ON average, Brits fork out a whopping £211 per month on getting fit and losing weight.
That adds up to more than £2,500 for the whole year.
A new study revealed consumers splash out the most on health food, supplements, protein shakes and active wear.
However, getting into shape doesn't have to break the bank – according to top Coach and Personal Trainer at VitalityHealth Jonathan Kibble.
He said: "With a bit of creativity and determination you can turn your fitness goals into a reality without exhausting your wallet."
Here, Jonathan takes us through the best ways to shed pounds without spending them…
1. Get your running shoes on
If your gym membership expired in 2019, don't worry about renewing it.
There are plenty of other ways you can get in shape without spending your hard-earned pennies on gym membership – you just need to make sure you're raising your heart rate.
Running is a great way to improve cardiovascular fitness
"Running is a great way to improve cardiovascular fitness, helping to strengthen bones and even reduce stress," Jonathan says.
"Add a bit of community spirit to your running routine, by joining a local parkrun.
"It’s free to attend and at just 5km in distance, it’s accessible to all."
2. Find an outdoor gym
It's a myth that the only place you can get fit is shut away inside a stuffy gym.
Jonathan emphasises that you can just go into the garden or a local park and do some circuits training to blitz your body fat.
He says: "Outdoor gyms are now a thing – available to use for free in parks and recreational spaces across the UK. "Head to the outdoor gym to add strength training to your routine – and if you need a bit of encouragement, grab a friend or family member to work out with you.
"During those cold, dark winter months you could even tackle some bodyweight moves from your very own home!"
3. Supercharge your walking routine
You can do something as simple as a brisk walk to boost your fitness.
In fact – you could burn 100 to 300 calories in just 30 minutes or 200 to 600 in an hour – depending on your weight.
"Walking is one of the easiest ways to get fit and stay in shape, with little to no cost involved," Jonathan says.
Average health and fitness spend in 2019 (full year)
- Health food in the grocery shop – £414
- Health insurance – £227
- Gym membership – £224
- Supplements (e.g. protein shakes. Vitamins) – £218
- Active wear and accessories – £215
- Products which help them adopt a specific diet (e.g. vegan/ gluten free) – £190
- A fitness class subscription – £188
- A diet plan – £186
- A personal trainer or fitness coach – £175
- Mental health services – £174
- Alternative products and therapies – £171
- Health and fitness apps, DVDs, online workout subscriptions – £152
"Get more out of the daily dog walk, by increasing the challenge.
"Try pumping your arms as you walk to get more of a workout or add a couple of hills into your usual walk to fatigue your muscles more."
In particular, Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn has credited walking 15,000 steps a day for helping her to drop two dress sizes.
4. Go digital
From snapping selfies to helping you beat traffic – your phone can do a multitude of things – including helping you lose weight.
Jonathan has pointed out that there are hundreds of free and low-cost apps that can help motivate you to work out and track your calories.
There are plenty of free or low-cost apps offering ready-made workout plans
He says: "Looking for inspiration, consult the experts on the go.
"From former Olympians, to high profile health and fitness influencers, there are plenty of free or low-cost apps offering ready-made workout plans which are fun and easy to follow, helping you to stay active, even if you have a busy schedule."
Some fitness apps we can recommend include fitness influencer Grace Beverley's Shreddy app and the NHS' Couch to 5K running app.
5. Bring the gym home
You don't even have to leave the comfort of your own home to kickstart your fitness regime.
"Transform your home into a ready-made workout space with a few low-cost equipment buys," Jonathan says.
"Dumbbells are one of the most versatile pieces of equipment, allowing you to add an extra challenge to almost any work out.
"Resistance bands are also a great way to elevate a workout session helping to strengthen many areas of the body.
"Finally, foam rollers have become a key staple for home workouts, helping you to recover more quickly and loosen up any tight spots you may have."
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