Let’s face it, fitness and healthy living is trending right now and it comes at a high price.
I distinctly remember when I decided I wanted to start working out and get in shape. I wanted to get a trainer but honestly I couldn’t afford it. Hiring a good trainer costs about $200 a month. Workout programs online were at least $50 and as much as I wanted to, I just couldn’t make that type of investment at the time.
Not to mention changing my diet included buying foods that were more expensive because eating healthy tends to cost more money. Funny how that works.
So I decided to figure things out on my own. I know it took longer than it would have if I had some direction but I don’t regret any of the time that I put into learning how to get fit on a budget. A healthy and fit lifestyle should be available to anyone who wants it.
And even though I still have a lot of learning to do, because it never really ends, I want to share with you everything I’ve learned so far about getting fit and reaching your body goals on a budget.
5 Ways to Save Money Reaching Your Body Goals
Cook Your Own Meals
I’ve spent so much money on trying to eat healthy and go out at the same time. And it usually happened because of a lack of planning. I would go to work and then go out to eat for lunch. And then after work I would go out and spend even more money eating out for dinner.
I would’ve saved so much money if I just took the time to cook my own meals. Look at it this way, if you could spend $15 on one meal for yourself or spend $15 on 5 meals, which one would you rather choose?
It may feel like it’s more expensive to buy your food in bulk at the grocery store since you’d spend $50 or more on food. But you’d actually be saving more money in the long run.
The same $5 that you spent on a fast food meal you could spend on rice or vegetables for 5 meals, or meat for 3 meals. I spend $5 on a large canister of Quaker oats that lasts me weeks. And now, I only go out to eat once every couple of weeks.
Keep an Inventory of Your Kitchen
It’s so much easier to stick to a budget when you already know what you need when you go food shopping.
Check your cabinets and your fridge. Make a grocery list of the food that you need to buy and actually stick what’s on the list. No more, no less. This will keep you from buying any unnecessary food and snacks, and getting to the checkout line wondering why the price is so high.
I like to keep a grocery list on the notes app on my phone. I use the checklist option because I tend to buy similar foods all of the time. That way, I can check off what I have at home already and uncheck the things that I’ve run out of. When I get to the grocery store I check off items as I add them to my cart. It’s great because I’m able to always have the list on me and can update it as necessary.
Shopping Tip: Only go down isles that have what you need. Try not to start at one end of the store and go down every isle. It’s one of the best ways to avoid necessary temptation.
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Plan Your Meals in Advance
This is something I’ve been doing since day 1. Go ahead and plan your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to meal prep them. Just plan them so that you know how much you’ll be spending on food.
It keeps you from having to make multiple trips to the grocery store and not knowing what you’re going to eat for dinner every couple of days. If you go grocery shopping once a week, plan your meals for the week BEFORE you go. This includes your snacks as well.
You can plan several meals that use similar ingredients, so that you’ll have some variety but will save money on things like buying different types of protein or carbs.
For instance you could make spaghetti for a couple of meals and burgers for another. Or you can stick to two different breakfast options for the week. You could switch between scrambled eggs and banana chocolate chip oatmeal muffins or cinnamon apple oatmeal for example.
Stick to At Home Workouts
I used to believe that in order to see the best fitness results I needed to be in a gym and have a gym membership. Over time I’ve realized that’s not the case.
I’ve actually been doing more workouts at home than I have at the gym because it’s not about where you workout it’s about how you workout. You can achieve the same results at home that you can at the gym. Sometimes even better.
You can start with just body weight exercises and see really good results.
I will say though that eventually you’ll need to add some type of resistance to really grow your muscles. This can be resistance bands, dumbbells, kettlebells, a barbell, it’s your choice.
Slowly build up your inventory as you can afford it. Either way it’ll still be cheaper than paying monthly for a gym membership. Especially one that you may not go to consistently.
Create Your Own Workout Routines
This is for all you self motivated females out there. Creating a workout routine that sees results can be difficult but not impossible.
Do your research on what exercises are best for what muscles and how to do them properly. Learn about different styles of training. Learn about sets, reps, circuits, how muscles grow, etc. Most importantly figure out what works best for you.
Don’t just follow what everyone else is doing. Even your favorite fitness influencer. Because everyone’s body is different. Exercises that they really love may not work well for you or you may just not like them. So be willing to experiment and push yourself.
Or at the very least invest in a low budget workout program.
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