Do you look at your bank statement at the end of the month and wonder how you have spent so much money on food? Healthy foods can seem like they’re eating your money!
Financial restrictions can make you feel like a healthy lifestyle is unattainable. This can cause you to reach for cheap convenient meals and cancel your gym membership.
However, you don’t need to go to the best gym in the area to stay fit and there’s ways to save money on healthy food choices. Here are some tips that will help you stay on track when you’re on a budget:
Frozen vegetables and fruit
Contrary to popular belief, studies have shown that frozen fruit and vegetables contain just as many nutrients as the fresh equivalent. Frozen foods also have a lot of perks – you don’t have to worry about shelf-life, they’re cheaper to buy and easier to prepare. This doesn’t mean frozen ready meals – cook your own meals to stay economical.
HIIT workouts and online videos
Anyone with the internet can access free workout videos, just head to YouTube. If you struggle to fit an hour-long workout in at home – try a HIIT workout video. HIIT takes half the time of a gym routine and is just as effective. You can find out more about HIIT on these blog posts – What is HIIT? and HIIT me up.
Make your meals at home and freeze them
If you’re strapped for time, dedicate one evening to cooking, portioning and freezing your meals for the week. Freezing food is a perfect way to use up fresh vegetables and take advantage of any yellow sticker products you’ve bought.
Gym memberships are pricey when you can exercise anywhere at any time. Exercising outdoors can improve self-esteem, decrease stress and it’s free. You can find out more about the benefits of exercising outdoors in Northern Bootcamp’s recent blog “Get Out! Why outdoor exercise is the best”.
Walk to work:
If you work a reasonable distance from home – walk to work. You’ll be surprised by how much of a difference it makes. You’ll burn extra calories, enjoy fresh air and save yourself a fortune on petrol money!
Fitness and nutritious apps:
In a world full of technology there’s a range of apps perfect for tracking everything from your workouts to your calorie intake. You can find a list of the best well-being, fitness and nutrition apps here – so say goodbye to your expensive personal trainer!
Planning is everything:
Kick-starting your fitness adventure is half of the journey. Setting a clear plan will help you stay on track. Once you have the fitness and nutritional knowledge to plan your meals and workouts on your own, healthy living doesn’t have to be expensive.
However, it’s important to remember that your health isn’t an expense it’s an investment!
Booking a bootcamp can provide you with the information you need to begin your fitness journey. Northern Bootcamp has a range of camps available. The duration varies from just one to fourteen days with a selection of accommodation to suit all price ranges.