When people think to get a healthy body or to maintain a healthy diet the very first things they do is to buy new equipment for exercise. Save some money and avoid decision fatigue by forgoing these typical purchases.
You don’t need expensive supplements to get healthy
Supplements don’t work unless you do. Fat burners, muscle builders, or any other fitness-enhancing supplement aren’t the fast track to success — they’re the fast track to emptying your wallet. If you’re planning to start exercising, you don’t need to dump hundreds of dollars on pills and powders. All you need to do is eat real food (fruits, veggies, whole grains, protein, and healthy fats) and eat enough of it to support your activity level.
If you buy any supplements, buy something with proven benefits, such as whey protein or creatine monohydrate. You might also benefit from a personalized vitamin pack, but the only way to know for sure is to get a blood test to check for nutrient deficiencies.
You don’t need high-tech gym equipment to get fit
If you can afford this type of equipment and you think it’ll help you reach your goals, go for it. But no one should feel like fitness is cost-prohibitive. No one should think they don’t have access to fitness just because they don’t have access to expensive, high-tech gym equipment. You can get just as good a workout on your floor with your own body. Depending on your goals, simply going for daily walks, starting a running routine, or trying at-home yoga or pilates is enough. If you do want some home gym equipment, kettlebells, dumbbells, resistance bands, and even household objects are just as effective as digital options.
You don’t even need a gym to get fit
Raise your hand if you’ve signed up for a gym membership in January of years past, gone for a few weeks, and then stopped going but continued to bless the facility with your unused membership for several months. save that money this year and just work out from home. With a good workout app and 30 minutes a day, you can get fit in the comfort of your living room, which is great for busy parents, people who’d rather stay safe from COVID-19 at home, or those who simply hate going to a gym and exercising in the presence of other people.
Just don’t forget to clean your home gym every so often, and be careful of these common mistakes people make when exercising from home.
You don’t need the latest and greatest athletic wear
Cute workout clothes can certainly make you feel more motivated to work out. I know I’m always excited to exercise in a new workout set. However, your body works just the same in an old T-shirt as it does in a bright new tank top. It is true that certain fabrics make for better workout clothes, but even dreaded cotton will do the trick if you don’t mind the inevitable moisture buildup. What I’m saying is: Don’t let something as simple as clothing be a barrier to your health and fitness goals. Your heart, lungs, brain, muscles, and joints don’t care what you’re wearing. They’re all just happy you’re moving.
That’s it! Everything else is extraneous; anything beyond the basics above isn’t critical for improved health.