Getting healthy & fit on a budget

I don’t need to tell you that it’s almost summer, if you’re in Australia you’ve probably felt it already. Hotter weather means beach days, shorter dresses and swimwear. If you’re not yet ‘summer ready’ then you might be considering getting a gym membership. As many as 30% of Australians have a gym membership, but 44% of us don’t actually use it often enough for it to be worth it, resulting in over $1.8 billion of wasted money on fees.

Getting fit and healthy can come with large expenses. So if you want to get healthy and fit, but you’re on a budget (like me), then read on for some tips.

Find a workout video on YouTube

Oh YouTube, not just the home of funny cat videos and kids that make more money than me! There are thousands of free workout videos on YouTube for everyone, no matter your fitness level. PopSugar Fitness is a great channel that has a variety of types of exercises including dance, abs, booty and even better the instructor actually does the exercises along with you in real-time.

PopSugar Fitness on YouTube

Check out your local council or Medibank programs

Many councils offer a variety of fitness and well-being activities for individuals of all ages, fitness levels and abilities.  Whether you’re after gentle, flowing exercise to soothe your mind and body after a busy day, or something high-energy to really get your heart racing, there’s something for everyone.

Brisbane City Council for example, has free fitness classes during the spring months including Yoga, Zumba and Pilates. Check out the full programs here.

Along with council programs, Medibank is one company running their own free fitness classes. All classes are guided by fully qualified instructors from Goodlife Health Clubs. The program includes things such as: Yoga, Barre, Pilates, Aqua Aerobics, Mums & Bubs, Salsa and Ballroom dancing and more.

Free weekly fun runs

Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around Australia (and the world). They are open to everyone, and are safe and easy to take part in. Register or find a run near you.

Parkrun courses around Australia

Fitness social groups

Fitness Meetups is a website that puts you in touch with like-minded people. Here you can find hiking groups, cycling groups, city walking groups, mums who run, plus size groups, weight loss groups, yoga and meditation groups – the list here really is endless.

Start a home gym with multi-use items

For many people working out at a gym comes with many anxieties and fears. Are people watching me? What if I mess something up?

Don’t let this stop you from achieving your goals, if you have the space creating a home gym can be a good way to get fit. While the initial outlay can be costly, you may get more use out of it than a gym membership.

The key with a home gym is to purchase items that have multiple uses and can be used for a variety of different exercises. One of my favourite items are resistance bands. These can be used in a myriad of ways, from lower body workouts (think booty building squats), to upper body workouts (toned arms). The great thing about their size and weight means they’re also perfect for travel.

Booty Band Co Aus/NZ has a special deal for followers of @tashagetsfrugal. Use the code ‘FRUGAL25’ to get 25% off your next purchase. Head over to their site now to take advantage of this deal!

Other great items that can be used for multiple purposes include a kettle bell, medicine ball and weight plates.

To keep costs down have a look at Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, Kmart and Aldi for cheaper items.

Find deals on groupon

Groupon often has deals for short-term gym memberships, group classes and personal training.

Hit the trails

Walking and hiking are both free exercises that can get you moving and get you out in nature. No-matter where you live there’s sure to be some great hikes around you. Make a day of it, pack a lunch and bring the whole family. For my fellow BrisVegas residents check out these walking trails within 30km of Brisbane.

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