Getting in shape doesn’t have to mean buying a special (and expensive) diet and becoming a member at the fanciest gym in the city.
Exercise can be effectively performed on a limited budget. You can get started for free and buy basic equipment for around $25 dollars.
Tips For Getting in Great Shape For Less $
1. Walking, running, stretching, calisthenics, and body weight exercises are free. You only need the weight and momentum of your own body. This is a fantastic start to getting in to shape.
2. The basics are a set of dumbbells and a stability ball. A stability ball can be used as a weight bench not to mention for various workouts targeting all muscle groups, flexibility and agility skills. The best ball I’ve purchased was only $8. For dumbbells, if you buy new, they work out to about fifty cents to one dollar per pound. If you are not lifting very heavy to start, that’s not very expensive. If you need a lot of weight consider buying them used.
3. Used equipment is a great way to save some money. A lot of people hardly touch their brand new equipment before giving up and selling them. You can get anything that is gently used, from a whole weight bench and weight set to a treadmill or elliptical trainer. Just make sure anything electric is in good working order. It’s also well advised to research the model to see if it’s still in production. In case you need spare parts or a technician in the future.
4. A pedometer is a very useful fitness tool. At only $5-$40 a pedometer counts how many steps you take in a day. If you reach 10 000 steps you have walked 5 miles, which the recommended amount of activity for weight loss and general fitness goals.
5. Community centres are not luxurious facilities but they usually have pretty decent equipment, swimming pools and great classes. Memberships range from $30 for 3 months and up. Centres around the city have completely different equipment, prices and rules so it’s best to call around your area to find one that suits you best.
Investing a little in to yourself for your health and well-being is well worth it. I don’t think you need to dip too deep in to your savings to successfully reach your goals. Fitness isn’t about the gyms with hair salons or the personal trainers with decals on their cars. That stuff is fun but it’s not results. Getting in shape is about working out hard, eating right and never giving up!