Trying to rein in the spending? No problem! Fortunately, you don’t need a gym membership or a personal trainer to keep yourself fit. As the weather gets better, getting outside in the fresh air and getting your heart rate up regularly can be enough.
Here are some exercises you can do if you’re trying to pinch the pennies.
It’s a pretty obvious one but some people underestimate the benefits of getting outside and walking. Walking just 30 minutes a day will increase your cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness, strengthen your bones, reduce your body fat and boost your endurance. It’s also low impact so it will not injure you if you are carrying extra weight or if you have issues with your joints. So, try going out for a brisk 30 minute walk every day to reap the benefits.
Running is an incredibly effective way to increase overall health. It is proven that running prevents disease, and for women, running can help lower your risk of cancer, strokes, and early stages of diabetes. As well as significantly improving cardiovascular health, running will reduce your blood pressure, your body fat and stress levels. If you are an absolute beginner, we would recommend downloading the free NHS Couch to 5k app to help you get up and going. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week/
You don’t even need to step outdoors to do body weight exercises if you don’t want to. Burpees, squats, push-ups and sit-ups can be done in the comfort of your own home (or in your own garden) if you’re self-conscious.
Type “workout’ into YouTube and you will find a whole world of workout routines that you can follow from the comfort of your own home. You can find anything; from yoga and pilates to high intensity interval training and bodyweight training.