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THE AUSTERITY WORKOUT. MAKE THOSE PENNIES SWEAT

THE AUSTERITY WORKOUT. MAKE THOSE PENNIES SWEAT

Whatever your politics, there’s no doubt that we live in a time where it pays to be prudent with the cash. That doesn’t mean that your fitness regime has to suffer.

If you’ve come to this site, you already know how to get great deals on gym sessions and fitness classes. Your cash needs to work as hard as you do, so take some time to look at getting the best value from your gym passes.

What else can be done to lower the cost of fitness?

WHAT EXERCISE CLOTHES DO I REALLY NEED?

It isn’t essential to go on an expensive shopping spree for fitness clothing. For most workouts, all you need is a t-shirt and some kind of shorts or trousers. Workout clothes should be reasonably close fitting to keep them out of the machines, and to help instructors see what you are doing.

This simple outfit will work for almost everything at the gym. If you are heading outside in the autumn or winter, that’s when you need more technical clothing to keep you warm and dry. Until then, check the wardrobe before hitting the shops.

For the pool, just pick something comfortable that stays put. Chlorine destroys fabric, which is a good incentive not to spend too much!

CAN I USE THE SAME TRAINERS FOR DIFFERENT SPORTS?

Footwear is more of an issue. If you are running you really need decent trainers. The wrong shoes can actually cause injuries.

Shoes are designed for different sports, and if you are serious about more than one type of fitness you really need more than one pair of trainers.

Shop around, try on and don’t be swayed by branding.

WHAT ABOUT COMPLETELY FREE OPTIONS?

Whatever the weather, there’s always a free workout. Here are some ideas for both indoors and out.

  • Home workout videos - there are hundreds available on line, or root out those dusty fitness DVDs.
  • Need some light free weights? Got a tin of baked beans? Job done!
  • Head to a park with an outdoor gym, and follow their circuit for a good fresh air workout.

Short on cash? There’s no need to go short on fitness!

 

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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