How do you stay fit and healthy without spending a lot of money

Photo by Chanan Greenblatt on Unsplash

Many folks believe that in order to look great and to be fit, they need a ton of money. Buying different supplements, machines, paying pricey gym memberships, fancy fitness classes etc. The “poor and fat” stereotype is still alive.

Doing nothing for your health just because you think you have no money for that is a huge mistake. Below you can discover a few tips on how to be fit and look great on a low budget.

Do Equipment-Free Bodyweight Exercises

You don’t need equipment to get a good workout. All you need is your body. Some hand-weights can help if you’re willing to buy them, but even a towel will do. Best of all, these are exercises you can do anywhere, at any time, even if you’re busy or only have a few minutes in the morning or when you get home from work. Of course, you should set your expectations appropriately, but some activity is better than none, and bodyweight workouts can be really effective.

Sunshine

A recent study led by researchers from the Harvard school of public health found that men who had low levels of vitamin D were twice as likely to have heart attacks as those who received higher levels of the “sunshine vitamin.”

Prepare Your Own Food

This may seem time-consuming or too hard or inconvenience you at first, but it’s definitely more cost-effective than eating out. You also make a habit out of it in the long run. In addition, you’re also more aware of what you are ingesting. This does not mean you have to go all-out and eat salad for every meal of the week when you first start. For example, trading a bag of chips for a banana when you’re craving a snack will do. Incorporating small changes would work better than drastically changing your diet all in one go anyways.

Invest In A Home Gym

I’m a kettlebell fan not just for any reason. You see, one kettlebell is capable of A LOT of exercises and a pair instantly doubles that. I always tell people if you have 21 sq.ft of floor space and a pair of kettlebells, you have a gym. No membership needed, no more having to plow through traffic, and you can workout whenever you feel like it.

Not to mention high-quality kettlebells, as well as other iron/steel weights, can last you a literal lifetime. My first pair is still pretty much used and it’s more than eight years old! You can look up YouTube videos on what kind of exercises you can do with your weights, so you don’t have to sign up for a coach or be a member of some Zumba class or cycling group.

Jump ropes and running outside are cheap ways to get fit too! Plus, they’re both portable.

Get Outdoors

Perhaps the only thing left that’s really free, the great outdoors gives you space (both physically and mentally) and peace and quiet for a good workout. Maybe you’re getting into running, and want to take it outdoors. Maybe you just want a little room to stretch. Head to your local park, whether it’s a block or two of green space, or a state park where you can get a good hike or bike ride. If you’d rather stick closer to home, check out your local middle or high school and see if they have a track you can run or a field you can jog around or exercise in. In my hometown, a lot of the schools leave their running tracks open to the public after hours for the neighborhood to use freely.

Drink Water, Water Everywhere!

You might be totally on top of this healthy eating business, but have you stopped to think about what else you’re chucking down your throat? Fizzy drinks, like Coke, Sprite or Fanta, along with highly sweetened or flavored fruit juices are only good for two things – rotting your teeth and piling on the pounds. They’re also blinking expensive.

Switch to plain old water and you’ll find it’s cheaper (even free!), much more refreshing and much better for you. Experts recommend that we drink 8 to 10 glasses (equal to around 2 liters) every day! If you find the taste of water a bit dull, try adding some chopped up fruit to give it a bit of flavor.

Don’t Fall For Fads

Don’t fall for the psychological fallacy of: “If I spend $500 on fitness clothing, I know I’ll use it.” Spend a few bucks on sports bras (women) and compression shorts (men), as holding your bits in place is safe, healthy, and improves performance.

Stop Buying Junk Food

Cut out some of the junk food from your diet. You would be surprised to see how much you may be paying for soda, crackers, cookies, prepackaged meals and processed foods. Despite the fact that they offer very little nutrition and are packed with unhealthy ingredients, they are also very expensive. By skipping the processed and unhealthy foods, you can spend more of your budget on higher quality, healthy foods.

Buy Frozen Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh fruits, berries, and vegetables are usually in season only a few months per year and are sometimes rather expensive. Quick-frozen produce is usually just as nutritious. It is cheaper, available all year and is usually sold in large bags. Frozen produce is great to use when cooking, making smoothies, or as toppings for oatmeal or yogurt. Furthermore, you gain the advantage of being able to take out only what you’re about to use. The rest will be kept safe from spoiling in the freezer. Reducing produce waste is a great way to save money.

Sources & References:
www.mintnotion.com
www.savethestudent.org
www.stuff.co.nz
lifehacker.com
www.healthline.com

Healthy Food MasterBodybuilding & FitnessDiet & Weight Lossfitness,health,healthy diet,weight loss
Photo by Chanan Greenblatt on Unsplash Many folks believe that in order to look great and to be fit, they need a ton of money. Buying different supplements, machines, paying pricey gym memberships, fancy fitness classes etc. The “poor and fat” stereotype is still alive. Doing nothing for your health just because you think...
Sharing is caring!