It’s spring! Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and for those of us who have taken a winter sabbatical, its time to get back in shape. Unfortunately, with times being what they are, most of us have a strict budget to follow with no room for that monthly gym membership or health programme. Although it may sound like sombre news, it’s not. Now you get to enjoy more of the lovely outdoors.
1. Make use of all things free
If there is a safe stretch of road or a park in your area, you are sorted. Go for a run, a walk or even a sprint. Not only is it free but you also get to enjoy the best of spring and summer. If you get home too late or have safety concerns, try the following:
- Work out at home – push ups, sit-ups, lunges…you know the drill. All of these can be done in the safety of your own bedroom, lounge or garden. Be resourceful and use tins as weights, a chair for arm dips and a low hanging (sturdy) branch for pull-ups.
- Google inspiration – the internet gives you access to hundreds of thousands of free yoga, aerobics, kickboxing etc. videos. Download and get some professional help in the comfort of your own home.
- Clean – cleaning not only leaves your house spotless, it also burns heaps of calories. And with it being spring and all, spring-cleaning to your favourite music will help you burn even more calories.
2. Make your own
Getting in shape is not only about exercising but also about eating healthily. It can be tempting to shop for low-calorie smoothies, juices, meals and shakes ready-made. It’s convenient, saves time and takes out the guesswork. Unfortunately, it is this type of shopping that has given healthy food its “expensive” label. If you shop cleverly, and plan ahead, you can make your own healthy meals, smoothies etc. at home well within your grocery budget.
3. Drink more H2O – but don’t pay for it!
A clever way to cut back on calories (and costs) is to substitute all your beverages during the day with water, green tea, rooibos or other herbal teas. Always pack your full water bottle in when you leave the house so you don’t have to waste money on bottled water, and if there is no rooibos at work, pack your own.
4. Buy second-hand equipment
If you are serious about getting in shape, and need specific equipment to help you along, then shop second-hand. The internet is bursting with people in your area who are trying to get rid of a treadmill, bike or boxing bag that’s only gathering dust in their garages. So, shop around and save money. If you need fitness DVDs, yoga manuals or even a smoothie or juice maker, these websites will sort you out too.
If your debt has you so consumed and depressed that you can hardly muster the strength to go to work, let alone partake in the new lease of life spring brings, contact Debt Rescue. Our debt counsellors want to help you on your journey to financial recovery.