With the new year brings new years resolutions. A lot of new year resolutions include a fitness, health or weight loss goal of some sort. I know that personally I almost always start January first looking to finally lose those last 10-15 pounds and like many, I start with great intentions but fall off after a few weeks.
I have been able to isolate the main reason for my failures though. I don’t have a solid plan when embarking on my adventure. My goal is to ‘lose weight’ but rarely do I know exactly how I’m going to accomplish this. The obvious ”eat less, move more” sound simple until you try to put it in place, at least for me. I’ve had great success with the Weight Watchers program in the past but unfortunately my budget isn’t going to allow me to do it this year. I need to finally lose this weight, and do it as cheaply as possible!
Use A Free Gym
Unless you live in a bubble, you have access to an amazing free gym, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The great outdoors. Get outside and move. I’ve always enjoyed going for walks but recently started running though I’m sad to admit that the month of December my runs have been almost non-existent. While I do have some legit excuses I can’t excuse every miss. I have learned though that getting outside and moving your body is an amazing way to feel better. Getting out the door, especially in a winter climate is the hardest part!
If you’re not interested in walking or running try searching out playground workouts and use a local playground for a great workout that will make you feel the burn!
Use Your Computer to Work Out For Free
My sister-in-law lost over 20 pounds thanks to a set of free weights and You Tube. She did nothing other than workout videos she found on the internet. Proof that you don’t need a fancy gym to lose weight. If you don’t have internet access pop in a good ‘ol DVD, rented from your local library of course.
Anther great use for the internet is to use online classifieds to find free or cheap gym equipment. The free weights she used were from our local classifieds. Someone was moving and looking to take as little as possible with her, she put an ad up telling people to come by her apartment and take whatever they could carry (listing items she had). Though I haven’t looked yet, I’m willing to bet this is a great time of year to buy used gym equipment online too. If I was looking to sell, I’d post my treadmill for sale in January!
Partner Up for Accountability
If you’re like me, having someone to help keep you accountable helps, a lot. Invaluable actually. Even if you’re friend isn’t interested in partaking in your regime, ask them to keep you accountable with weekly phone calls. No texts or emails, an actual honest-to-God phone call. You can share successes and failures and work through it together.
My sister-in-law and I are great, and terrible for each other. When we’re good, we’re really good. When we suck, we both suck in terms of running and weight loss. It’s nice to share success and failures with someone.
I have already agreed to no more messing around and this will be OUR year. I want to finally lose the weight I’ve been trying to lose for almost four years and enjoy my body for a while before we decide to have more kids. I also want to be in the best shape of my life when baby #2 comes because pregnancy and breastfeeding do crazy things to your body, things I’d rather limit come next time!
How do you plan on getting fit/losing weight for cheap this year?