1. Run outside
Running on a treadmill can be hard on your knees and, in some cases, can cause shin splints. Running outside, however, provides you with fresh air, random trails that can lead you to unexpected places, and the uneven terrain can strengthen your conditioning as a runner.
2. Learn proper portion control
When looking at proper portions, it’s amazing to see how much we overeat on a daily basis. Cutting portions back to their proper sizes not only ensures eating less, it also allows you to stretch meals for longer. To do this at home, try measuring out fruit, vegetables, and protein the night before, and put them in containers. That way you can just grab them and go in the morning.
You don’t have to go to the gym to swim in an indoor pool; a lake will do just fine. Swimming has amazing benefits to health, as it’s low impact. It prevents strain on joints and bones, and it also builds endurance and lung strength.
4. Plan your meals
Making a list of meals you’re eating during the day will help you to stay focused at the grocery store, but it will also help you to make your food last longer. Find a day that works best for you and plan out your meals for the week. Then make a list of the ingredients necessary for those meals and grocery shop for the essentials. When you get home, remember to portion your food out to avoid wasting it.
5. Workout at home
Some gyms will cost you an arm and a leg in membership fees and have extra costs for fitness classes and personal training. Instead of spending money to use gym equipment, consider investing in hand weights, stability balls, and resistance bands. If you’re not into using workout DVDs, try looking up workouts and adjust the reps, resistance, and length of the workout based on your own physical capabilities.
6. Schedule everything
Make a plan for yourself. Schedule your workouts, your meals and snacks, and don’t miss the appointments. You wouldn’t cancel on a doctor’s appointment would you? Try taking your workouts just as seriously.
7. Show up and don’t give up
Fitness is a journey, not a destination, so keep that in mind when paying your gym membership or purchasing expensive protein powder. If you’re going to put in the money to make healthy life choices, you have to make sure it’s an investment you can live with for the rest of your life. Start small and make changes that work in your budget and your life.