We all want the ultimate fitness regime but without the big costs of joining a gym. But what are the other less expensive options?
Let’s get straight to the point – if you have ever baulked at the cost of gym membership, equipment, and flashy sports gear, it’s the easiest excuse ever to stop making an effort to get fit and healthy. Yet ultimate fitness is still desired.
But the reality of fitness and exercise is that it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune – far from it, in fact. So, if you are on a strict budget that doesn’t give you much leeway or room to manoeuvre, it’s still possible to get yourself looking and feeling the best you have ever felt. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know.
Ultimate Fitness: The Great Outdoors
Running costs the price of a good pair of running shoes – nothing more. It’s a great way to get out and explore the world, too.
Plus, it’s worth pointing out that cities and states are all taking great interest in public health and fitness, and almost everywhere you go these days there are parks with outdoor exercise equipment you can use for free.
Ultimate Fitness: At Home
As pointed out over at The Fitness Shop, a home gym is way more cost-efficient than an expensive membership that you might not ever use.
Depending on your needs, you can kit out a garage or spare room with a complete set of weights, or just use an old DVD player with one of the many workout plans you get these days. It all depends on your budget, but you could spend as much – or as little – as you like.
Ultimate Fitness: Your Body Weight
If you can’t afford weights, why not take the natural alternative – your own body? Bodyweight exercises are growing in popularity, and push-ups, crunches, lunges and sit-ups are highly effective in the early stages of strength training.
As you progress, you can make things more difficult for yourself by raising your legs on chairs (deep sit-ups), pulling yourself up from beneath a table (pull-ups) and a whole bunch of other completely free exercises.
Ultimate Fitness: Regular Activity
We live in a world where inactivity is commonplace. Most of us sit in front of a desk and computer screen all day, and the impact on our health is significant. In fact, the reality of this sedentary lifestyle is that even if we do an hour of robust exercise via a workout, we still might be less healthy than someone who is on their feet all day.
So, if you really want to make a positive change to your health and fitness, get moving throughout the day. Never spend more than two hours in front of a desk, and start walking instead of taking the car whenever possible.
You can still use the gym
Gyms are expensive – or are they? Actually, when you sign up to a membership plan, it might seem like an awful lot of money, but it’s only a waste if you don’t use it.
If you are determined enough, it works out pretty cheap – 4-5 visits a week and use of all that equipment would be a lot more expensive if you paid for single visits. Value is relative, so once you are in reasonable shape, and used to working out a few times a week, the gym becomes a cost-efficient way of working out.
Good luck with your ultimate fitness regime – and happy saving!