A Cheap Guide to Your Summer Body

Two Women Exercising With Weights

The official first day of Spring is still fresh is our minds. That means we will soon be replacing coats and thermals with bikinis and crop tops. Getting fit is requires determination and consistency but it definitely does not require a large budget and here’s why.

Skip the Monthly Gym Memberships

The gym membership is nice because it houses everything you need at one location at convenient hours, especially 24 hour gyms. However, social anxiety, inconvenient hours, cost or simply just not wanting to go can be huge deterrents. With an internet connection, a soft floor and optional cans of peas or what have you, you can transform your living room into a gym. YouTube fitness instructors offer sublime advice and instructions with full-length videos that are guaranteed to get your heart racing and blood pumping. My personal favorites are FitnessBlender and BeFit. They offer a consistent stream of professional, full-length videos with a wide range of exercises and instruction. A jog around the neighborhood is also a free option for working out and requires 30 minutes of your time.

Free or Donation-based Yoga Classes

Yoga can honestly be done anywhere. And that point has been repeatedly made with many yoga classes taken place at parks and beaches. You too can take part in these classes with little to no cost. Community yoga classes can take place at local parks, with the recreation department, or even your local church. YogaToday.com is the Netflix of yoga that provides free weekly videos that range from beginner to expert. Furthermore, MeetUp presents many opportunities to engage with like-minded individuals so why not connect with other  yogis or exercisers.

Eating Healthier by Starting Small

Eating healthy is another barrier. With numerous quick fix solutions being peddled on Instagram and healthier food options being more expensive than its counterparts, changing one’s diet can be expensive and difficult. Rather than haul out your kitchen, small changes can do the trick. Portion control, decrease in snacking or switching out one option such as chips for nuts or apple, can offer valuable benefits.

 

 

 

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