Want to get holiday-ready? Dreaming of achieving that beach bod? Summer is a great time to start your journey to becoming fitter and healthier, as the days are longer and lighter. We strive to spend more time outside being active, rather than snuggled up under a blanket to avoid wintery weather.
However, the cost of getting fit can often stop us in our tracks. With expensive gym memberships, costly clothes and pricey classes to contend with, many of us give up before we’ve even begun.
But getting fit doesn’t have to be expensive. There are so many ways to lead a healthy lifestyle without breaking the bank. Here, we look at ways to get healthy for less, so you can stick to your budget and achieve the fitness you’ve dreamt of. Win, win!
Embrace the outdoors
Who says improving fitness must be done in an overpriced gym? You can just as easily improve your health by getting outside in the fresh air. Running is a great way to start. It’ll improve both your aerobic fitness and your stamina, plus boost your mental health. If you’ve never run in your life and the thought is a little daunting, try doing the Couch to 5K programme. Download the app on your phone’s app store and you’ll get a coach to guide you through your run, with the likes of celebrities Sarah Millican, Michael Johnson and Jo Whiley featuring! The plan runs for nine weeks, where you’ll improve your running ability gradually.
Do video and app workouts
There’s a huge amount of YouTube videos and apps that provide step-by-step home workouts, and many are completely free. As they require minimal equipment, the sessions can be done from the comfort of your own home. Plus, you can do them at any time to suit your schedule. This is a fantastic way to try out a variety of workouts without spending a fortune on different classes. Why not improve your core strength and flexibility with Vinyasa flow yoga? Or get your heart racing with a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) session?
Buy unbranded gym clothes
Yes, gym clothing is essential, no matter where you work out — attempting a yoga session in a pair of skinny jeans isn’t a great idea. But that doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy the most expensive sports leggings you can find. Gym clothes don’t need to cost a fortune. There’s loads of great gym wear on the market that will make you look and feel great without breaking the bank. Most big retailers do gym clothing, such as ASOS, Missguided and H&M. Or if you are a fan of labels (but not the price tag) then have a browse at your nearest TK Maxx. There are some great bargains to be had across brilliant activewear brands!
Trust us, it is possible to get fit and healthy on a budget. By embracing new ways of working out, such as running outdoors and doing video sessions at home, you can up your fitness without splurging on expensive gym fees. Plus, avoiding high-price designer labels will save you some serious cash that could be better spent elsewhere.