Do you ever go back and forth, contemplating whether you should spend some money on healthy protein bars, shakes and gym membership, or whether you would rather just keep that cash for a fun night out or even a holiday? Truth is, I think about it all the time and have recently decided it’s time to truly invest in myself, physically and mentally.
This might sound shallow in a way, but I can easily lose confidence in myself when I’m not on top of my physical health. According to the Help Guide Organisation, exercise helps with a lot of mental health issues such as anxiety, stress and even depression. See, working out, staying healthy or doing physical exercises can, of course, improve your physical health and even add a few years to your life, but the biggest factor that motivates people to stay active is that it gives an enormous sense of well-being.
Exercising can give you more energy, helps you release a more positive attitude and also put you in a more relaxed mindset. So when I asked myself whether it was worth it for me to spend some extra money on a personal trainer and some protein bars before my holiday, I realised I was silly to even ask myself that question. Why wouldn’t I want to invest in myself and my body if it could benefit myself in my everyday lifestyle as well as my well being?
So as soon as I decided that I would much rather live a peaceful and healthy lifestyle, especially as I was getting ready to go on a 3 week holiday with my boyfriend, I did a great deal of research, because although I was happy to invest in myself, I wasn’t going to say yes to anything. But you also have to keep your budget in mind, so if this is the first time you’re looking to spend money on working out/supplements etc. there are a few steps you can follow before thinking about spending the big cash. Don’t worry, some of the options below are very affordable, and you’ll be surprised at how investing in a simple resistance band could change your vision of exercise.
Step 1 – For the beginners
If you haven’t yet, I would find a studio where they offer yoga or meditation classes near you. You’ll easily find flyers with different classes if you look around at your local coffee shop or gym. This is an affordable way to start taking care of yourself because you’ll be paying for the lesson, and not be stuck to a monthly membership.
Regarding supplements, most professionals recommend using vitamins to keep your energy up, but I would also recommend herbal tea and natural detox methods such as BooTea, Skinny Tea, or T2 detox tea. These teas are very popular and usually on offer in stores such as Holland and Barrett.
Step 2 – For the Intermediates
If you’re more like me and enjoy HIIT training but are not completely ready to sign up for an expensive yearly gym membership, you can get yourself a few home equipment that won’t take too much space in your home, but will keep you fit and happy. There are a few YouTube channels I would recommend, which we’ve mentioned before such as PopSugar and Sean Vigue, but you can also do your research on IG and find profiles which look good to you, such as Chessie King, Alice, and even Joe Wicks. You can always DM them as well if you want tips, some are more than happy to answer!
I would, however, suggest you sign up to 1 or 2 classes a week and combine both yoga and meditation, with high-intensity classes with coaches. There are plenty of affordable gyms in London such as Pure Gym, Fitness First, and if you check Money Saving Experts, you can sometimes find free coupons for day trips!
Regarding supplementation, if you’re looking to do more than natural teas, I would strongly recommend you see a professional. It can honestly be a headache to choose between all the products out there and they will be the best person to guide you according to your lifestyle, health and age. However, we have recently discovered plenty of online startups which, after a series of questions, give you a personalised recommended list of supplements that could be good for you. Such as Vitamin Buddy, Take Care Of, and Herba Life.
Step 3 – For the Super Motivated
This third step is if you’re on the same plateau as me, where working out at the gym, at home and eating healthy doesn’t seem to be making much of a difference. Which is the place where I’m at right now and have decided to choose a personal fitness coach for intense training for a month or two. This was obviously a huge decision, especially in regards to my budget but I am confident I will feel happier and better after these couple of months.
Choosing the right coach for you takes a lot of research.For one, make sure you look at all the different types of training the coaches offer at your gym, whether its weights, boxing etc. Secondly make sure your goal is clear in your heard, whether its weight loss, toning or strengthening because a coach will only be able to help you out if he/she knows what you’re looking to achieve. Once you’ve chosen a person you think is a good match, ask them if they have seen results of their work in the past, for example, photos of their past clients, and ask them if they work out themselves (sounds silly but some really don’t). Unfortunately for us, becoming a PT is easier than you would think, and you don’t want an amateur to text his friends whilst he is making you run on the treadmill.
So here is a list of signs that will easily help you decide which PT is best for you:
- a PT should never make you run on the treadmill during your lesson (except to test your fitness)
- they should know more about you than you know about them.
- never should they have their phones in their hands whilst you’re doing push-ups (or whatever else).
- they should be able to show you your progress, and logging your fitness levels as you go.
What Others Think
I think it’s important to take care of your body! Working out is super important, personal trainers are a great tool if that’s what’s going to work for you! Protein powders are great to help with before and after a workout to help you recover better and be able to keep going throughout your day! Mainly, you have to see what works for you and your budget! Brit, 27, Mother of two
I don’t find it necessary to spend money on coaches, supplements or anything that has to do with workout out. I think for me the most important is keeping up with your morning meditation routine, and spending money on a nice and comfortable yoga mat. However, I do spend a lot of my money on fresh vegetables, and vegan products. I guess it all depends on what you need. Sarah, 30, Banker.
First thing I do in the morning is head to my (quite) snazzy gym, workout and hit the steam room. Sometimes I won’t have time to drink my protein shake or workout and it can completely alter my mood. For me personally investing in myself is my top 1 priority, and my budget is only secondary. Matt, 28, Real Estate Agent.
I love yoga but I do have a hectic lifestyle so the fact that I pay £100 a month for my gym membership really motivates me to hit the gym at least 3 times a week, and it’s the only reason why I’m able to stay fit. Meg, 27, Website designer.
The most important thing when it comes to exercise is knowing what you want to achieve and what makes you happy. Some people get that type of therapy through travelling, going shopping etc. But if exercising feels good for you, then you should do it. I personally like to exercise on my own, I can’t afford a coach and don’t really find the necessity for protein bars, but I do a lot of research and understand that reaching your goal is really hard, but I like the challenge. Sasha, 27, waiter.
All to say that if you’re thinking about spending a bit more time and effort into your working out habits, then you should, because it won’t only benefit your body, but also your mind and well being.
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