Stick to your budget with these thrifty keep-fit ideas from Rachel Avery that will get you W-day ready
So your big day is booked and now you have something to work towards. You want to look and feel your very best on the most important day of your life, and a brand new fitness regime will hopefully do just that. But hefty gym memberships and expensive exercise classes could eat a big hole in your wedding budget. Here are the best ways to get fit without breaking the bank. Plus, the money you do save can be put towards those designer heels you’ve had your eye on. It’s win, win.
As long as you’ve got enough space, you can turn your humble abode into your very own private fitness centre. No, we don’t mean buying a flashy treadmill or installing floor-to-ceiling mirrors – just clear a little room, pop down a yoga mat and work out right there. The internet is awash with fitness inspiration and YouTube is the best place to find step-by-step videos. Everything from yoga for beginners right through to high-intensity aerobics classes. We personally love the likes of Yoga With Adriene and Kayla Itsines. The best thing about at-home YouTube workouts? You don’t even have to get out of your ‘bride to be’ pyjamas if you don’t want to.
There are so many personal trainers and fitness gurus on social platforms like Instagram. You can use this wealth of knowledge to your advantage for cost-effective workouts. Use the Save tab to bookmark your favourite videos and then follow them at home or in the gym. It’s as easy as that – and it beats paying for an expensive PT session. Check out @aliceliveing, @krissycela and @yoga_girl_london to get you started.
If you struggle to work out on your own and would prefer to get your sweat on as part of a team then you need to know about Parkrun. Every Saturday, there are organised 5K runs all across the UK. Just log on to their site to find your nearest course and turn up to run, walk or jog on the day. If you do register with them, they give you a unique barcode to scan at the end of the run to record your time. However, these runs aren’t really about competition, they’re all about having fun getting in shape. Fun fitness that’s free. Now if that hasn’t sold you, we don’t know what will.
Free trials and deals
To be truly thrifty takes a little time and effort. A lot of trendy fitness classes have first-timer offers or deals when you first sign up, so it’s worth have a scout around different websites to check if you can sign up for a free trial or make a saving with a block booking. Social media is another place to pick up a discount code or trial offer, so always keep your eyes peeled when having your daily scroll.
Online fitness plans
Cheaper than a gym membership – and you can get sweaty in the comfort of your own home. What’s not to love about an online fitness regime? These have really grown in popularity over the last few years, so you’ll have plenty of plans to choose from. Perhaps try working out with TOWIE’s Lucy Mecklenburgh and her Results With Lucy programme or give Joe Wick’s 90 Day Plan a go?
This is a fitness membership that allows you to use 1,000s of gyms, studios and classes. MoveGB is a much more affordable way of trying out those swanky fitness studios you’ve always wanted to go to. There are flexible membership prices which means you can sign up to what you can afford and, depending on what you pay, you’ll get access to different clubs and classes. It’s currently in 21 cities across the UK, including London, Bristol, Manchester and Brighton.
Every little helps
Working exercise into your everyday life is the best way to make the good habit stick. Why not try turning your travel to work into an exercise opportunity? Consider walking, cycling or even running instead of having a stagnant commute sat in a car or on a bus. Or better yet, grab your bridesmaids for a post-work power walk around the park while you catch up on wedding plans.
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