Fitness on a Budget
Is your 2018 goal to lose weight/get fit/be healthier? Well, you’re in luck! Bee Money Savvy is actually run by a qualified Personal Trainer! So I’ve decided to combine my knowledge of get-fit-quick strategies with my money savvyness to provide you with this guide to budget fitness.
If you’re interested in a personal trainer you can contact my via email for more info – I’m always happy to help! But for now here are my top fitness on a budget tips:
Water: The ultimate FREE detox
You’ve probably heard of various juice & tea detoxes, forget about them! The quickest, cheapest & most effective way to ‘detox’ your body is to drink water! Fizzy drinks, are only expanding your waistline, rotting your teeth & making you crave more sugar. They’re also expensive!
Switching to water is much cheaper (even free if you get it from the tap), much better for you & can even suppress your appetite. It’s recommended that you drink 8 to 10 glasses (around 2 litres) per day! Find water a bit boring? Try adding some chopped up fruit to give it a bit of flavour.
Forget the gym: Go equipment-free
Adriene’s 30 days of Yoga challenge on Youtube.
Buzzfeed’s 9 Quick Total-Body Workouts.
Ryan Bailey’s Gym-Free Workouts for Men’s Health.
Doing these at home rather than in a gym means no expensive gym membership, you can wear what you want & it’s easier to fit into a busy life! You could always invest in some cheap home gym equipment to spruce up your workouts too! Why not save money by buying second-hand equipment? eBay have a designated fitness equipment section full of second hand home-gym equipment.
Walking is underrated
Fitness newbie? Walking is the most underrated way to lose weight, get fit & improve your overall health!
Counting steps is good way to keep motivated. And why not earn rewards for your steps? There are various apps that reward you for the number of steps you take with points (you can exchange these points for exclusive offers & freebies). Check out my Getting Paid to Walk article for more ways to earn money from walking!
Find ways that you can incorporate walking into your daily routine, walk to work (if it’s too far to walk, can you cycle?), walk to the shops, take your parents/kids for an evening walk before you settle down, see if there’s a Walking For Health scheme near you.
Getting bored during your walk? Listen to audiobooks, podcasts or music!
Outdoor Running: A treadmill with a better view
Running newbie? The Couch to 5k app is a good place to start! It’s all about steady progression and good habits! It was created by the NHS, so you’re in safe hands. Running won’t just get you fit, you will lose weight too.
Got your 5k down? Park Runs are free 5k races organised in literally hundreds of parks across the UK on Saturday mornings. All ages and fitness levels take part. From Jessica Ennis-Hill to my Nan!
Food… Where to start?
Firstly, do you know what you’re currently eating?
You’ll need to keep a log of this so that you can figure out your good & bad habits – start by downloading my Food Diary & logging everything you eat for a week. You have to be honest with yourself for this process to work!
Now, do you know what you should be eating?
Look over your food diary, is there anything in there that you know you shouldn’t be eating? If so, what could you replace it with that might be a little healthier? See Buzzfeed’s cheat sheet of simple swaps to improve your diet.
Eating for a Specific Goal?
1 pound of fat contains about 3500 calories, so if for example, your goal is to lose weight and you reduce your calorie intake by 500kcal a week you should (in theory) lose around 1 pound a week. While there are other variables to take into consideration (such as daily energy output/digestive health/etc.) this is a pretty simple way of planning exactly how much of a difference diet/calorie-wise you need to make. However, I don’t recommend the average person planning their life around calories… what I would suggest is finding healthier options to swap into your usual diet; think fruit instead of biscuits, water instead of fizzy sodas & veggies instead of chips.
What’s the deal with Protein?
It’s not for everyone, but if you’re hitting the gym regularly and wanting to gain mass muscle then it might be for you. Most official nutrition organisations recommend 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight… also note that your body can only digest a max of around 25-35kg at a time – anything above that is just providing you with expensive pee! Honestly, the best way to get your daily protein is by eating by incorporating healthy, high protein meals into your diet (fish, chicken, eggs, beans, tofu, etc.). Eggs and beans are the cheapest protein source but if you want your meat fix then you’re best buying these in bulk.
If you’re still wanting to give powdered protein a go my personal favourite is MyProtein, they have tonnes of flavours, personalised bundles & regular promotional offers! Like 30% off your first order over £35!
Does healthy food cost more?
It depends on what you’re looking at. Last week I picked up some Green Tea, Nuts, Protein Bars, & Mango and Passionfruit Juice all completely free – all healthy food right? See my ‘how to get free food‘ for this one. You will find that unhealthy food freebies are easier to come by, but you have to resist the temptation and keep searching for the healthy stuff.
Another way to cut the cost is by shopping online with a cashback site! These are my favourite money-saving tools – you purchase as usual and get a % of your money back! See my Cashback Guide for a step by step walkthrough of the best cashback sites.
I’d also check out WebMD’s healthy grocery list recommendations for what you should be buying from the supermarket.
Keeping Motivated: Record your progress
This one is super important! Record your starting point right now. If you’re trying to lose weight – record your weight. If you’re trying to improve your health – record your heart rate/blood pressure/etc (you can get your GP to help with this). If you’re striving for a specific goal – record how far away you are from that goal right now.
Imagine looking back in a years time when you’ve reached your goal & being able to see all the progress you’ve made!