Summer fitness on a budget

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… not only because Christmas is on the way but because those drab, cold wintery days have made way for the sunshine.

And with the sunshine comes the added benefit of enjoying the outdoors and being able to exercise in warmer weather.

Now, we’re sure you’ve heard stories about people spending ridiculous amounts of money on joining gyms and fitness equipment. You really don’t need to!

Here are 5 ways you can get fit without burning a hole in your budget.

1. Start walking

Walking is great way to keep active. Grab a friend and have a chat along the way – the time will fly! Take your dog (if you have one) and breathe in that fresh air. It’ll do you a world of good.

2. Hand weights

Would you like to tone up those muscles? Hand weights are relatively cheap to buy or ask around as you might find someone willing to give you an old set.

There are plenty of instructions online to get you started.

3. Swim

Many local swimming centres offer discounts for seniors to swim in their pool. Some centres also offer aqua aerobics. Have some fun in the water!

4. Videos or online exercise

There are tons of exercise videos that can be found either at your local library or online such as Youtube. You can try these out in the privacy of your own home.

5. Stand more

It’s so easy to sit ourselves on the couch for extended periods as we watch TV. However, getting up and walking around every now and again, is really easy to do and doing so is great for your overall health. If you tend to forget how long you’re sedentary, set a timer (say, every hour) and get up whenever you hear it ring.

And don’t forget: keep yourself hydrated and slop on that sunscreen if you’re going outside! Having a bottle of water handy is always helpful.

Also, it’s a good idea to visit your local GP before trying any new exercises or routines (just to be sure).

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