5 Ways to Get Fit for Under $5

by Jessica Smith, REDBOOK

Think getting in shape has to cost a fortune? Think again! Here are 5 budget friendly ways to get fit for next-to-nothing:

1) Download A Fitness App. (cost: $0.99 to $1.99 each) Get in a good workout -with or without the gym- with the workouts available with Deft fitness ($0.99). Or turn your world into your own treadmill with iTreadmill - it tracks your steps, distance and average speeds. This pedometer app even lets you set a pacer dial, which clicks to keep you up to speed ($1.99). Or check out PumpOne's fitness builder and fitness class apps (free!) for expert level training and group fitness class experience for your iPad. (All available on apple.com/itunes.)

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2) Get a guest pass for a new gym. (cost: free) Most gyms offer guest passes to locals, and invite you to come and try them out for free. Some chains like 24 Hour Fitness even host events for guests - checkout their "Last Chance Workout Weekend" when they add special master classes and offer free giveaways and kids club for the event weekend.

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3) Go ride a bike (cost: free). Dust off that old bike in your garage and go for a spin. Cycling is a great way to burn calories and tone your lower body, and burns up to 800 calories an hour. Search online and find a community ride near you, most cities offer a free monthly police escort for group riders.

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4) Skip the gym and join a sports team in your area. (cost: free) Try something fun that you used to play as a kid- like kickball! Kickball is an excellent way to burn calories, tone your legs and make new friends. You can search for a team online at www.kickball.com. (Not a fan of kickball? Check out volleyball, soccer or basketball teams instead). One intense 60-minute game can burn you up to 500 calories.

Jessica Smith is a certified fitness lifestyle expert and creator of the 10 Pounds Down DVD series.

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