We’ve all been there, really wanted to up your fitness game but are on a budget. With the price of living continuing to increase it can be hard to afford workouts without compromising your essentials. So here are my top tips on how to stay fit and active whilst on a budget.
1. Multi-Use Equipment
This was one of my favourite ways to help me workout during lockdown. It can be quite daunting when looking at equipment online, however there are a few really useful pieces of equipment that can be used for a number of things during a workout.
Yoga Block - a yoga block is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment to get. From using it as a support to helping to elevate your heels during squats. They can be used for many things and usually cost around £5/6. However, if you don’t want to buy a yoga block a book can be an amazing substitute. For me, I have always found that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is just the right size.
Resistance Band - another really versatile piece of equipment. Something that can be used for a number of things and can really help to enhance your workouts. Resistance bands help to create that extra resistance when doing exercises such as glute pulses or crab walks. They come in a number of different lengths and sizes and are usually around £5-£10. An at home alternative can be to use the tie from your dressing gown. Although not as stretchy can still provide a bit of resistance for your workouts.
2. Home Workouts
Home workouts are now so easy to achieve. There are such a wide variety of online workouts available that you can easily do from the comfort of your living room. During the first lockdown I spent many days doing home workouts. From Ashtanga yoga sessions to dance fitness classes and even HIIT sessions. There are so many options available and some don’t cost you a penny. No matter what type of workouts you are into there are so many options available for you. All of which can be done from the comfort of your own home. What’s not to love about that?
3. Get a Personal Trainer
This may seem like something that can be extremely expensive but I 100% recommend it. There are hundreds of PTs out there, some are extremely expensive, however there are some that are affordable and provide you with amazing services. For me, having a personal trainer isn’t just about working out, it’s about accountability, motivation and friendship. My own PT not only provides me with easy to follow workouts, but support with all aspects of health and fitness and tailors the sessions to my goals Yes, there are some personal trainers that will only work with you in person, but there are also many amazing PTs out there who provide online sessions which can be done from the comfort of your own home. So, have a search online, search social media and see what’s out there.
4. Join a Gym
Again, this is something that can seem a bit more on the pricey side of things but can be quite affordable. Joining a gym can help to get rid of the expense of having to buy lots of equipment to train at home. Although there are many gyms that have a pricey membership there are a lot that can be affordable and provide different levels of memberships depending on your requirements. Why not look at some local independent gyms rather than massive chain gyms, who have gyms all over the UK. Usually the independent gyms can usually provide more affordable memberships.
Well there you go, that’s my top four tips on how to workout on a budget. Feel free to share some of your top tips in the comments below. We’d love to hear your ideas.