Healthy Living That Costs Less? (Exercise)

Believe me, it is possible to have a healthier lifestyle and spend less at the same time! In the current financial climate many of us will need to tighten our belts and see expensive health-kicks as a thing of the past. Here are some easy tips to reduce out goings and increase your well-being at the same time!

Drop the gym – get out and about!

Got a hugely expensive gym membership you don’t use and can’t really afford? Find running on a treadmill or spin class mind-numbing? Maybe the gym is not for you.   Although we’d all love it if our monthly gym direct debit did the work for us, having a membership alone is not going to shed the pounds or keep us healthy!  So how about planning some exercise we can really enjoy?

Although high impact exercise can show good results relatively quickly, many people find that after the initial euphoria, turning up to the gym can become a chore. Luckily sustained moderate exercise that becomes a habit will provide just as many, if not more, health benefits as going for the burn once in a while. And the best news? It can all be had for free!

Here are some ideas that might tempt you:

  • Try getting off the tube, bus or train a stop or two early and walking the last part of your journey. Equally, if you drive, find a parking spot a mile away and do the last 15-20 minutes on foot. Around half an hour of walking once a day will help you to burn an extra 112kcal.
  • Plan outings at weekends or in the evening. The late summer / autumn is a great time to get out an about in the countryside. Try reading up on wild berries and picking some blackberries or damsons for an extra free healthy pudding.  Obviously you should never consider trying any berry you don’t already know – that way madness and A&E lies, so be sensible!
  • Get together with friends, colleagues or family for a game of rounders or football. Warm up and down well to avoid injury and try to keep it friendly!

These are just a few ideas to help you on your way, remember any extra exercise you can get, be it taking the stairs instead of the lift or going for a brief stroll at lunchtime will help.

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