Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Plenty of ways to shed pounds

Keeping fit in a gym.
Keeping fit in a gym.
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Money certainly makes the world go round, and after the summer holidays and keeping the kids and grandchildren entertained, it’s fair to say that many people will have put more than a small dent in their current account, me included.

Now that the holidays are over, September always sees a rise in people getting back into fitness, which can also be a costly activity, whether you’re joining a gym, purchasing a new pair of trainers or enlisting the help of a personal trainer, it all involves money. So with that in mind, here is my guide to both saving and investing your hard-earned cash in a bid to create a fitter and healthier you.

Invest in good quality activewear

If you’re going to be working out on a regular basis then it’s vital that your activewear and trainers can keep up with the demands placed upon them. In the world of fitness gear, you really do get what you pay for. So while it may be tempting to grab a pair of leggings on the cheap or some trainers based on fashion rather than function, you should really think again…after all, no one wants their leggings to be see-through after a few washes and the last time I checked, getting blisters mid-run certainly wasn’t pleasant.

Save on healthy food

There is a common misconception out there that it costs a bomb to eat healthily. Yes of course it becomes more costly when you opt for rare super foods, but the reality is that simple fresh fruit, veg and meat, of a good quality, simply aren’t as expensive as getting a take away every evening. If you really want to be thrifty in this area then why not have a go at growing your own vegetables or ditch the supermarket in favour of your local butcher and green grocer.

Invest in expert advice

If your boiler went bust you wouldn’t try and fix it yourself. If your hair gets too long you wouldn’t try and cut it yourself.

You’d draft in an expert to tackle the issue with accuracy and knowledge…and you should treat your health and your fitness in exactly the same way and with the same level of importance. Seek out a professional and get some decent advice!

Save on time

We are all busier than we’ve ever been and it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to find time to exercise.

Not everyone has time to fit in a hour long workout anymore. So if you’re looking to save time in your day and ensure you stay active, why not workout at home instead and invest in some small pieces of equipment such as dumbbells and resistance bands, both of which are cost effective and very versatile.

Whether you choose to save or invest your £££’s, there are plenty of ways to ensure you don’t gain pounds.