Your fitness goals don’t have to fly out of the window just because it’s getting colder – nor does your bank balance have to take a hit. Instead, there are many ways for you to maintain your health and fitness for free over the autumn and into the winter. Here are three top tips that will help you on your mission.
1. Don’t join the gym
Yes, the gym will be more alluring than ever as the temperature turns colder and the nights draw darker. However, you should fight the urge to part with your hard-earned money. Even though the sun may not be shining during your morning run, it’s important to know that your body will actually be burning more calories than usual. This is because your body will use energy to heat itself up in the chilly weather. Ultimately, you can get more out of your outside exercise sessions than you ever could in the summer.
2. Drink tap water
It’s vital that you fall into a good sleeping pattern during the winter. After all, a lack of (or too much) slumber can leave you feeling fatigued, prone to illness and with a poor metabolism. In the process, this can mean that you struggle with your energy levels and gain weight. Therefore, drink tap water – rather than beverages high in sugar or caffeine – to help your body clock fall into a solid sleeping routine during daylight savings.
3. Warm up before exercise
Of course, it’s always advisable that you warm up before partaking in physical activity. That said, it’s more necessary to do so in winter. Why? Well, your muscles will be tighter because of the chilly conditions, meaning that it’s more likely you will suffer an injury. Any damage – such as a pulled muscle – can cost you money if you require over-the-counter medicine or days off work to recover. All in all, it can be rather costly to jump into exercise without spending a fair chunk of time warming up.
Winter is coming!
Winter will be in full force before you know it. Rather than take a financial hit during the season, just follow these top tips for staying fit without spending money. For more information on saving money, check out our handy cost-cutting vouchers.