Getting regular exercise is essential to improving your health, but we know it can be challenging. Sometimes we don’t do it because we lack the time, confidence and support from friends and family, or the cost of gyms or sports facilities put you off. However, there are many ways to exercise regularly on a budget. Here are some tips to help you get started:
If you’re new to exercise, start small and gradually increase your activity level. Begin with short, low-intensity workouts, such as walking or yoga, and gradually increase the duration and intensity of your workouts as you become more comfortable.
Make it a habit
Incorporate exercise into your daily routine to make it a habit. Try to find ways to be active throughout the day, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift or walking to work or school.
Find free or low-cost activities
There are many free or low-cost activities you can do to stay active. You can go for a walk or run in your local park, join a free community fitness class, or do a workout video at home.
Use household items
You don’t need expensive equipment to exercise at home. Use household items, such as water bottles or cans, as weights or resistance bands. You can also use a chair for exercises, such as tricep dips or step-ups.
Getting outside is an excellent way to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. You can go for a hike, ride a bike, or even go for a swim in a local lake or river. Just make sure you take necessary safety precautions and wear appropriate clothing.
Join a team or group
Joining a sports team or exercise group can be a great way to stay motivated and make friends. Many local community centres offer low-cost sports leagues or fitness classes.
There is something for everyone regardless of your budget, so why not make a few small changes – they can make a big difference and it’s never too late to start living a healthier life.
If you need additional support or advice, contact your local PCN or visit Active Essex, to find out what is happening near you.
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