Putting Away the Wallet to Stay Fit and Well
There is a common misconception that you have to spend money to get fit
There is a common misconception that to stay healthy, you have to spend money. It’s simply not true, although there’s little wonder to why people think it; those who tend to get healthier quicker and show off their results tend to have a bit of cash behind them. They’re able to invest in personal trainers, a good diet, a membership at the gym and have the time off work to be able to do all of these things – unlike the Average Joe.
Because of an influx of social media posts from celebrities on platforms like Twitter and Instagram, it can feel like we are constantly pushed in our faces just how easy it is for them to be able to achieve these results. We only have to open the app on our phone and scroll for a few seconds to be able to take in what’s happening to someone that – let’s face it – we don’t even know. It’s not realistic, and definitely not a reflection of what we can utilize around us.Instead of taking out your wallet, you can utilize what's around you to get into shape.Click To Tweet
Working out doesn’t have to cost you a penny. There are things that you can utilize around your home, and you only have to step outdoors to be able to have a playground big enough for you to run about in. Running is a great (and free!) source of cardio that will get your heart pumping and your endorphins raging around your body. You will only need to invest in the shoes, but a pair of old sneakers will do you just fine until you can afford something better. It may be that you don’t take that much of a liking to it anyway, so aren’t willing to invest in something that you can’t be bothered to put the time into. But fear not! There are many other exercises that you can do. If you have a lake nearby, swim in that (in fair weather) to avoid pool fees, do sit ups and push ups in your home or garden and you can use absolutely anything as weights as long as it fits the desired kilos that you are willing to lift. You can incorporate different exercises into your daily routine just by doing simple things like taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator, walking to your destination – or if you can’t walk, getting off a stop early/parking your car further away from where you need to be – and spending more time outside doing things than sitting inside watching television or catching up with friends on Facebook. Even free apps like Pokémon Go can get you out and moving.
Fruits and vegetables aren’t expensive if you know where to get them – and they especially aren’t expensive if you are growing them yourself. There are so many different and varied ideas on how to save money: top 100+ money saving tips & ideas can be found online relating to keeping fit and healthy, and especially so for your diet and how you can save money on sourcing foods from different places. Choosing cheaper cuts of meat can be a great way to save money, and in some cases can be just as, if not more, of a tastier option. Choosing diets that are requiring you to purchase certain food groups or products will always mean extra expense; you just have to scout around to find the diets that will work for you that don’t necessarily require investment into a particular brand.
Keeping yourself physically and mentally well can require the help of a professional sometimes, but a lot of the time we just need to make use of what is around us. This can usually be found in family and friends. If you aren’t making the time for them, or vice versa, this can have a massive effect on how you are feeling. Keep the people close to you that matter, and ensure that you are checking in with them regularly – just as you would hope that they would with you. It doesn’t cost money to catch up for a quick walk with them or invite them over for a chat.There are so many things that you can do for little or no money, and you shouldn’t be using finance as a objective to doing so. As the old adage goes, the best things in life are free; we just sometimes need to take a step back to realize what the best things are, know where to find them, and think about how we can use them to benefit us and our health.