After hearing that I was hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, a knowledgeable person told me to invest in this cool time-travel watch that “is used by the all players.” I, of course, laughed at the thought. Although doing four days in Machu Picchu is not easy for seafarers like me, it is not the summit of Everest, which is more than 4,000 meters higher than the highest Peruvian road. . Extra oxygen is less expensive, especially if you don’t have respiratory problems.
However, his response was not trivial. It’s not that he doesn’t know how to walk but because of this the idea today is to buy new fitness equipment and equipment that will help us make those muscles easier and lose weight faster or learn a new skill better. Elaborating on my story, he said he later learned to ride a motorcycle, starting by buying a boat for the equipment he said he “needed” for the lessons.
In fact, like an unused gym membership, many of us spend all our money on fitness equipment that ends up gathering dust. Unless we are professional athletes training for a competition or climbing a very difficult peak that has cost hundreds of lives, we don’t need to invest in staying strong and in good shape. The COVID pandemic has proven that many of us don’t need an expensive gym membership to reach our fitness goals.
In fact, last year was the best of my entire adult life when I was training for my walk by climbing our 233-step staircase (LA is famous for its hidden, historic staircases ) every day and walk 10 miles a day on the weekends, both of which cost $0. Not only did I lose a lot of pounds, but I was stronger, healthier, and breathing better.
Fitness Decision 1: Stop buying the latest fitness equipment for motivation
Make no mistake: Fitness equipment and tools are essential for certain training programs and achieving certain goals. But, if you start your fitness decision this year by spending money on an expensive smartphone studio monitor or buying one of the best smartwatches, you’re already doing it wrong.
Yes, these things will help you do it first. However, most people abandon their New Year’s resolutions after just 17.8 days, according to research published in the International Journal of Public Health (opens in a new tab). That shiny new toy will eventually lose its luster if you don’t enter your fitness journey with the right mindset and the right exercises for you.
I, for example, had an exercise bike under the table that I didn’t use and gave it to my neighbor. The reason I got it is because I spend a lot of time at my desk, and it’s a great way to stay active while still in front of the keyboard. But, it didn’t really work for me. If anything, it just distracted me and slowed me down – a waste of time.
Fitness tip 2: Use public spaces
Climbing the stairs in the neighborhood and walking the streets around Los Angeles really appealed to me, for example, because I love being outside. I supplemented those activities by exercising at home with free YouTube videos and my $12.99 USD per month. Find out what’s best (opens in a new tab) members (some of Adrienne’s Yoga videos, by the way, are also free on YouTube).
All I needed to complete my exercise plan was my Apple Watch Series 6, which I already had, and a pair of $30 JLab Go Air Sport earbuds that I found very reliable and inexpensive. painful to wear Beats Fit price. Pro, and my $10.99/month Apple Music subscription.
I actually plunked down my $200+ pre-epidemic membership for a pilates studio, only four one-hour classes a month. I’m not saying you shouldn’t invest in the right gear, but you also don’t need to spend $1,400 and $12.99 a month on the Peloton Cycling program to enjoy it.
On top of hitting the stairs and trails this year, I’m going to swim better (I like swimming and being in the water, but I’m not a strong swimmer) visiting public swimming pools, and paying $5 to $10 per visit.
It’s worth mentioning that while some gym memberships are expensive, there are others that cost as little as $10 a month (on top of the annual membership fee at most gyms). However, if you want to skip the gym this year like I did, whether it’s because of that toxic gym habit or because the ones near you are so expensive right now, there are also tablets public exercise and outdoor exercise stations available. all to use. You just have to do your research.
Fitness resolution 3: Eat better
Even if you spend two hours a day working out, it doesn’t matter if you don’t eat. What you put into your body is important, and eating and snacking every day will set you back, especially if you’re hoping to lose weight.
This year, make an effort to cook better at home with more vegetables and less meat. Doing so will not only help you eat better and eat better because you know and have more control over the food you use, but you will save money, because vegetables cost less than meat without you. cost $15 to $25 per meal plus delivery and tip.
Not only will it help you reach your fitness goals but it will also help you reduce your weekly grocery bill, saving you more money.