Staying fit and keeping yourself healthy is an essential item that you need to invest in, but it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. In fact a lot of methods are totally free and you need only invest your time to achieve your goals.
Here are my top ways for you to get fit on a tight budget:
Workout DVDs or You Tube
There is an ocean of cheap workout DVDs that are very good. Check your local pound shop or if there is one in particular you’re after, then Amazon is great. You could hire DVDs from the library and swap regularly to stop you getting bored. You Tube is full of fitness routines and whole programmes are available for free. I recommend Metafit where all you need is a bit of floor space.
There are hundreds of fitness apps popping up that will help you track your progress and work towards different goals. Sworkit is a circuit training app with pre-set routines that let you chose what you want to focus on. Fitnet is also good – it contains over 100 workouts designed by PTs, but what sets this apart is that it can use the camera on your device to track your movements and give feedback. I also like Pacer a free app for knowing how many steps you take, how many calories you’ve burnt and how far you have walked/ run.
You can create a home gym very easily. With shops like Decathlon or even Aldi, you can get a decent selection of weights and cardio machines. Try Amazon who sell skipping ropes for as little as £1 or rowers for £15. If you want to recreate the gym, then you could use auction websites which are great for old gym equipment at a budget price, or even better, there is a site called Freecycle where you can get equipment for free.
The Great Outdoors
Go for a jog around your area – you might be surprised at what you see. If jogging isn’t your thing, then go for a walk or a bike ride. No matter where you live you can find good walking or cycle routes via google. Not only is it the cheapest option, but you’re getting lots of fresh air and you’ll feel good. If the weather is bad then use what you have at home – run upstairs, instead of walking around the house, lunge walk everywhere.
Group Personal Training
If you feel that you would need more motivation to get started, or even if you’re motivation is enough but you feel like you’re in a slump, then why not try group personal training. I offer one-to-one or group sessions for simple reasons. Some people prefer to try out new things with a few friends and spread the cost, others prefer the one-to-one approach and don’t mind the cost. Either way Speak with a PT as they too may offer group discounts.
Gym memberships can be expensive – but not if you’re clued up! Most gyms offer a cheaper membership during off-peak hours. Never be afraid to haggle and always take advantage of free trials.