I’m so happy the weather has been warming up! After a cold winter and a pretty bad start to spring with high pollen counts, I’ve been indoors more than I’d like to be. Now that the temperatures are consistently pleasant, we’re gearing up for some fun outdoor activities and exercises.
How about you? Are you looking to get or stay fit and save money this spring and summer? Here are five ways you can include fitness in your daily routine without having to spend money for a gym membership.
We all like to tackle big goals, but if you really want to make sure you knock them out, you have to start small. Don’t say you’re going to work out five times a week if you only have an extra 20 minutes a day to do that. Instead, buy a kettlebell or some dumbells at the store (or find a deal at a yard sale) and commit to a 10-minute workout right after you wake up in the morning. While that might not seem like much, it can be enough to get you into the habit of working out first thing in the morning and beginning your day on a high note.
Make Fitness Social
Want to increase your chances of getting or staying fit? Make fitness a social or group effort. Go ahead and rally your friends or co-workers around a goal like a monthly challenge. You could do a lunch walk together or prepare for a 5k that’s coming up in your area. Accountability and camaraderie can help keep you on track.
If you can’t find anyone near you to join, go virtual. Check your social media platforms that might have online fitness routines. Seeing the workout post in your news-feed could be a handy reminder or the boost you need. Also, check out apps like Lose It or Daily Burn, they make it easy to find or create a group around a goal.
Minimize Eating Out
Besides exercise, your diet is crucial to getting and staying fit. You don’t have to go a restricted diet, but you do need to make sure you’re not sabotaging your hard work by going overboard with food. Eating out can be a trap for many people as food tends to be more processed and the huge portions served may throw you off your game.
Save some money and get healthy by making more of your meals at home. Meal planning can be a quick and easy way to set a game plan. You can track what you’re spending (and saving) using a handy money tool like Mint. Once you see the money you’re saving, go and automate a transfer into your savings account to really give your accounts a boost.
Incorporate More Movement in Your Day
Those of us with office jobs can quickly fall into the habit of staying seated all day. It’s not good for us mentally or physically. If you need to, make it a habit to get up for five minutes or so every hour. Whether it’s catching up with co-workers, getting a bathroom break, or drinking more water (a huge deal!). When you get home, see if you can spend 15-20 minutes walking – either around your neighborhood, park, or yard. The fresh air will do wonders.
Give Yourself Some Buffer
Fitness is more than exercise. Sometimes the best thing we can do is to clear out some space. Waking up earlier or setting aside some time in the evening to reflect/meditate on both your day and long term plans can help relieve stress and allow you to get the most out of your day. It will take time to reach your fitness goals, but you should treat each day as a step toward your larger plans. Remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a marathon, not a sprint!
Thoughts on Staying Fit
Now that I’ve shared some of my favorite ideas, I’d love to hear from you – what are some of your best tips for staying fit?