When we think of the term “exercise”, words such as annual gym memberships, personal trainers and heavy equipment may come to mind.
However, working out does not need to be expensive, time consuming or inconvenient. There are many ways in which we can tune into daily fitness without breaking the bank.
4 ways to workout without blowing the budget
1. Exercise videos
There are many free and reasonably priced videos available online for home-based and outdoor workouts.
The Healthy Mummy has the post-pregnancy workout DVD plus a range of exercise plans and videos in every 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, that provide workouts for mums which are quick, easy and require little or no equipment. Think Tabata, DanceFit and Core Workouts.
Always choose videos that are well-demonstrated, easy to follow and can be performed in the space you have to work out at home.
Also, check out The Healthy Mummy’s YouTube channel for some awesome exercise videos.
2. Body resistance training
Working out at home has never been easier. Body resistance exercises require no equipment whatsoever and can be just as challenging as hitting the gym.
Choose floor exercises such as push-ups, bridge exercises and leg lifts to strengthen and tone your tummy, thighs, glutes and core.
Standing routines to exercise your heart and lungs with a home-based cardiovascular workout and overhead activities such as shoulder presses and arm raises, to strengthen and tone the upper arms, back and shoulders.
3. Walking workouts
We all generally walk during our day and increasing the number of steps you take per day and the efficiency of your walk may be more simple than you realise.
Walking is one of the best exercises on the planet as it costs nothing and is readily available to most people. Simply walking for just 10-15 minutes increases cardiovascular function, aids muscle strength in the hips, legs and core and may help to reduce stress.
Simply add in a few walking lunges or a short jog every 10 steps to spice things up by actively creating your own personal lower body and/or cardiovascular workout.
Skipping is an extremely popular exercise among athletes and trainers. In fact, it may well be one of the most efficient and convenient exercises for fat burning.
Studies show that skipping for 30 minutes can burn over 300 calories, compared to cycling and swimming which came in under 150 calories.
The best part is, even if you don’t have a rope, moving your arms in a skipping fashion can still be effective! If you are just starting out with skipping, begin at a level that you are comfortable with and slowly increase your time and endurance over time.
The affordable, realistic and easy-to-follow Mums-only Challenge
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Each month is DIFFERENT on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge with over 100 NEW recipes added each month. EVERY MONTH you receive NEW 28 Days of FAMILY FRIENDLY customisable meal plans, daily exercise plans with videos and daily support. It’s also breastfeeding friendly.
The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge has been able to help thousands of mums lose more than 3 million kilograms (combined).