FITNESS TIP OF THE DAY:
Don’t let a limited budget get in the way of your fitness goals.
Before fitness clubs, workout DVDs or fitness equipment were even invented people were still able to exercise to stay healthy and fit. Before the age of technology, most people were used to pushing, pulling and lifting heavy objects on a regular basis, spending most of their day on their feet versus sitting behind the wheel of a car. Needless to say, there are easy and “creative” ways to exercise and get fit without breaking the bank!
- Go for a 10 minute brisk walk after each major meal (30 minutes per day; 210 minutes per week).
- Pick up a jump rope (15 to 20 minutes burns up to 200 calories).
- Access fitness videos online (www.sparkpeople.com, www.fitness.tv).
- Use body weight exercises (i.e. Push-ups, chin-ups, squats/wall squats, lunges, calf raises, plank, Superman).
- Go to a local park or playground (i.e. Jungle gym, rings, swings, basketball court).
- Make your own dumbbells or barbells (i.e. Using common household items and water/sand).
- Access strength/resistance training videos online (www.sparkpeople.com, www.fitness.tv).
By being creative and resourceful you can have everything you need to get a quality total body workout (cardio and strength) for as little as ten dollars. It will require carefully juggling your schedule, dedicating the time and space to your workouts and a long term plan but it is possible and incredibly beneficial in the end. Also, be sure to practice proper technique and safety with all of your workouts. Your workouts and progress are only as good as the health of your body (which relies heavily on your rest and recovery between workouts).
For more information on these ideas, visit the following:
- TodaysFitnessTrainer.com – Workout Advice: Working Out on a Budget (Part One)
- TodaysFitnessTrainer.com – Workout Advice: Working Out on a Budget (Part Two)