How to get fit for cheap -- less than $100
Before I get into the specific descriptions, Ill put the basics of this post front and center. If you learn nothing else from this article, just remember this:
The three essentials to burning fat and building muscle on a budget are: A pullup bar that hangs over the doorframe, a kettlebell, and jump rope. And the best part is that these are cheap, and can all be purchased for less than $100 total! So no more excuses, get moving!______________________________________
For many of us, the cost of a gym membership is an issue in our weight loss and fitness endeavors. Unless you get lucky with a corporate discount rate or other promotion, chances are you are paying upwards of $80 a month at many city gyms. It is a fairly expensive way to get fit, and for many this is a good enough reason to push off fitness for "some other time".
There is a simple way out of this dilemma, though, and its structured around a home-based workout using a few simple, inexpensive pieces of fitness equipment. For a fun, heart-pumping workout that helps burn fat, build muscle and increase overall fitness, just buy these:
1. A kettle bell (for beginners, men buy a 25 lb and women a 10 or 15 lb). Test out different sizes before buying, based on relative strength.
2. Jump rope (weighted handles for an added challenge)
3. Pull up bar that hangs over the door or door frame
Total cost for all 3? Less than $100.
If finances are currently an issue, using these simple options IS the way to go about reaching your physique, body composition and performance goals.
In my personal experience, I spent the majority of summer 2011 on a simple at-home workout. I was out of the house at least 13-14 hours a day, and money was tight. My choice was to either spend money on proper nutrition and nothing on a gym membership, spend money on a gym membership and eat junk (terrible option; diet is always priority), or combine the best of both worlds. I chose the last option and I recommend any budget-conscious person to do the same. If you are determined to get fit and have very little extra money to spend, focus on eating well and work out in your basement or backyard!
Sayan, at the start position for kettlebell swingsKettlebellsAs for specific exercises with the kettlebell, swings are a must! For these, you must bend over from the hips, while keeping your upper body at about a 45 degree upright angle. The kettlebell should be between the legs, and both feet should point slightly outwards. The swing part is a driving motion originating from the hips/core. Use your hips to thrust forward and let the momentum swing your arms (and the kettlebell up). Knees should be slightly bent, but should stay in roughly the same place throughout the exercise. Kettlebell swings are an outstanding exercise to build the whole posterior chain, with an emphasis on the glutes and hamstrings (the glutes are a fat storage problem area for many).
Sayan, midway through kettlebell swings
I also recommend goblet squats (going to at least parallel or below) if your flexibility permits. With goblet squats, you hold the kettlebell with two hands (how you might hold a rounded glass or goblet), and drop down into a squat position. If weighted (or even bodyweight) squats are a challenge, start by dropping into a low squat while holding onto a steady pole or object. Proper squat form is essential to get fit especially in the lower body
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