15 Ways to Get Fit on a Budget

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I heard the other day that the UK is officially heading out of the recession! Not sure how true it is but even if it is (I really hope it is!) we’re all still counting our pennies right?!

Just the other day to another FitPro and friend of mine Michael Anderson, owner of Fat Loss For Beginners, we were talking about how you can still get into shape without breaking the bank. Anyway, Michael kindly agreed to write this killer guest post for me on just how you can get Fit On A Budget!

15 Ways to Get Fit on a Budget

New footwear, high-end equipment, private classes—in your quest to drop a few pounds, you may find your wallet getting thinner, too. But it is possible to get in shape without going broke. Here are a few get-fit tips that can get you results without costing you a fortune.

If you can’t get to the sessions . . . DO A WORKOUT DVD OR ONLINE PROGRAM. You can get a solid workout in your own living room for the price of a private yoga lesson or a few dance classes. (And, ahem, we know where you can find a few good workouts to do at home.) The trick is to stay motivated when your comfy sofa is beckoning from a few feet away. These tricks can help:

1. Treat your workout time like an actual class. Schedule time in your day to work out, and stick with it.

2. Even if you don’t feel like pushing yourself to the limit, at least push yourself to start. Once you’re actually doing the workout, most people figure they might as well put some effort into it.”

3. Invite a friend. “A workout buddy provides accountability and makes it more fun and interesting,”

If you can’t splurge on a trainer . . . HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE. Personal trainers provide structure and accountability to your fitness regimen. But if it’s out of your budget, here’s how you can reap the same benefits on your own:

4. Join an online community. One recent study found that women who worked out with a virtual exercise partner exercised for twice as long as their solo counterparts.

5. Get high-tech help from goal-tracking apps and websites that allow you to monitor your progress. Find a fitness buddy, and get advice and motivational tools.

6. Take a picture. “The motivational power of ‘before’ photos is massive, because you’re going to improve. Even when you don’t feel your training is going well, you can look at where you once were and it almost always gets you moving.

If you can’t splurge on a gym membership . . . HIT THE PAVEMENT. Think of the great outdoors as an enormous, free cardio room. Here are a few ways to get your heart pumping—no equipment necessary.

7. To torch fat, do outdoor intervals. Run up a hill or stairs at top speed for up to a minute, then walk back down at your normal pace to catch your breath and recover.

8. Check a map. Your local geography might offer a unique workout opportunity—are there mountains to climb, oceans to swim, or a stadium for stair running?

9. Go back to the DVD rack. One more benefit of workout videos: Many of them don’t require special equipment.

 

If you can’t splurge on fitness equipment . . . GET CREATIVE. You don’t need to invest in a full set of dumbbells or a weight bench to do resistance training. Here’s how to build muscle on the cheap.

10. Turn everyday household items into makeshift equipment—canned soup cans double as light weights, furniture can add instability, and a milk crate can work as a step.

11. If you buy a pair of weights, go heavy. “Get the heaviest set of dumbbells you can lift in good form.  “You can do a lot with that basic equipment.”

12. Buy bands. “Exercise bands are cheap, light, and take up almost no space in your house, all of our weight training workouts provide options to use bands—we do this to eliminate excuses.” Plus, they’re ideal if you want to stick to your workouts while traveling.

 

If you can’t splurge on a nutritionist . . . LEARN TO SHOP SMART. With a little pre-planning, you can eat well without racking up a huge grocery bill. Here’s how to find nutritious foods that won’t blow your budget.

13. Stick to the basics. Shop for seasonal produce, lean meats, and other foods on the periphery of your grocery store. The centre aisles are usually where packaged and processed foods are kept. Watch for sales on meat, and buy nuts or beans in bulk.

14. Get informed. “Nutritionists worth their salt tend to write books. Read those. Michael Pollan’s Food Rules is a good place to start.

15. Plan your meals ahead of time so you’re not winging it when you hit the aisles. Look for apps that help you plan meals and track deals. “Make a list and stick to it—don’t be swayed by unhealthy sale foods. And to prevent impulse purchases, don’t go shopping hungry!

 

If you have any questions feel free to email me

Michael@fatloss4beginners.com

Thanks again Michael for a great post!

 

 

 

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