One of the greatest misconceptions about staying fit is the idea that this is something that requires a lot of money.
You see, making your own home gym or getting a membership at an elite gym complex are definitely not your only options.
On the other hand, staying fit is not completely free of charge either.
There are some hidden expenses you need to take into consideration, especially as a broke college student. With this in mind and without further ado, here are several tips you might want to consider.
Improve your nutrition
When it comes to reaching your fitness dreams and staying healthy, you can go one of two ways. You can either embrace the path of a professional athlete and train for at least 3 hours per day, 7 days per week or go with a moderate training for 5 days a week and improve your nutrition. The reason why professional athletes can endure this kind of lifestyle is due to the fact that they are paid to do so. As a student, you will still have your studies to focus on, as well as a social life to maintain, which means that you are stuck with the second option.
It is a misconception that one can’t eat healthy on a budget. When you think about it, the money you spend on junk food can be invested in whole foods, frozen fruits and vegetables, as well as calorie dense food. Moreover, by buying in supermarkets in bulks, especially with promotions and sales, you can stock your fridge quite efficiently. The key to eating healthy also lies in taking some time to prepare your own food, nonetheless, the improvement to your lifestyle quality that comes from this, as well as health benefits are more than worth it.
Think about cardio
The next most important issue you need to think about is cardio. Here, you have four optimal low-cost options. First and foremost, you can decide to run around the neighborhood. While this may not cost you a single dollar on its own, keep in mind that running in low-quality shoes exposes you to a wide range of injuries. Next, you can go with a skipping rope, which is probably the cheapest option of them all and can be done even in-house. As a third option, you can decide to go swimming. This, however, usually requires you to pay an entry fee for a pool, or restrict yourself to the warmer part of the year.
Probably the best idea that a student has is cycling, seeing as how it saves money on several fronts and keeps you fit at the same time. Needless to say, it is also a highly efficient mean of the urban commute. In order to get the most out of it, however, you might want to consider looking for gravel bikes. In this way, you can even plan a cycling adventure on your day off. Aside from this, looking for those shortcuts around the city will become much easier for your back and behind.
Create a calisthenics workout
The main reason why people go to a gym in the first place is in order to get the necessary gear to workout with. However, the truth is that you don’t actually need weights in order to build muscles. Exercises like push-ups, chin-ups, squats, calf raises and crunches don’t require any kind of additional equipment (well, chin-ups may actually require a pull-up bar). By creating a holistic calisthenics workout, you can exercise every single muscle in your body, without having to spend a single dime. Apart from being cheaper, the chance of an injury while working with your own bodyweight is minimal, which also gives you more consistency in your training regimen.
Download a fitness app
In the era of smartphones, internet and app stores there are so many great fitness apps out there that can help you organize, motivate and get in shape. For those who want to get more flexible, yoga apps seem like the right choice. Others might settle for something as simple as a walking app. While this may not be an exercise (at least not for someone in their 20s and early 30s), it is a great way of staying active and even maintaining your mental health. This is especially important during those long studying sessions.
As you can see, when it comes to the issue exercise and fitness it mostly comes down to your own choice. Sure, ordering a burger is much easier than preparing a healthy meal and taking public transportation is more convenient than cycling around the city. Nonetheless, your body is perhaps your most valuable asset, which is why you need to be willing to invest in it. After a while, you will be surprised to learn that a well-organized physical activity trend tends to benefit every aspect of your life, from your mood to your ability to focus. All of that can be achieved even on the tightest of budgets.