Getting in Shape on a Limited Budget

by glenn on December 14, 2016

I was recently asked for two ideas on how to get in shape on a limited budget. While there are many, I have posted two ideas below. One has to do with nutrition and the other exercise. I don’t think you can eat poorly and get in optimal health and vice versa. When starting out, working with a personal trainer or nutritionist would be best, that is not always in the budget.
1. Buy your foods from the outer aisles of the grocery store. These areas are usually stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy. Items you can use to cook beautiful healthy meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The middle aisles of grocery stores are filled, for the most part, with goods that are processed and loaded with preservatives or other less desirable ingredients you could do without.

Why is this an idea?
Everyone needs to eat. Spend a little more and get better quality, more nutrient dense food. You’ll feel better and have more energy.

2. Search YouTube for exercise videos.  Search for the type of exercise you are looking for. Either you can watch a short cardio workout or some weight training demonstrations.

Why is this an idea?

Lots of successful trainers, including many NYC personal trainers, have taken to YouTube to promote their brands. You can find lots of videos to follow along with from some of the best trainers around the globe. You don’t have to buy anything from them. However, if you get hooked on a specific trainer’s program, you may want to.

How you can sort through YouTube videos to find the good ones? There are A LOT of videos that could cause injuries!!

There is no short answer here. It can take a little bit of work. Looking for bargain fitness options can sometimes feel like shopping for clothing at a TJ Maxx or an name brand outlet store. You may have to spend some time sorting through the racks to find the right clothes for you. But once you find it, you look forward to wearing it every time. Or in this case, you look forward to the next workout.

You could try obvious search terms such as “top biceps workouts” “top 10-minute Zumba” “Celebrity personal trainer workout”. After that, I would look at number of views, channel name, number of subscribers, etc. Several reputable companies provide lots of free exercise videos.

A few years back I had trainers from participate in a series of HowCast plyometric workout videos and foam roller workout videos.

It takes a little work, no doubt, but,once you find some people to follow, you’ll get a better sense of what you want and what you can do.

I think it is important to emphasize, injuries can happen at anytime. Even with the “safest” workouts or “gems”. This is a risk. People need to know their limits and get medical clearance before starting a new exercise program.


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