How to Get Fit on a Budget
Every year, the most popular New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight and, consequently, people all over the world spend lots of money on gym memberships and home equipment that they never take full advantage of. Jumping in at the deep end like this is never a good strategy, so here’s how you can get fit without having to worry about breaking the bank.
Cutting out Sugary Drinks
At the start of every year, people commit to a new diet. The problem with this is that they often focus their efforts on solely on what they’re eating. Switching any sugary drinks for water, though, can make a huge difference to your overall calorie intake, with some studies finding that it could help dieters shed up to 5% of their body weight in just six months. As well as losing weight, drinking more water can also help you to reduce your blood sugar levels and even improve your energy levels.
Making the Most of Technology
Nowadays, we’re surrounded with new kinds of technology that we seldom make the most of. Our smartphones are a great way to stay connected to the people we care about, but they can also be powerful tools to help us improve our lives. New apps like Superbody, a personal nutritionist and workout coach in the palm of your hands, can give you tailored guidelines about how you can achieve your fitness goals. Simply input a few of your personal details, such as your age, gender, and current BMI, and you’ll get a better insight into how you can change your habits. And, best of all, it’s free!
Working out from Home
Remember that you don’t need to join a gym and use expensive equipment to get fit. The trick is committing to a regular and well-planned schedule. Doing the same exercises over and over again would make anyone but the most ardent athlete lose interest, so look for a range of equipment to keep your sessions varied and interesting. Dumbbells, medicine balls, and resistance bands are all relatively inexpensive and, for larger equipment, look for used items in your local area. Since so many people give up when they don’t see results right away, you can often find great deals on goods that have hardly been used.
Written by: Alana Cannon. Alana is a BA graduate in English and Journalism from the University of Lincoln. She is an aspiring journalist and is especially interested in fashion writing. She is currently a Freelance Copywriter and loves to keep fit in her spare time.