So you want to exercise and eat healthy but can’t afford expensive gym memberships or personal trainers?
Regular readers know how important being fit and active both physically and mentally are to me and to positive aging. However, sometimes the budget won’t stretch or you just don’t want to spend the money for your health and fitness.
Today, as part of Wellness Wednesday, I’m sharing my 6 exercise and fitness tools that I use at home. They won’t cost a fortune and they really work (if you are commited to using them!). That is the key isn’t it? Making the commitment to being fit and healthy and no-one else can really do this for you.
Last year, after having our P.T. for 5 years, she decided to take a different career path. Both my husband and I were devastated as we adored Nikki and she really knew how to get the best out of both of us in our sessions. Unfortunately, after Nikki no one compares as a PT and the gym wasn’t that enticing. We had always worked out in the park which was refreshing and a lovely way to train.
I have been exercising for many years so I’m familiar with what is required to keep fit and also I have the self-motivation (most of the time) to keep to a regular health and fitness program.
Caution: If you haven’t exercised for a while check with your doctor first and also perhaps take a couple of classes until you feel comfortable with your technique.
6 inexpensive exercise & fitness tools that really work
These are the 6 exercise & fitness tools that I use at home, they are inexpensive and also don’t take up much room. You can even turn your lounge into a workout area, so no excuses! Some can be purchased at retailers such as K-Mart.
My P.T. was always on my case about using a Roller, however, they can be quite painful to use. I recently injured my back and the Osteopath also suggested using the Roller to loosen muscles. Taking it easy when you first use it, you will find that it really can get the knots out of stressed muscles and I’m actually enjoying using it.
There are so many apps out there now for all types of exercise. My two favourites are, Yoga Studio & My Daily Workouts. Both are free or you can upgrade for more classes if you want to for a small payment.
This is great and I used the free version for quite some time and then upgraded. However, the free version provides several practices in each category of Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced each with various lengths of time – from 10 minutes to 1 hour. I’m never bored and I feel like I’m in a class with the instructor.
My Daily Workout
Again, this has a basic free version which is quite sufficient or you can upgrade for a version where you will have so much variety you will never feel bored.
You can select your workout in 5 minutes, 8 minutes or 10 minutes. Each session has 10 exercises and I usually combine exercises to make up a 30 minute session. For example, Abs, Upper Body Strength and Butt or Legs each at 10 minutes. There is also pilates, stretching and cardio sessions so you can mix up your workouts weekly. Again, there is an instructor showing you what to do.
Fit bit/step counter
You have probably heard about the 10,000 steps daily challenge and this is a great way to make sure you are moving! A basic step counter is really all you need but you can also purchase a more expensive and sophisticated version such as FitBit trackers or similar which has many features to measure your progress, including heart rate, calories burned etc., and some even monitor your sleep patterns! It is amazing how you keep going when wearing a monitor because you keep checking the number of steps you’ve done.
Resistance Exercise Bands or Small Hand Weights
Strength training is so important especially as we age to keep our bones strong and help prevent osteoporosis. You don’t need heavy weights, even a couple of tins of canned food can be used but the emphasis is on taking it slowly and the number of repetitions.
Resistance Exercise Bands are another good tool for strength training, sculpting and strengthing your core. I was given a pack of Michelle Bridges Micro Sculpting Bands as a Christmas gift and it comes with a wall chart with 18 exercises and how to use the bands. The bands, which come in varying resistance, strengthen your legs and core plus can be used for cardio and conditioning workouts.
Invest in a yoga or gym mat to make workouts a little more comfortable. They are also great for just laying down in the ‘Corpse’ Yoga pose and relaxing whilst concentrating on your breathing and clearing your mind.
We are told that we should be eating 5 cups of raw vegetables and 2 pieces of fruit each day to keep healthy. Sometimes that can be difficult to organise, so having a blender is a great way to get the nutrition you need and only takes a few seconds to whizz up each morning.
Okay, over to you to make a start. We only have one body so look after it!
Do you exercise at home? If so, what do you use to keep fit?
You might also like to check out some of the other contributors to Wellness Wednesday.
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Disclaimer: I have not received any payment for the products I have mentioned or have any affilitation. I have purchased them for my personal use and are opinions are my own.