How to Get Fit When You’re Short on Time and Funds

Samantha Cabrera -- 10/01/2012 05:00 AM

You may think you don’t have the time or funds to go hard with your health. You want to make healthy changes to your life, but in order for it to stick, it has to fit your lifestyle. You don’t want to overdo it and end up working against yourself. Small changes are easier to adjust to and are sustainable. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by trying to take every aspect of your health on at once. Relax, make those small changes, and feel your efforts become easy to tackle.

1. Look at your lifestyle. How busy are you? For some, carving out time to exercise isn’t much of an option. For others, it may feel like you’re short on time, but be real about your schedule. Are you spending 2 hours a day watching TV? Playing video games? 30 minutes of exercise a few times a week is all it takes to begin to see results on your waistline. It doesn’t have to be an expensive exercise class. Something as simple as walking around the block a few times or doing free workout routines you can find on YouTube are better than nothing. Most of us aren’t as busy as we think we are. You have to make time to work out if you want to lose weight and feel better. We know you’ve heard it before, but exercise gives you energy and makes you feel better. Commit to 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week in the beginning. You’ll feel yourself getting stronger and appreciate the difference this small time commitment makes.

2. Evaluate your resources. What free resources do you have to help you get fit? Maybe there’s a park nearby where you can do a bootcamp-style workout. How about a track? Tracks that are attached to schools typically have bleachers, which are great for running stairs (and a fast way to drop fat while building muscle). The Internet is an invaluable tool when it comes to finding modified workouts of every type, no matter what your fitness level is. Everything from cardio to weight training to stretch routines can be found on YouTube. Go, explore, conquer! You’ll find something out there that speaks to and fits into your lifestyle.

3. Try something new. Running and walking are free and they fit into most schedules. It takes time to get into a routine, but don’t let that deter you from a free, effective means of working out. There are so many different exercises and approaches to getting fit, you’re sure to find something that suits you, but you have to look. Swimming at a community center or lifting weights may stimulate you in a way that helps you stick to working out. Consistency is key, but consistency is built when you enjoy the workout.

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