Get fit on a budget
Want to get fit without breaking the bank this summer? Try our top tips and get beach-ready on a budget
Don’t commit to overpriced gyms unless you can really afford it. There are plenty of other options out there. Why not take advantage of a free gym pass or grab a mate and use their guest pass? That way you can decide which sort of gym regime is right for you without throwing a whole load of money down the drain! Swap loyalty points for gym passes – Nectar Swim lets you exchange your Nectar points for a pass to a local pool (nectar.com/spend/nectar-swim.points) – or try a five-day free pass from LA Fitness.
Don’t be pressured into forking out on the latest patterned running leggings. The high street has plenty of reasonably priced gym wear. Names such as H&M and Primark have cottoned on to the fitness-wear frenzy and launched their own lines of gym wear – time to hit the shops.
There’s loads of great apps that track and monitor your fitness levels without the pressure and expense of a personal trainer. MyFitnessPal is a free and easy-to-use calorie counter app, which helps you lose weight in a healthy way. You can log most meals in under a minute by searching MyFitnessPal’s extensive database of brand- name foods.
Exercise at home
Don’t use a rainy day as an excuse to sit on the couch. Exercises from running up and down the stairs, to squats, press-ups and star jumps, mean you won’t have to put a foot outside the front door. You can find plenty of tips and routines on the NHS website (nhs.uk).
Get on your feet at work
The Get Britain Standing campaign was launched in connection with the British Heart Foundation to get people on their feet at work. Simple things such as standing during phone calls and having standing meetings can break up your working day and get you up and moving for free. See getbritainstanding.org for more ideas.
Tips courtesy of Share Radio’s Consumer Champion and presenter of the Consuming Issues Show, Georgie Frost.