Smart Advice For Keeping Fit On A Budget

Life is hard and incredibly costly. They do say that nothing in life comes for free! Sometimes, you wish it would, especially when your wage just won’t last until the end of the month. Money problems are not a new thing because everyone goes through that particular period of their life, maybe even more than once. What is new is trying to maintain your lifestyle while your pockets are bleeding cash. The obvious question is why do you not cut back? Unfortunately, you cannot cut back on your health and fitness. What you can do, however, is keep fit while tightening the purse strings.

Use The Great Outdoors

Gyms are the ‘in thing’. The majority of people love to spend cash monthly, on a gym subscription to go for a run or have half an hour on the bikes. Well, you can do all that without paying. You might prefer the gym, but you don’t get the choice if you are struggling for cash. So, remember you can always go for a run in the great outdoors. In fact, you can perform any cardio related exercise outside. It is basic, but more importantly it is free!

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Do It At Home

And for all the remaining exercise, you can always workout at home. Take the weights as an example. Buy a few basic weights that range in size and clear out your front room for the afternoon. You can perform your exercise routine as easily at home as you can in the gym. Better yet, it is cheaper, and you get a lot more privacy.

Negotiate A Deal

Okay, maybe working out at home or on the road isn’t your thing. It is important to remember that working out is about your personal preference. What makes you happy and the experience enjoyable is vital because it promotes exercise on a regular basis. Your best bet is to go to your local gym and ask them what they can do price wise. A lot of gyms have payment plans and cheaper options than the full twelve-month subscription. Remember that you hold all the cards. Gyms would rather give you a discount for a prolonged period than not have your customer at all.

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Discount Card

A prescription discount card is a great tip. If you can get hold of one, they can save you a fortune on prescription drugs because they have huge discounts. The benefits are there for all to see. For starters, if you get ill you can buy the relevant drugs that will help you recover quicker. The quicker you get back to full fitness, the better your health. Secondly, you can buy prescription supplements that help make the body more efficient. Cod liver oil tablets and vitamin tablets are worth their weight in gold when it comes to your health and fitness. They are especially important if you don’t get enough from your diet.

Continuing to exercise is vital, regardless of your situation. You should never compromise your health because of money issues because it is so easy to overcome. Plus, when you exercise it improves your mental health and that is always nice when you feel down.

Proper warm ups before exercising

Without exercise your muscles will become weak and flabby, internal organs like heart and lungs will not function efficiently, additionally bones and joints will become stiff and can easily be prone to injury. To feel better and to keep our body physically fit and in shape routine exercising is essential.


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A regular work out improves stamina, enhances good posture and flexibility, strengthens and tones muscles, ligaments and bones. Working out can burn off more calories to lose weight or to control weight. Most importantly, it can improve the quality of life as exercising lifts the mood, thus reduces stress and helps you sleep better.


Warming up and stretching before exercising is a must to make your training feel easier and effective. Warm ups can prevent injury and help prevent fatigue before you even begin. Warm up exercises will allow muscles, joints and the whole body to prepare for the next steps of the work out.


Be at home or at the gym, warm up routine should take at least 6 minutes or longer depending on the type of training to perform.


Here are recommended simple warm ups to optimize exercising.


3 minutes marching

Begin marching in place  and then march forwards and backwards repeatedly for at least 3 minutes or longer. Keep your elbows bent and pump your arms up and down in rhythm with your steps.


Knee lifts

Stand tall then bring up alternate knees to touch the opposite hand. Do this for 30 seconds or equivalent to 30 knee lifts. When doing knee lifts have the supporting leg a slight bend while keep your abs tight and back straight


Knee bends

Stand with with your feet shoulder-width apart and your hands stretched out. Bend your knees to squat down. Lower yourself about 10cm then rise slowly to a standing position. Bend knees alternately up to 10 repetitions.


Shoulder rolls

Roll or move your shoulders in a circular motion forwards and backwards five times each with your arms hang loose by your sides. Make bigger circles each time.


Neck tilts

Neck tilts can be done either sitting or standing. Lightly tilt your head to your right shoulder and hold on for five seconds before returning to the center position. Wait for another five seconds before gently lowering your head to your left shoulder. Repeat the procedure for 10 to 15 times.


Upper body rotation

Prepare your upper body before starting your routine work out by simply standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, lift arms to the sides like resembling a letter T. Rotate your upper body slowly from left to right for 10-15 times. To reduce back stress, lightly lower your knees when doing this warm up.


Arm Swings

Lift your arms slowly above your head then begin moving them forward, downward and backward strokes. Make 10 arm swings.


Toe touches

It does not matter even if you cannot reach your toes as this stretching is intended to warm up your muscles. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Gradually lower your upper body forward until you feel the stretch of your hamstrings (backside of the knees), neck and back.  To reduce back strain, slightly bend your knees and hold this stretch for as long as comfortable.


Important Reminder: Before starting on any workout or training see to it that you are medically fit for the program. It is advised to consult your doctor first especially if you are having any health condition. Bear in mind that though exercise is good for the body, not all types of exercises can be applicable to everyone.