As we get closer to the new year, I know more and more of you are thinking about your new years resolution. In fact, over a quarter of the resolutions set involve better health, fitness, or both. Trust me, I have watched many a people in my life set these goals and fail in large part due to finances. Since I don’t want you substituting one bad habit for another (over-spending) I have laid out 7 easy ways to set your health and fitness goals without breaking the bank. Because funny enough, the 3rd most common resolution is to be better with finances. Things that make you go, “Hmmm..?”
Keeping your fitness and budget on track by starting YouTube workouts at home can save you big time when compared to the cost of a gym membership. Especially if fitness is something that is new to you, I think it’s crucial to start small. Plus, starting with some YouTube videos might give you a really good idea of what you like. You can try yoga one day, if it doesn’t jive with you, change the channel. It sure beats being stuck in an hour long yoga class panting in the back of the room. (I swear, that’s never happened to me.) The best part is, you can start with just short, 10 minute videos. A lot of time it takes more time to get to the gym than the actual amount of time you have to fit in a workout. So, save your gas, save your time and save your money. Start with YouTube and build up your fitness before you start shopping for memberships.It sure beats being stuck in an hour long yoga class panting in the back of the room.Click To Tweet
Yoga: Yoga with Adrienne
Tabata: Fitness Blender
Cardio: POPSUGAR Fitness
Muscle Toning: Beachbody-Beachbody can be great when you are getting ready to start working out at the gym. They have a done of great videos to help with form and make sure you are doing things correctly so you don’t hurt yourself.
Creating a home gym doesn’t have to be a full on gym and I also think it should be more than just a treadmill/coat rack. The best part is, especially if fitness isn’t your strong suit (yet) there are so many clutter-free, low cost ways to create a gym at home. Check out my post all about it, and you’ll see how inexpensive and minimalist friendly it can be. Home Gym: 5 Equipment Options for Any Size Home.
Again, if fitness is new to you, start somewhere simple. Make time to talk a walk each day, no excuses. Besides, the benefits of walking outside far outweigh the benefits of doing the same thing but on a treadmill at a gym that costs you $50 a month. Nature is free (well, most of it anyway) and is something we can reap added health and fitness benefits from. I can’t totally get into the science of it all, but new studies are showing the positive benefits of the charge we get when we actually take the time to walk barefoot outdoors. Plus, there is no substitute for good ‘ol fashioned sunshine and fresh air. Bonus points if you hike, bike or jog!
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I know, I know, how annoying, right? Like you haven’t heard this one before. Truthfully, this small step goes way beyond stairs (pun intended!) Personally, I found myself getting antsy writing so many blog posts and spending most of my time sitting in front of a screen. So, I started standing. Yeah, we’ve all heard that standing desks are all the rage and while I certainly wouldn’t want to stand at one all day, taking the time to make that minor change on occasion has really reduced my stress levels and gotten me off my lazy bum more! The good news is there are a ton of ways to make these tiny tweaks in life. Instead of sitting and watching TV, try stretching and watching TV. When you are waiting for something in the microwave, do some jumping jacks in your kitchen. (Yeah, my family totally judges me for that one.) When you walk, walk a little faster. Take the stairs instead of the elevator (see how I slipped that in?) When you have to clean your house, pump the jams and dance your way through it. In fact, I could probably make a YouTube video entirely based around the idea of household clean-dancing.When you are waiting for something in the microwave, do some jumping jacks in your kitchen. Click To Tweet
Knowing what you are going to eat each week can be HUGE when it comes to taking the guess work out of healthy eating. Even better, there are now people who can do the work for you! Erin, is a busy mother of 5 boys and she created a great program called $5 Meal Plan. Now, more customized than ever you can literally select your meals and get the shopping list sent right to you. The best part? She has done all of this with your budget in mind! $5 Meal Plan also comes with a risk free trial with a money back guarantee! You can read all about Erin and the $5 Meal Plan here.
The biggest stressor when it comes to setting goals is setting ones that are too big. If you tell yourself you want to lose 50 pounds, stop eating sugar and only eat pasta once a month this might mean you have to cut back your daily calories by half, get to the gym one hour every day of ever week, go through withdrawals, over-spend on grocery shopping and ultimately wind up quitting because that is just asking too much. Not going to lie, it really is. Take it easy on yourself and set smaller, more tangible goals. If you see them as easily achievable they will be. Then, as those small goals become habit, add on another one! To get you started, I have created a great printout that makes setting goals as easy as a checkmark. It is in my FREE printout library along with other health, life and finance printouts.
If you plan on re-inventing the way you shop, then it’s good to know a few ways to save yourself big money.
Love and Money – Online courses to help couples and family get finances together in order to stay together!
Paperless Home – The paperless home guides you step by step through how to start creating a home where all of your most important information can always be in one place and always at your finger tips!
Simplify + Planner – Abby Lawson from Just a Girl and Her Blog has a great and inexpensive planner to help you get intentionally organized. Starting a blog can be very overwhelming and getting a little organized can go a long way.