Over to our lovely guest poster…Pippa
Hello! I’m Pippa and you might know me from A Mothers Ramblings, where I blog about all the great things my family and I get up to. Budgeting is a huge part of my life and I’ve been very lucky that my husband and I have worked out a way in our budget to put aside enough money each month for me to go to join a local Gym (and you can find out how I’m doing at Pippa World). And yet I know that not everybody is able to afford this and so here are nine ways that everyone can achieve fitness on a budget.
Buy a Fitness Videos or Fitness Computer Game
There are hundreds of DVD’s and Fitness promoting Computer games for sale in supermarkets, online, video shops and in charity shops too. Other people losing interest in getting fit is your gain, as it means you get to buy fitness videos or games at very little cost. Of course you can also borrow them from your local library. There might be a small fee but you can regularly swap between different DVD’s or games so that you don’t get bored. If you have Sky TV you can also watch Channel 282, aptly named the Fitness Channel and there are hundreds of tutorials on YouTube you can watch too.
Photo Credit: Kevin Dooley
Go For A Walk
Walking is one of the easiest ways to exercise. It might be that you walk to the local shops, to the Supermarket or just take a long walk with your family at the weekend. I think that when you are unfit or not used to exercise that walking is one of the best activities because it is low impact and doesn’t require any equipment.
Pump Up Your Normal Routine
Since starting on this journey I’ve realised that there is a lot more that I can do in my normal daily routine to increase the amount of exercise I get. From cleaning the house at speed, marching on the spot whilst doing the dishes to parking further away from the entrance of a building I’m going to. The small additions make a big difference to my fitness.
Exercise With A Friend
It could be that you and a group of friends find a personal trainer willing to split the cost between you all, or that you swap DVD’s with each other or that you go out for a walk/jog/run together. Exercising with a friend means that you get some support and double up on the fun.
Play A Team Sport
It might be that you join the local Adult Netball Team, or Five a side Football, but when you are working out together as a team you don’t realise how hard you are working. It’s a great way to boost your fitness, your social life and it doesn’t cost a lot either.
There’s an App for that
There are so many free fitness apps for the various types of phones. I’m on a few of them (My FitnessPal and Endmondo are my favourite), and they are a great way to see how far you are moving, how quickly and how many calories you are burning too. The great thing about some of the apps is that you can friend people in your local area who have similar goals, use routes that others have planned and get support from friends all over the world.
Use What You Have
Instead of spending out a small fortune on buying some equipment, use what you already have. Run up and down the stairs, use cans of food or bottles of water as weights, use children as weights to keep your feet still whilst you do sit ups. It might be that you already have some “proper” fitness equipment such as a skipping rope, a bike or a pedometer so make sure you use those too.
Fitness Trails and Outdoor Gyms
Here in Milton Keynes we are rather spoilt with outdoor gyms, there are three that I know of and I’m sure that there are a lot more across the country hidden away in parks and green spaces. Find one local to you and make use of it! Similarly if there are any walks near you, you might find that there are also Fitness Trails or Trim Trails that you can make use of. The great thing about outdoor gyms or trails is you can take your whole family with you and everyone can enjoy a work out.
Play With Your Family
Running around after family members might not seem like a workout, but going to a green space (even the back garden) and playing tag for half an hour or kicking a football about counts as exercise (as long as you are moving!) and is great fun too. My children love the new active me and I love that we are all being active together.
I hope that some of these suggestions have inspired you to get more active and that you enjoy it as much as I am!
Thank you Pip!