We’re at the time of year where realization kicks in. In January you signed up for the gym telling yourself that 2017 was the year of a new you, the year where you would hit the gym every other day and get that body you always wanted. But here you are, a fair few months later, and the only thing that has got lighter is your bank balance. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, studies show that about 71% of people overestimate their gym attendance.
Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to give up your dream just because you have spent all of your money. All you need to do is commit to getting fit at home, which will cost a fraction of any gym membership.
You may not have the same equipment at hand, but you can have the same goals:
Look No Further Than Your Body
Lifting your own weight is one of the best ways to get fitter and stronger for absolutely nothing. Yeah, press ups and pull ups and squats and dips and crunches. These are all epic. What is even more epic, though, is using your creative flair to up the ante. Do press ups on a chair or put a dictionary on your back while doing them. Use the tins of soup in your cupboard as little hand weights to tone up a little quicker. Ah, the beauty of bodyweight exercises. The only limit you have is you.
With the rise in tech has come the rise of accessibility, and with that comes a free education. So see what is out there. Look at the reviews on http://www.piyoreviews.com/ and get the yoga/pilates workout plan that suits you and your budget. Search for the best free apps to help you eat better or do crunches better. And use YouTube. Oh please use YouTube. If you find the right person to follow then it can be like having your own personal trainer that comes to your house at a moments notice and doesn’t even charge you for that service.
Buy With Brains
We mentioned it above, the fact that gyms have better equipment than you probably do, but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy some stuff, you just have to be smart about it. First off, why not buy used. Yeah, we’re talking about eBay, Craigslist, car boot sales, that sort of thing. We’re also talking about repurposed equipment from sites like https://www.wayfair.com. These aren’t your only options either. If you really want to get that treadmill then why not tell your old gym to keep you posted about any planned upgrades in the works and to contact you when they are getting rid of their old equipment. It’s usually dirt cheap.
Forget About Fads
Right, as a golden rule to getting fit, if something promises you the chance to get fit quick, with minimal effort and for not a lot of money, well, we’re going to say it is too good to be true. Remember the Shake Weight. Exactly. This is exercise we are talking about. If there is no pain there is no gain, so pause before you fall into any marketing trap, and just like with the technology thing, always read the reviews first.