Do you think budget fitness can’t be done?
Are you looking for some budget fitness ideas?
Do you think you need gym membership? A personal trainer? or expensive kit or equipment to help your fitness?
Think again – budget fitness can be yours! I’ve done it and in fact continue to do it on a daily basis! *
Just starting out on your fitness journey? Then start with a daily walk, getting out into the fresh air for 10 – 15 minutes a day will begin your journey, mine started when I got a dog . From this you may wish to progress to a jog or a run. This blog post about my running history also provides signposts to some great helpful websites for getting started. You don’t need fancy kit for walking or running – comfortable clothes and you can start with basic trainers.
In addition to aerobic exercises, like jogging, cycling, swimming, it is important to do activities to strengthen the muscles. These maintain movement, build and maintain bones and maintain health (NHS guidelines) . This article in The Independent offers 6 reasons to weight lift. Strength work can be achieved on a budget. There are a lot of resources online for body weight exercises, use of resistance bands and weights. This link is to You Tube Body Weight exercises for Women over 50 . Facebook and Instagram have a plethora of Fitness Influencer’s posting workouts – take a look at Carly Rowena, Tally Rye, Julia Buckley, The Food Medic.
You may feel intimidated by these young ladies and their workouts. I have been a member of Julia Buckley’s online gym for a number of years, at £2.49/week it offers fabulous budget fitness. I have made great gains working out at home alongside Julia’s video’s and infectious motivation. Also Julia is 40+ years of age, not 20+! Her online gym has a vast array of workouts starting with programmes for beginners.Oh and I see you can get a 10 day free trial here.
So no gym fee’s or travel costs. Workout in whatever clothes you like; pjs, underwear….. As you progress you may want to invest in some weights, but these can be picked up at reasonable prices at Argos, Aldi, eBay or Amazon…..amongst other places.
I am keen to help people maintain functional fitness as they go into midlife and beyond. Read my blog on it here.
It is also important to stay mobile for bone health, read my blog on Osteoporosis.
In order to be in good health taking regular exercises is paramount. If cardio fitness and strength work seem out of your reach, perhaps some mobility work would be a great way to start. I am a big fan of Yoga with Adriene, another free resource on You Tube. Take a look at her Yoga for Complete Beginners here.
Other budget fitness ideas
I like to play tennis and to swim and I have managed to find relatively cheap ways of doing these things.
A nearby village with 2 tennis courts and no facilities runs a social tennis club and for less than £1/week I can play tennis a couple of times a week.
Swimming is more expensive, as I am currently only swimming once a week I have found the best deal is to buy a 10 swim pass, making the cost of a swim £3.55. Although I do see that my local pool has cheaper options, for example This Girl Can session £3.00.
I hope you’ve found something useful or interesting here. Thanks for reading.
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‘* This post does not replace any medical advice you have received. I am not a Doctor, medical professional or a personal trainer. Please seek the advice of a professional if in any doubt about a fitness programme for yourself.