Getting in shape on a budget
Summer is a great time for getting fit and healthy – there’s much more motivation to get out and about when the weather is warmer and the days are longer. The temptation to stay inside in winter, rather than go out for a walk or a run in the rain or snow, always wins – and we can see why! However, winter is long way away so now is the time to start getting in shape and learning to love exercise (yes, we said love exercise!).
“Getting fit” doesn’t mean joining an expensive gym or spending a fortune on a personal trainer – there are tons of things you can do to start being healthier and doing more exercise that won’t cost you a penny. So, for those of you on a budget this year, don’t panic.
There are many simple things we can do to help us get fitter but we know it’s easy to ignore them, whether because we don’t have time to do them or just because it’s not at the forefront of our minds. Our health is one of the most important things (if not the most important), so the sooner you start thinking about it and taking notice of it, the better.
Take a look at these ideas for getting in shape for less this summer…
Choose to walk – walking is probably the simplest form of exercise but it’s a really great one. If you start walking for 30 minutes-1 hour a day, your fitness will increase no time. Instead of catching the subway or the bus to work, why not walk the 15-minute journey instead? Do that to and from work every day and that’s your 30 minutes of exercise done! Walking is great for people who don’t really like to do exercise because it’s easy and enjoyable, especially if you walk with a friend.
Join an exercise class – if you find exercise boring, or you just enjoy it more when you do it with other people, exercise classes are the perfect option for you. Many gyms will allow you to pay for the class each time you go rather than paying the full membership fee. Have a look online at your local exercise classes to see which one best suits your budget. From Zumba to weight lifting, aerobics to yoga, there’s a class for everyone.
Take up running – for those of you who do like to exercise but don’t want to pay to go to the gym, running is the perfect option. It’s a fantastic cardio work out and is absolutely free! Whether you prefer to run in the woods, along a sandy beach or along the roadside, make sure you have the correct running shoes – you can find some brilliant deals online and your Qmee is always there to show you great price comparisons.
Reduce your artificial sugar intake – artificial sugars can be found in many pre-packaged foods such as baked goods, candy, sauces and dips. Try and substitute the artificial sugar in your meals with natural sugars like maple syrup or honey. Rather than have a pre-packaged cookie when you’re craving something sweet, have a piece of dark chocolate (it contains less sugar than milk chocolate and sweets). You’ll also reduce the amount you’re spending if you stop buying candy, cookies and baked goods so it’s win-win for your health and your wallet!
We’d love to hear your ideas on getting in shape this summer without breaking the bank, or if you’re already keeping fit let us know how… just leave us a comment below.