some calories, develop your heart and gain some energy. You can do some aerobic exercises at home and even some shadow boxing. Shadow boxing is actually one of the most efficient cardio workouts. Going for runs or power walks is a good exercise too, but remember to take it easy at first. If you want to try a new activity and are not sure how to practice it, find a friend who can show you or look up video tutorials on the Internet.

Playing any kind of sports is a great way to get in shape while having fun. However, joining clubs or teams costs money. If you can not spend money on a membership and a uniform, think about starting your own team. Talk to your friends about this project, and do not hesitate to recruit colleagues or use the Internet to advertise your team and find interested players. It is important to put together a group of motivated people you can count on to play with you on a regular basis. Find a park where you can play or go practice in one of the players' yard if it is big enough.

These different tips will help you get in shape without wasting your money on equipment or on a gym membership. If you can afford to spend more on your fitness program, do not hesitate to join a gym, a local sports team or invest in some quality equipment.