You’ve decided that it’s time to make a change in your life, by exercising and getting healthy! The only thing is, you don’t really feel like parting with the large wad of cash that covers the gym membership fees. Luckily, there are cheap and effective ways to exercise and lose weight, here are just a few to help you get started!
Cycling is a great way to exercise your lower body and cardiovascular system! It’s also a low impact activity, making it ideal if you’re susceptible to injury. Cycling is also an excellent group activity for all ages, so gather a group of your closest friends and family members! However, you do need to spend money to ensure your safety, you’ll need a properly fitted helmet, a bike of the right size and height, and a hi-vis vest if you plan on cycling at night. Cycling for 30 minutes at about 5mph can burn up to 150 calories. Cycling is a great way to keep fit.
Jogging may be demanding but it is also an effective form of exercise! If you feel like you need to build up your fitness before jogging seriously, try alternating between jogging and walking, doing a minute of each to build up your stamina. Pace yourself throughout your jog and vary your route to keep yourself interested. Around 30 minutes of jogging could burn up to 250 calories depending on your build, it’s also great for your cardiovascular system and lower body muscle strength.
Swimming is one of the most popular forms of exercise and a great way to lose weight. It’s low-impact, so ideal for those recovering or at risk from injury; it also tones and trims the whole body. Local swimming pools offer all sorts of classes from aqua aerobics and other work out sessions and if you’re feeling a bit self-conscious, bring along a friend for confidence. Swimming is great for burning calories! A strong freestyle stroke could burn 100 calories in just 10 minutes!
Whether you’re a beginner or experienced, dancing is an excellent way to have fun and lose weight at the same time! Look at classes suited to your skill level and bring along a friend, it’s a social activity as well as a workout and popular for men and women of all ages. As well as improving your balance and coordination, dancing is great as an aerobic activity. For around 30 minutes of dancing, you could lose up to 200 calories, depending on your frame.
If you’re looking for a form of exercise you can do in the comfort of your own home then Pilates is an excellent option. It’s good for strengthening your core and toning your body and well as increasing your flexibility. It can be as simple as following a Pilates DVD at home, or if you fancy a bit more instruction and socialization, classes can be very cheap. Beginners can expect to lose about 100 calories for 30 minutes of a pilates workout.