We all want to live happier and healthier lives: that’s a no-brainer.
However, the time and financial commitments related to embracing a fitter lifestyle can be overwhelming and downright frustrating. Not everyone can afford to have their lives revolve around the gym; likewise, splashing cash on a gym membership simply isn’t a reality for those of us on a shoestring budget.
Thankfully, embracing a fitter lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean blowing out your budget or spending a ton of time in the gym. In fact, some of the most significant changes you can make for the benefit of your health happen during your free time at home.
You’re probably sick of hearing the term “lifestyle change;” however, what you do at home quite literally shapes your fitness journey for the long-term.
The following changes can be made by just about anything regardless of your fitness or financial situation. Whether you want to dive in all at once or take them one step at a time, these small changes will help trim your waistline and lead you toward a happier and healthier life.
“Healthy living doesn’t always involve
splurging on equipment, nor does
it mean spending all of your
time working out.”
Begin with Bedroom Workouts
Despite popular belief, there’s so much that can be done in the comfort of your own home when it comes to working out. Between bodyweight routines and push-ups alone, you can work up a sweat with absolutely no equipment and minimal space. When you commit to a home routine, simply keep the following in mind:
*Give yourself some room: make sure that you’re aware of your surroundings and obviously try
not to bump into anything with sharp edges
*You can incorporate your furniture into the mix: if you have sturdy pieces of bedroom furniture,
for example, you can use them as leverage for push-ups and dips (but again, but careful)
*Rugs and mats are beneficial to take pressure off of your wrists if you’re doing push-ups; likewise,
they provide some cushioning in case you take a dive.
Start with Small Fitness Investments
Rather than splurge on a gym membership, consider how you can purchase smaller pieces of workout equipment over time for a fraction of the price. For example, dumbbells, yoga mats, medicine balls and kettlebells can all be purchased for under $20 a piece. Similarly, you can get a full-body workout from home by installing a removable pull-up bar in your doorway.
“Whether you want to dive in all at once
or take them one step at a time,
these small changes will help trim your
waistline and lead you toward a
happier and healthier life.”
Make It a Point to Eat In
Although you may not like to hear it, eating out not only puts a dent in your wallet but often means high-calorie meals which ruin your diet. While there’s nothing wrong with going out, strive to only eat out three times a week or less; likewise, don’t consider your outings as “cheat meals.” Instead, make it a goal to either order something lighter or bring half of your food home.
On a similar note, make it a point to prioritize meal prep for work so you’re less tempted to chow down on your lunch break. Prepping healthy bulk meals on Sundays and eating them throughout the week is a win-win for both staying fit and saving money. As far as a grocery shopping goes, keep any sugary temptations out of the house to potentially avoid binge-eating.
“What you do at home
quite literally shapes your
fitness journey for the
Healthy living doesn’t always involve splurging on equipment, nor does it mean spending all of your time working out. Instead, make small changes at home in pursuit of big changes over time.
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