If you’re trying to get fit on a budget then learning how to fit in a cheap workout that’s still effective is essential.
While some people will claim if they didn’t go to the gym they wouldn’t work out, or the fact they have a personal trainer or own expensive equipment keeps them accountable, is simply a matter of mindset and motivation.
But the fact is that if you don’t have a budget that stretched to gym memberships and personal trainers then you’re just going to have to get on with it and do some exercise anyway. If that sounds harsh then if it’s any consolation I don’t have time to spend ages in a gym each day anyway.
Once you factor in travelling there and back, shower time, dressing appropriately….at home and old pair of shorts (or even pyjama bottoms in my case) and a tatty sports bra will do. Drag out your old workout mat, grab a glass of (free) tap water, and you’re good to go.
Remember, it’s not the fancy new leggings or technologically advanced shaker bottle that keeps you healthy. It’s just getting moving and eating well, which you can do on even the tightest budget if you know how.
The Sun Newspaper asked me for my top tips on working out on a budget (find the original article here).
Here’s my tips for getting in a cheap workout and extra movement that really does add up:
- Free apps: Apps are great for people who love using their phones and most offer a free version, with paid upgrades for premium features. WatchFit has tons of free articles as well as relatively cheap plans you can buy.
- Gym classes aren’t necessary: Home workouts can be really effective if you can motivate yourself. YouTube has lots of free workout videos to follow too.
- Make it up: Make up your own workout using bodyweight exercises like squats, lunges, sit-ups, burpees, press-ups and sprints on the spot. Interval training is great if you’re short on time. Or if you prefer getting outdoors then running, cycling or a long walk are all free.
- Household chores: Play some lively music, put some effort in and work quickly — you’ll get the jobs done twice as fast and have a tidy house by the end. If gardening, ensure you work up a sweat for it to be effective.
- Keep moving: Take every opportunity to move more, like using a standing desk and pacing up and down while taking phone calls. All movement helps boost circulation and prevents stiff muscles and an achy back.
- Playing with the kids: If you have children then playing with them is certainly better than sitting on the sofa or park bench. In fact playgrounds are fantastic for an all-over workout, with a good mix of climbing, pulling yourself up, holding your core tight to support yourself and chasing after your kids.
- Get creative: Most workout classes will ask for a small fee but if there’s nothing suitable for you why not create your own class with a few friends? Keep each other accountable by committing to meeting in the park or in someone’s living room or garden if there’s space.
- Go online: Numerous online support groups are popping up where you can get support and ask advice from people with similar goals. Facebook groups in particular can be a good way to meet other budding fitness fans. Weight Loss and Fitness for Mums is my group aimed at sharing tips on how to get fit and eat healthier.