Fitness requires an investment if what you want is a big pay-off. Consistent investment. The investment could be mental or emotional. Sometimes it’s money. But, it doesn’t have to break the bank. Small purchases can be just the trigger you need to stay on task…
In order from least amount of financial investment to most, here are some ideas:
#1 Choose a water bottle you like and that’s easy to carry to encourage drinking more water. Are you more likely to bring one with a handle on the lid or that fits in the cup holder in your car? Some people like a smaller one that they refill often, while others like large so they know when they’ve met their “quota” for the day.
#2 Splurge on the pre-cut veggies or fruits at the grocery store if it means you’ll eat them vs. leaving the whole fruit to rot. You might spend more on buying this healthy/convenient food, but if you don’t eat it at all it’s likely to creep up on your wallet later with healthcare costs.
Give it a try, perhaps you can get yourself addicted to these healthier choices and will then be motivated to cut them up yourself.
#3 Buy a fitness outfit that makes you feel attractive and fit. Only allow yourself to wear it for exercise. Toss that old t-shirt you had for decades in the corner. If you invest in one workout outfit that you love, you’ll want to wear it. It’s not very exciting to put on a t-shirt with holes or stains.
#4 It’s important to have high-quality sneakers. Many people buy sneakers because of the colours, but what really matters is the fit. If you have strong foot muscles, barefoot shoes are a great choice. Just like with the fitness outfit, only allow yourself to wear them for workouts, not around the house or when grocery shopping. It’ll make workout time more special.
#5 Fitness class pass/gym membership. The reason many people pay for fitness is because it keeps them accountable. It works. Making room in your budget for an exercise class will help you make room in your pants too… It introduces you to other like-minded people you can build relationships with, which becomes reinforcement in itself.
You are what you eat AND who you spend time with.
#6 Equipment. Buying free weights or resistance bands are the least expensive option for in-home fitness. Some people find benefit from purchasing a treadmill or elliptical. The key with any of these choices is to know how you’ll incorporate them into your daily routine. Scheduling time to use them avoids collection of dust or becoming a coat rack.
#7 Personal trainer. Hiring a private coach to keep you on track is the most pricey way to stay committed to exercise, but it works really well and can yield great results. Someone to hold you accountable, show up for you and customise programs to your needs is worth every dollar if you can spare the change.
Going back to the mental and emotional investments, you can work these to your advantage. Committing to meeting a friend for workouts can prove fruitful if you find the right buddy to exercise with. Ask around. It may not be someone you know directly, but your friends might know of a walking group or another friend looking for the same thing as you.
Having an activity partner makes your mind more committed to showing up. This is called social support and has been proven by research to impact motivation.
Tell us what works for you by leaving a comment below.