Cost-effective ways to get fit this year

February 26, 2020 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

For many, getting fit and generally looking after our physical wellbeing is a resolution for 2020, as we aim to start a new decade with a fresh focus on taking care of ourselves. The benefits of regular exercise are vast and varied – it can do wonders for our mental health as well as our physical condition.

The NHS recommends that the average adult gets at least 150 minutes of moderately intense activity per week, while it also extols the virtues of aiming to be physically active every day. For many people, that means joining a gym, but that type of environment can prove intimidating, especially for those first-timers who might be a little less sure of themselves.

On top of that, gyms can prove expensive, with the average membership costing in the region of £40 per month, while many personal trainers might charge that much just for one session. With that in mind, what are the alternative options available to those who want to get fit but don’t want to spend a fortune?

Running

It may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but running is a simple way to burn plenty of calories, and it doesn’t have to cost you a penny. You don’t need to go out and run a marathon every day, but even just a light jog a couple of times a week on a consistent basis can improve the health of your heart and lungs, increase the strength of your joints and reduce the risk of chronic illness, among many other benefits . All you need is a suitable pair of trainers and some high-vis clothing if you’re going to be running alongside roads in the dark, and you’re good to go.

Build a home gym

If you prefer to do more weight or resistance training rather than cardio exercise, but don’t want to fork out for a gym membership or a PT, you can always create your own workout space at home. You may wish to do so on a tight budget at first, perhaps by cobbling together unwanted equipment from your friends and family. If you subsequently want to upgrade to enhance the effectiveness of your regime, then you may wish to consider the finance solutions available to you.

Walking or cycling

Here in the UK, we’re blessed with easy access to the great outdoors and there are few better ways to explore our stunning surroundings than on foot or by bike. Striking out into the countryside doesn’t have to cost you a thing, and it enables you to get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life and breathe in some much-needed fresh air. By going out for regular rambles or bike rides, you’ll see much more of the country while simultaneously improving your physical and mental wellbeing – all at next to no cost.

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