Keeping fit for less in 2018
In January, we’re at our most motivated to make positive changes to our lifestyles. One of the most common is to get in shape and lead a healthier existence.
Of course, many people choose to join a gym or local sports club - but that's not for everyone. You could save money and get in shape by exercising in the comfort of your own home instead.
Classic home workouts
There are so many different types of home workout that you can try, covering different budgets and levels of expertise. Without spending a penny, you can get fit at home by doing routines consisting of press-ups, planks and other associated muscle exercises. The craze of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) has been particularly popular with home workout enthusiasts over the past few years.
For just a small investment, you could purchase a set of dumbbells, some boxing gear or a skipping rope - all of these could help to diversify your sessions and work lots of different muscle groups.
You could also purchase some more substantial home gym equipment like a treadmill, bike or rowing machine. Of course, this turns home workouts into a more expensive project, but over a prolonged period it could still be considerably cheaper than a gym membership.
Whatever you decide, home workouts can be fun and rewarding, representing a great way of getting back into the habit of keeping fit.
Housework has serious benefits
It's been well-publicised that carrying out household chores can burn lots of calories. So, if you'd rather hoover the stairs than do press-ups in the living room, this could be the workout plan for you.
According to the Daily Mail, 30 minutes of scrubbing the bath is equivalent to 45 minutes of ballroom dancing, burning around 200 calories. Meanwhile, half an hour of making beds is equivalent to running for 12 minutes on the treadmill, burning over 100 calories.
A study by stormclad.co.uk suggests that carrying out a day of household chores (vacuuming, cleaning floors and gardening etc.) could burn over 1,000 calories. Using strenuous household jobs as an alternative to a conventional workout is also a great timesaver and helps you to keep your body and your home in shape.
The garden is your playground
There are also plenty of ways you can work out in the garden if you want to get outside. When making the move to the garden, you can do many of the same exercises you can do inside. Lunges, push-ups, burpees, planks and sit-ups can all be executed with the added benefit of some fresh air.
A home workout can be bolstered outside thanks to the additional space which allows you to do things like interval training and shuttle runs. During a garden exercise session, you should also take advantage of any steps you have as step workouts are a great way to burn fat.
It may not seem so appealing at the moment, but as spring starts to arrive, getting out in the garden to exercise will provide an appealing option to mix things up.
Further reading: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/explore/outdoor-workouts/
Relax with a yoga session
Yoga has many benefits, including improving balance, building core strength and reducing stress. Carrying out yoga workouts from home is easy and requires barely any additional equipment. All you'll really need is a yoga mat and a big enough space to practice. Ideally, you should do your yoga workouts in a quiet and empty space to maximise effectiveness.
For beginners to intermediates and experts, there are all sorts of classes available on YouTube and other specialist websites, catering for different types of needs and requirements.
A yoga workout is a great way to start or end the day and it is well publicised that a healthy mind and body go hand in hand. This is an effective method of implementing a positive lifestyle change which is relatively easy and can take up as much or as little time as you desire.
Getting in shape is no quick fix. However, if you can regularly carry out some of the activities detailed above, you could start to see some positive results without affecting your bank balance.