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Staying in Shape Without Overspending

enough exercise
enough exercise 

Only 23% of Americans are getting enough exercise and for some, a major barrier is the supposed cost of a healthy lifestyle. Tricked into expensive gym memberships and subscription dietary plans that break the bank, the task of keeping fit has become a costly one. However, as staying healthy is a vital part of anybody’s life, improving happiness, confidence and general health, it’s important to know the secrets to achieve this without having to spend a lot.

Shape Without Overspending
Shape Without Overspending

Dump the gym membership

For many people, staying healthy and owning a gym membership go hand in hand, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Simply buying a yoga mat and following one of the thousands of YouTube workouts online for free has kept many people in great shape, and there’s no need to leave the comfort of your own home. Another option, if in need of extra motivation, is to subscribe to a fitness program on an app, many of which are free and offer trials with an opportunity to upgrade to a paid membership. Even the smallest things prove you don’t need a gym, such as skipping the treadmill and going for a jog in the local area or investing in some weights to lift in front of your own television.


Get others involved

Something 100% free to do is to encourage others to join in on your fitness journey. Find a jogging partner, or if you’re a retiree and just want to be a bit more active, use your newfound time to go out on more walks with friends, as the more you move around, the healthier you’ll be. Getting your friends, colleagues and family to join in makes sticking to a healthier diet easier too, as there will be less going out for unhealthy alcoholic beverages, and more delicious meat-free dinner parties. Encouragement and praise from other people who know you’re trying harder to stay fit can really spur you along.


Eating healthy

Eating healthy is often made to seem really difficult, when in fact it can work out cheaper than the alternative. Cutting down on your meat consumption is an overlooked step which is proven to reduce the risk of strokes and heart disease, while massively helping the environment, and works out to be cheaper, as vegetables are far less expensive than meat. Substituting white bread, pasta and rice with whole wheat products is another easy change that increases the amount of fibre in your diet, something most people are lacking in. There are thousands of free healthy recipes online you can use to gain inspiration, and loads of these are budget friendly.

With every news outlet constantly reminding us to keep active, more of us are finding the motivation to stay fit, but only some of us know the secret to do it on a budget. Sharing the information and encouragement between friends, exercising from the comfort of your home and cutting your junk food and upping the fruit and veg intake are all simple, yet far too overlooked tricks. They’re sure to get you feeling healthier than you’ve ever been while saving a lot of money to make you feel great.

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