Healthy on a budget

By WomensFitness/Evelyne Wareh

Fancy gyms and high-end fitness wear are awesome. We all love saving up for that must-have gym bag or going on a diet, but your everyday healthy rule doesn’t  come with a high price tag. To get you the best results, start with the minimum spend. And it’s not as hard as you might think! But first you have to get in the right mindset! Get started with these top tips:

  • Be inventive

Sometimes being healthy on a budget means you have to think outside the box. For example, eating lots of vegetables is key to a healthy diet – but if you pick frozen over fresh (which are equally as nutritious) you’ll save a packet. And if the cost of a gym is crippling you, take your workouts outside instead. You’ll have to use your imagination a bit, an outdoor garden can provide a great workout – you can use steps and benches for jump squats, use playground equipment to do pull-ups.

  • Be prepared

One of the essential aspects of getting in shape on a budget is – as the Scouts would no-doubt agree – being prepared. We’re talking making healthy lunches at home rather than buying them; making and carrying your own healthy snacks; always bringing your own water bottle and having a fun fitness schedule so you don’t lose interest and head back to the gym.

  • Do your research

It’s worth doing your own research too. Check out cheap fitness options in your local area like free run clubs or which friends you can persuade to do outdoor workouts, home workouts and runs with you; and check out healthy food bloggers for some free food inspiration.

  • If, then

Having a plan for any unexpected scenarios is also key. For example if rain means outdoor workout is off then do an online workout at home instead; or if a friend fancies a meal out after our workout then I’ll invite them round for a healthy meal at your place instead of spending money on an unhealthy night out. This is a great option for helping you stick to your healthy exercise and nutrition when circumstances change unexpectedly.

  • Go online

One of the best things about the internet is that it gives you so much access to free information and inspiration. Who needs a new cookbook when the internet is full with healthy food bloggers sharing their amazing recipes? Why not sign up to one of the awesome free fitness providers online? Fitnessblender.com and Carly’s Rowena’s YouTube channel have some great options – and they’re completely free!

  

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