Healthy on a budget!

Article Mar 19, 2015

No really, it is possible! And we’re here to prove it, says Ellie Moss

Fancy gyms and high-end fitness wear are awesome. Who doesn’t love to browse the fancy pants on the Lucas Hugh website or get their sweat on at Barry’s Bootcamp? 

But splashing the cash is in no way essential for healthy living or a hot bod. Don’t get us wrong we all love saving up for that must-have gym bag or splashing out on a pre-hol delivery diet, but your every day healthy regime needn’t come with a high price tag.

Don’t believe us? This issue we’ve made it our mission to get you the best results, with the minimum spend. And it’s not as hard as you might think! But first you have to get in the right mindset! Get started with our top tips:

Be inventive Sometimes being healthy on a budget means you have to think outside the box. For example, eating lots of veggies is key to a healthy diet – but if you pick frozen over fresh (which are equally as nutritious) you’ll save a packet. And if the cost of a gym is crippling you, take your workouts outside instead. You’ll have to use your imagination a bit, but a park can provide a great workout – you can use steps and benches for jump squats, Bulgarian split squats or tricep dips; do mini sprints up any inclines; use playground equipment to do pull-ups; and let’s face it, you can do burpees anywhere!

Be prepared
One of the essential aspects of getting in shape on a budget is – as the Scouts would no-doubt agree – being prepared. We’re talking making healthy lunches at home rather than buying them; making and carrying your own healthy snacks; always bringing your own water bottle and having a fun fitness schedule so you don’t lose interest and head back to the gym.

Do your research
Half the battle, when trying to keep costs down, is being well informed. So in this special we’re aiming to do just that, giving you all the tips and tricks you need to smash those goals with minimal outlay. But it’s worth doing your own research too. Check out cheap fitness options in your local area like free run clubs; hunt down bargain bulk-buy shops; suss out which friends you can persuade to do park workouts, home workouts and runs with you; and check out healthy food bloggers for some free foodie inspo.

If, then
Having a plan for any unexpected scenarios is also key. For example if rain means my park workout is off then I’ll do an online workout at home instead; or if my friend fancies a meal out after our workout then I’ll invite them round for a healthy meal at mine instead of spending money on an unhealthy night out – that’s a double win! It’s a strategy top psychologist Walter Mischel recommends in his book The Marshmallow Test and it’s a great option for helping you stick to your healthy exercise and nutrition regimes when circumstances change unexpectedly.

Go online
One of the best things about the internet is that it gives you so much access to free information and inspiration. Who needs to splash out on a new cookbook when the internet is awash with healthy food bloggers sharing their amazing recipes? We love naturallysassy.co.uk! And, if paying for a PT is way out of your budget right now, why not sign up to one of the awesome free fitness providers online? Fitnessblender.com and Carly’s Rowena’s YouTube channel have some great options – and they’re completely free! And if you’re looking for food/fitness or just general healthy living inspo, instagram and twitter are packed with fit bods looking to share their top tips – we love Helle Hammonds on Instagram and @LottieLMurphy@TaraStiles and @CatMeffan on Twitter.