8 Ways to Get in Shape Fast Without Trying Too Hard (or Spending Too Much)

Let's be clear about one thing right off the bat: In order to get in shape fast, you do have to try a little. Sadly, they have yet to invent a pill that unearths Emily Ratajkowski–worthy abs overnight, so in the meantime, at least a little bit of effort is required. And anyway, we can all but guarantee that your mind and body will thank you for putting the time in: Being active does wonders for your overall well-being, from boosting immunity and happiness to helping with sleep deprivation.

This all being said, you also don't need to spend hours on the treadmill to get in great shape. You don't have to kiss your social life goodbye or designate an hour per day to get your gym fix in order to see results. And perhaps most significantly, you don't have to spend a lot of money. You actually don't need to spend any at all.

We know this from experience. As busy, working women who still prioritize our health, we're constantly on the hunt for ways to break a sweat without breaking the bank (or our schedule). Some of us even hate the gym, which is why convenience is ultimately crucial: We're that much more likely to work out when it's easy (and cheap!) to do so. And as we've put some strategies into practice, we've found that some work better than others. Keep reading to see our favorite ways to stay in shape with minimal time and effort.