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Four Ways to Get Healthy on a Budget

Posted by Ramona Braganza

May 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM

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It may seem that being in the best shape of your life requires having money to hire a personal trainer or a personal chef – but this simply is not true.  Even my A-List clients, like Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, and Anne Hathaway do not wish to spend big bucks on getting healthy. Many celebs, just like you and me, are on the go, have to take care of their families, and want to be hands on with meal preparation and working out.

I promise you that you do not need to have a lot of money, or be a celebrity, to get into the best shape of your life. Let me explain how you can get into a healthy shape on a low budget.

Tips for Getting Healthy on a Budget

1. Bargain Shop

You may not want to pay a monthly gym fee, get locked into a contract, and go through the hassle that comes with joining a gym. Why not try to create your own gym at home? Now, this does not have to be a pricey project. Instead of purchasing brand new equipment look for deals online. Many classified websites, like Craigslist, will give you the opportunity to purchase bargain equipment like dumbbells, exercise balls, resistance bands, and even cardio and weight lifting equipment. You will definitely save money purchasing used exercise equipment vs. purchasing brand new equipment. 

Maybe you do not want to create your own home gym? That’s no problem either. Use your surroundings. Opt for using canned foods, milk jugs, and water bottles as weights to burn fat and tone your body.

2. Make Housework a Workout

You may not know it, but doing housework can be quite the workout. Chores like mowing the lawn in the summer, shoveling the snow in the winter, vacuuming, washing windows, dusting, and sweeping all burn calories and can provide an excellent cardiovascular workout. Just by cleaning the floors in your house, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping, can burn up to 100 calories in twenty minutes. Make these activities enjoyable by throwing some high energy music on! That should surely get you moving.

3. Walk This Way

Walking is absolutely free and is an activity that you can do almost anywhere. When it's warmer, get outside! Move briskly and breathe in the fresh air. When the temperature drops, walk indoors at a local mall or community recreation center. See an opportunity to walk up a hill or flight of stairs? Do it! You will instantly turn your walk, into an interval training workout. An affordable piece of equipment to invest in if you plan on walking a lot is an Omron pedometer. It will help you calculate how many steps you take and how many calories you've burnt. 

4. Media

Invest in a workout videos. There are many workout videos that allow you to get in shape, right from home. My 321 Training Workouts are available on DVD and highlight the workouts I practice with my celebrity clients while at location shoots. The best part about working out at home is that you can work out on your time and in your own space.

Final Thoughts

Remember, getting fit and healthy does not have to be expensive. You can get healthy on any budget. It’s also important to remember that getting healthy now, may result in less health costs in the future. 

Topics: Fitness, Weight Loss

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