It’s common to spend a fair amount of money when you make the decision that you are going to get fit. There’s the gym membership or your class fees, and don’t forget you’ll need several outfits, so you’ll look you best. Then there the bag to transport it all in, as well as any equipment that you want to use at home. Not to mention throwing away all the food deemed ‘bad’ by your newest diet and replacing it with ‘good’ stuff instead. But what if it didn’t have to be like this? What if you could save money, but lose weight and get fit at the same time? Read on to find out more.
Don’t change your diet, change your portions
So the number one tip here, to help you get fit thriftly is to work on your portion sizes rather than your diet. Everyone knows that weight loss occurs when you eat fewer calories that you use up. But what most folks don’t realize is that you don’t have to change the type of food that you are eating to do this.
In fact, one university professor ate Twinkies and snack cakes for a month and lost 27lbs! Which you can read more about at edition.cnn.com. Now I’m not saying that is a healthy balanced diet, which is also essential for health and fitness. But I am saying that you don’t have to spend megabucks on all sort of weird and wonderful health food to lose weight. Instead, just try smaller portions and up your vegetable consumption.
Exercise without breaking the bank
Now exercise is a vital part of begging fit and healthy. But it can be pretty intimidating if you need to spend a fortune on it before you can even start. Just think how many of us have signed up to the gym in January only to have stopped doing by March. Or shelled out for the most expensive home exercise equipment, which becomes nothing more than a glorified clothes rack?
Happily, there are some forms of exercise that don’t require a high investment before you start. For example, you can do calisthenics type activities in the comfort of your own home. Which use the tension of your own muscles pushing against each other. So you don’t need any specialist equipment to do it.
Another good value option is to invest in a fitness plan with DVDs like Piyo or Yogalates that you can follow in your own home. Then you don’t need to wear anything particularly special just comfortable for working out in.
Build up your exercise wardrobe slowly
Lastly is it all the leggings, jackets and tops that you need to exercise that is costing you the most money? Then you may need to assess whether you actually need these for your success or are they just a fun luxury?
Sure, it can be nice to subscribe to a club that sends you a new outfit for working out every month. But does the actually affect how many times you workout or how hard you push yourself? If this answer is no, then you might be just wasting money that you can save and use on something else.