Tips to Help You Get Fit on a Budget
The summer heat is soon coming to an end, making it an ideal time to get back into shape (without sweltering in the sun’s rays). As most know, it can be quite expensive and difficult to get fit with the high prices of gym memberships, busy schedules and lack of time. Getting fit on a budget IS possible with a little planning and tips. Take a look at these tips to help you get fit on a budget!
Set a Schedule
First and foremost, it’s imperative to take a look at your current schedule and see when you are able to work out. If you don’t have set times scheduled, then the likelihood of you skipping on your exercises goes way up. Take a look at your current schedule, and any free time you see, jot it down to work out. Try and plan to workout at least 3-4 days a week. Whether this is weights, step aerobics, swimming, running, walking or yoga, make certain you’re active so you don’t break your healthy habit!
Workout at Home
With today’s technology, there are plenty of DVDs, CDs, online videos and apps you can utilize to get the most out of your home exercise sessions. It would also be a good idea to invest in some exercise equipment specific to the type of workout your comfortable with. Exercising at home has many advantages over going to the gym; you can wake up, roll right out of bed and press “play” without having to worry about how you look. When you’re done with the exercise, you can collapse on the ground due to exhaustion and while you try and catch your breath, bask in your triumph.
Utilize the School Gym
If you’re a current student or staff member at a college or university, take advantage of the school’s gym. As a student, you’ve already paid for it in your tuition, plus it would be easier to fit it into your schedule. In addition, most high school gyms and tracks are open to the public, so be sure to take advantage of the schools in your area.
Join a Gym during Promotions
If you feel as though you aren’t disciplined enough to work out at home (like me), then you might find going to the gym a necessity. The best times to sign up for a gym membership are when they’re holding promotions; most times you can avoid sign up fees, deposits and even get a lower monthly rate. To save even more on your gym membership, let BillCutterz negotiate your monthly membership to the lowest possible price!
Count the Calories
You’ve heard it before… getting into shape is not just about exercising, but eating well also. There are plenty of free apps that make it much more manageable to count calories than with a pencil and pen. A few even give you meal advice on what to eat and what not to eat. If you use an Android phone, here is a great set of apps to try out for calorie tracking.
Drink Plenty of Water
Up to 60% of the human adult body is made up of water, so it is imperative to keep yourself hydrated, especially with physical exercise being added to your schedule. The amount that you should be ingesting depends on your size and weight. It is suggested that you drink between half an ounce to an ounce of water per pound every day. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you ought to be drinking 100-200 ounces a day. Not only is this a healthy habit to form, but it will help you lose weight faster because your body will be fully hydrated, allowing it to work at optimal levels.
Start Positive Habits
There are a number of things you can do, or not do, on a daily basis to help you get fit faster. First, cut out the junk food. This is quite obvious, but essential to getting into shape. Not only will you save money by not buying fast food, but you’ll lose weight a lot faster if you’re not eating a bunch of extra carbs and fat. A few other things you can do; park further away from your office building, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and use a hand basket at the store instead of a cart (if your grocery list isn’t too big).
In the long run, staying healthy and fit will save you time, money and stress. By keeping fit and healthy, your chance of developing several diseases and sicknesses goes down exponentially. Getting fit on a budget is not an impossible task; in fact, it’s much more feasible if you concentrate on what works for you and your current schedule. Don’t wait until New Year’s to get fit, start now!
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