A lot of the challenges that I hear people dealing with, when it comes to having a fit and healthy lifestyle and hitting fitness goals is money. They are right, fitness can be very expensive. Gym memberships, personal trainers, classes can become a huge hole in the wallet. But I have great news for you: you can make it work! Here are the answers to all of your questions:
Where Can I Train?
Not everyone can afford to pay for a gym or a studio membership. If you can’t afford it, you don’t have to. There are plenty of options for you to try.
Introductory memberships – a lot of gyms have an option for an introductory month for free. You can also try different free or discounted classes. Maybe you will even see that you like something and benefit from it enough and decide to invest in it and cut a little on other life aspects.
Family memberships – a lot of gyms, studios, fitness clubs and private trainers have some sort of discount program for families or groups, so you can lower the costs for your membership.
MOVING IS FREE! There are a lot of places where you can move your body FOR FREE. Public parks, beaches and seafronts, you can walk or jog in random streets of your city or work out at home. As long as it is safe to do the activity of your choice there and you’re not violating any law (not that I know of a law that prohibits to run or do a workout in a public place) you can do it.
How Should I Train?
A personal trainer is an investment that not everyone is ready or able to make. If you can’t afford hiring a personal trainer for 3-4 times a week, these ideas may be useful for you:
Of course it is not quite the same, but you can hire a personal trainer for 1-2 times a week (or even a month!) and ask for “homework” for the workouts you will do by yourself the rest of the week/month. This is the best way to enjoy both of the worlds – having a personal trainer to guide you and adjust your workouts, track your progress and help you meet your goals, and yet paying a lot less than you would pay for 3-4 sessions a week.
Hiring a personal trainer to build you a personalised program that you can work on your own with the equipment you have. This way you pay only for a few sessions once 8-12 weeks, get a program that is suitable for you and helps you meet your goals, learn the correct technique so you don’t get injured and get the best out of it, and once in a while your program is updated so you keep improving.
Join a group session. It may be less focused on you and your personal improvement, but you still get a quite supervised workout session and a group of people to motivate you. You might even make new friends which is always great!
Use Youtube – this option is completely free, you can find a lot of different workouts and guides such as dance, yoga, HIIT workouts and more. It is a great free resource that you can use. The only thing to remember is that this way you are fully responsible for yourself as the instructor can’t see if your form is correct and if this activity is suitable for you. You will need to listen to your body, consult a physician if needed and don’t push you limits too far.
Invest in the equipment of your choice and train with it at home/outside. Please make sure you know how to execute this equipment properly. You can hire a personal trainer to teach you and build a training programme for you, so you will safely continue by yourself.
What Equipment Can I Buy?
Equipment doesn’t have to be expensive. You can invest a couple of hundreds in a set of suspension training or you can buy a set of resistance bands just for a few pounds. You can train only bodyweight without any equipment at all or use whatever you can find at home (chairs, bottles and yes, I sometimes even use a steam iron as weight). You decide what is more convenient and suitable for you. Just make sure IT IS SAFE to use.
But Even Workout Clothing Is Expensive!! What should I do?
Having cute and colourful workout gear can be very motivating and fun, but also expensive. You can search online or at your local stores for affordable and yet cute workout clothes, buy second hand (a lot of people buy new workout gear and end up not using it, you can find some great stuff on ebay) or you can just use whatever is in hand. I first started working out in a very old and ugly T-shirt and some old trainers I had lying at the back of my closet. As long as it is comfortable to move in, you can make it work
See? You don’t have to pay a lot of money to be fit and active, you just need to move! You might consider investing in some aspects we discussed (a membership, personal training sessions or equipment) if it helps you stay motivated and see more results. Remember, it will be a small investment when compared to all of the health problems you didn’t end up having, because you chose to be healthy and active!
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