We all know just how vital keeping in shape is to both our physical and mental health. Last year gym membership soared by 44% but paying out to keep fit can often prove to be way too expensive for those living on a budget. Other day-to-day bills such as rent, food, and utilities take precedence and, for many, there is little left for what they would consider luxuries such as a health club membership.
These days, most of us are time poor, so an extra saving in this department is almost as welcome as the financial savings you’ll make. Working out at home cuts down on travel time to and from the facility that you would ordinarily use, and it removes one more excuse from your list of why you can’t keep fit. It’s a win/win.
When it comes to paying money to maintain our health, many of us would prioritize healthy eating or medical cover before shelling out to go to a gym. With health professionals recommending more than ever that we take time out of our daily schedule to exercise, what can we do to get the blood pumping without having to pay excessive membership fees?
Do I need to buy expensive equipment?
Not at all. Sure, there are one or two pieces of kit that will help you along the way, but they are far from essential, especially when you are first starting out. Even things such as briskly walking when you would ordinarily jump in the car will help to start you down the right track in the early days. Add in a few push-ups and abdominal exercises and you will be well on your way.
When you are ready to introduce more exercises into your workout, things such as exercise bands, push- and pull-up bars, fit balls and dumbbells can all be purchased inexpensively either online or at your local sports store. If your budget is really tight, you can even try getting a little creative and substituting household objects for gym equipment!
So, what do I need to do?
If you choose to work out at home it’s important to remember the five basic elements of a good exercise regime:
An aerobic (cardiovascular) work out
Strength exercises via resistance
Flexibility and stretching movements
With these five elements in place, you can work out pretty much anywhere and get a good routine going. The are plenty of resources available to help you create a home workout plan.
Warm-ups can be a simple walk outside. The cardio portion of your fitness plan could be to speed up your walk or maybe dig out that aerobics DVD that’s been gathering dust on the shelf. Squats and push-ups can form the resistance portion of your routine and you can get the flexibility and stretch into your workout by following some free yoga videos on YouTube. The cool-down is much the same as the warm-up, just a gentle way to bring your heart rate back down to nice, even resting state.
So you see, it is quite possible to start your fitness regime at home and create a workout program that will keep your mind, body, and wallet in great condition.