Summer in Southeast Texas – the events, the beach trips, and did we mention the heat? If you’ve lived “on the ride side of Texas” for more than a day or two, you know that summer here can get pretty sweltering. It’s hard to do anything that doesn’t involve a swimsuit and getting in the water. And let’s face it; we all want to look our best!
Fortunately, fitness and finance don’t have to compete. Keep reading for a few tips that will keep your summer bod lean and your cash flow green.
Don’t Go Crazy on Supplements
Focus on a clean diet filled with whole foods and take a basic multivitamin. It’s really about the work you put in, not the supplements.
Trendy Fitness Apparel is Nice, Not Necessary
“I’ll get some cute athletic clothes, and that will motivate me to work out.” Have any of you ladies ever thought this? Keep in mind that it’s about results, not your cute yoga pants. All you really need are some shorts, a t-shirt, and some comfy kicks.
Start at Home
It might take a little discipline, but you can get fit almost anywhere – even your house! Set aside a specific time to work out and do your best to limit interruptions. Turn your phone off, and if necessary, let friends / family know that you won’t be available for at least 30 minutes.
Prepare ahead of time and make a list of songs that motivate you. Make sure you’re doing exercises that target all of your muscle groups at least once a week, and no more than three times a week. Check out WebMD.com’s “6 Ways to Build a Better Body on a Budget” if you need a few exercise ideas to help you get started.
Turn Household Objects into “Gymware”
Weigh your soup cans on a scale and use them as weights or fill a jug with water and lift if up and down in front of you when you do squats. Use paper plates to help your body slide on carpet. Or, use pantyhose as resistance bands for stretching.
Find the Free Stuff
Most gyms, studios, and sometimes even churches offer free opportunities to work out! Don’t be shy about asking for a trial / guest pass. It will break up your routine and give you a chance to check out places you might want to work out in the future when your budget allows.
Also, keep an eye on social media for free fitness events. If you’re into yoga, Nederland’s Sacred Space hosts Yoga in the Park from time to time. And, during certain seasons, the McFaddin-Ward House has Mondays at the Museum once a month on the lawn.
Go for a Swim
Did we mention water earlier? If you know someone who has a pool, get their permission to take a dip. You won’t even feel like you’re working out.
Search YouTube for Inspiration
YouTube is an incredible resource when you’re looking for workout ideas. Check out YouTube channels Blogilates, BeFit, and POPSUGAR Fitness. Want a more “scenic” workout? Try the Tone It Up channel, and you’ll feel like you’re at the beach. Make it fun! Invite friends to come over and work out too. Reward yourself with a healthy snack or smoothie after you’re done.
Sign up for FREE Trials on Fitness Websites
Streaming isn’t just for Netflix! Sites like Pilatesology and YogaGlo offer free 10 – 15 day trials. You can attend virtual classes anytime, anywhere.
Play Sports at a Public Court
If you can bear the heat, get some friends together and head to the nearest public court. We love the Beaumont Athletic Complex on College Street! You can play just about anything there – volleyball, basketball, tennis, or baseball!
We hope you have a fabulous summer that’s full of fun and fitness! What do you to stay summer ready? If you have any frugal tips, leave a comment on our Facebook page!