How To Be Fit And Healthy On A Low Cost Budget 

By Ange Fonce

If you ever think of investing in some serious fitness equipment do not just yet. 

The reality is that you are unlikely to use any of the super gadgets you will pay premium prices for as for most people the treadmills and the bikes very quickly become clothes hangers dusting and wasting away somewhere in a dark corner of your house like the ab monsters and 6 in one pull up bars that seem like such a great idea to purchase at the time will be used for what... maybe once at best and then just be a nuisance that you keep stumbling over every now and then. 

If you are new to fitness my advice... buy nothing. 

When you first come to the idea of... 

“Yeah I should start exercising.” 

The first thought that comes to mind is what you need to buy to begin... you think you need special clothing... then maybe a gym membership and if you cannot afford one you look into home equipment you can get on credit... preferably something that is an ultimate home gym and that is how it is marketed to you... anyway you do not need any of this stuff to start with you really do not. 

You will not even use any of it and if you really want to start training just do it... all you need are some comfortable clothes and 10... 15 minutes of free time to actually get moving and if you are a beginner this is how you get into it. 

Only when you know you want to do more than that you should start thinking of investing money into a few things to help you vary your routines. 

And even then it is not something that will leave your wallet empty as there are only a couple of things that are actually worth paying for if you want to train at home. 

The Basic Items

First of all... stay away from anything complex. 

Anything that is marketed to you as the solution an easy one at that... is a waste of money. 

You only need a few basic things to have at hand... 

A... Some free weights for weight training 

B... Something for balance 

My favourite items are lose weights a step bench which I made myself... a Swiss ball and yoga mat and you can buy all these items at your local supermarket in the fitness section or off ebay. 

There is lots of equipment sold on ebay people do not want or use and I was actually given my free weights by a guy who brought them and did not use them you will just need to make sure the weights have a good grip.

Budget Buster Tip... 

You can fill two plastic bottles with water or sand as a substitute for weights or even use house bricks. 

Mind you ordinary looking pairs of free weights is one of the very few fitness equipment items worth investing into and a Swiss ball is something I myself find extremely helpful to have around for ab work and I find the Swiss ball... also known as an exercise ball to be an excellent ab work station and it is a lot better for your back to perform crunches on one of these balls and because you have to keep your balance it adds an extra level of difficulty... plus you keep on stumbling on it all the time and it reminds you about training... just make sure you do not hide it in a closet where you cannot see it. 

It happens with fitness equipment... once it is out of sight it is out of mind so keep your weights and your Swiss ball where you can see them. 

Other equipment that is worth mentioning is a fitness mat... if you have hard floors you may want to invest in one. 

Whatever you buy though go for the cheapest possible option because if you are not into exercises just yet the less you spend the better as how dedicated you will be to a daily training routine does not depend on how much money you throw into it... it is on the amount of time you actually invest in training because you can have a fully equipped gym with expensive machines in it and never use it once. 

Only when you feel that you can now do more and you need more equipment because you are getting bored with just a couple of things can you start looking into expanding your home gym and even then there are endless possibilities all around you with using other objects... like your own body weight to exercises... even carrying heavy boxes from one corner to the other is an option.

Exercise is also be fun... inventive... exciting and as natural for you as possible... that is how you actually stick with it and it becomes part of your lifestyle. 

Home gym equipment does not have to be complicated... specially engineered and expensive. 

With just a couple of things you can get an excellent workout... as long as you invest in the time

Five Minute Workout

1... Clean and Press... Minute 0:00... 1:00

Targets shoulders... back... butt... legs

A... Stand with feet shoulder width apart and place a 20 kg bar and weights on the floor near your feett. 

Squat... bringing the dumbbells to the outside of your knees... palms down.

B... Stand bringing the dumbbells to your hips... then raise the weights through your shoulders and overhead... lower and repeat for 60 seconds.

2... Side Lunge and Row... Minute 1:00... 2:00

Targets back... butt... legs

Stand with feet shoulder width apart... holding a pair of 5 pound dumbbells at your sides. 

Take a big step out to the right with your right foot... bending right knee 90 degrees while keeping left leg straight. 

Draw your left elbow straight up keeping arm close to side and butt tight. 

Return to start and repeat for 30 seconds then switch sides.

3... Plié Squat and Biceps Curl... Minute 2:00... 3:00

Targets biceps... butt... inner thighs

Stand with feet shoulder width apart and toes pointed out... holding a 5 Kg dumbbell in each hand with arms extended... palms up. 

Bend knees 90 degrees... squatting as you curl weights toward your shoulders. 

Return to start and repeat for 60 seconds.

4... Push Up Plus... Minute 3:00... 4:00

Targets shoulders... chest... triceps... abs... back

Begin in full push up position... palms on floor under shoulders and legs extended. 

Do one push up then carefully lift your left hand off the floor and extending your arm out to side. 

Holding here... lift your right foot off the floor. 

Lower hand and foot to floor. 

Do another push up and repeat with opposite hand and foot. 

Continue alternating sides.

5... Single Leg Deadlift with Kick Back... Minute  4:00... 5:00

Targets triceps... back... legs

Stand with feet hip width apart... holding 5 Kg dumbbells with elbows bent 90 degrees... hands close to your rib cage. 

Lift your left foot behind you and bend forward slowly from the hips as you straighten your arms... bringing them next to your hips. 

Return to starting position. 

Repeat for 30 seconds... switch sides and repeat.

So simple inexpensive ways you can burn the fat and improve your fitness and health without putting a hole in your budget.

And practically speaking that completes my conversation for this article.

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