Home PageMoney and Wealth 1015 Practical Ways to Stay Fit while Keeping your Money in your Pocket

fitnessHave you ever got tired of constantly wishing to go the gym but you just can’t? This is probably due to lack of time or lack of money. Gym membership, fitness clubs, personal trainers and fitness gear involve some serious amount of money. But hey, achieving a fit body and healthy lifestyle should not depend on how much cash you can spend for first class training. You can actually have the same results as going to the gym with some simple tasks, a little resourcefulness, and lots of determination. Read on…

Walk or Bike to work
There have been numerous studies proving the health benefits of walking and biking, and they’re great. These two already act as good forms of exercise, so you get to have the health benefits while not spending on transportation. Plus, you also help the environment by spending less on gas. An article in Health.com even reported that some companies in America even give compensation for their employees who bike to work, and that in 2009, the Energy Improvement and Extension Act made it legal for cycling commuters to apply for a $20 per month reimbursement. Imagine having this act for all countries and we’d have one world full of fit and happy employees!

Look for free “gym equipment”
Those huge, bulky weight-lifting contraptions would cost you a great deal of money, and if you’re not really planning to put up a gym in your home, you’re better off being resourceful. Now there are already a number of affordable home fitness equipment that won’t take up much of your home space. But the better deal would be to look for free “equipment”. You might want to visit the playground near you for some pull-up bars or dips bars. With some scrap materials, you can even make your customized bars and weights.

Join a fund-raising team
Health.com also recommends joining fund-raising teams, especially those sponsored by non-profit organizations. Entry fees and transportation can be a bit pricey, but these are compensated by the good cause you’re participating in. Also, you get to explore new places, meet new people, and strengthen your love for humanity while helping yourself stay fit and healthy. It’s maybe time to sign up for your first triathlon now!

Invest on a really good pair of walking or running shoes
A good pair of walking or running shoes is way cheaper than gym equipment. And it’s easier, and at times more convenient, to schedule some walking or running instead of going to the gym. What’s more, you can have some nature bonding in your local area. Imagine doing your cardio on a bright weekend morning as you trek up a hill or run along the beach.

Download a free training app
Have a virtual personal trainer with the many phone apps designed to help you achieve fitness and healthy lifestyle. There are a lot of apps that are free like MyFitnessPal and GainFitness that offer customized workout plans, calorie counting, progress checks and whatnot. There are even apps that let you connect through social networking for you to connect with other app users and share tips and motivation.

Plan and prepare your healthy meals
This can be hard to do when you are an extremely busy person. But if you try to list down all the food and drinks you buy in a day, you might realize you are spending so much on items that may be doing your health more harm than the quick satisfaction you get from them. Try preparing your own healthy and cheap sandwiches and salads. You can also make your own granola bars to give you the energy you need instead of having caffeine from your daily Starbucks coffee.

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