August is here – I can’t believe how fast this year is going by – and already I am limbering up for a new month-long challenge. But this time I won’t be going it alone. MSN Money’s Katie Fluke is also taking part.
MSN have challenged us both to get fit on a budget. The idea is to explore how much it costs to get a beautiful bod in the city versus the country. Katie, who lives in London’s big smoke, will be representing the city in the contest and yours truly the country, so we will be pitted ruthlessly against each other!
The aim of the challenge is to get the healthiest body mass index or BMI on the lowest budget – not necessarily an easy task considering the shocking price of gym membership these days and the busy life many of us lead. Over the month we will be exploring all manner of ways to get fit, from joining the gym, trying out home-based fitness strategies, such as pilates balls, trampettes etc. and all that nature’s gym has to offer. What’s more, we’ll be looking at the hidden extras you wouldn’t necessarily expect to have to pay out for.
I have to admit this is going to be a tough task for me. Since I left school and the clutches of our wonderfully terrifying PE teacher Mr Stallard, my life has been that of a confirmed couch potato – interrupted only by a brief spell of gym membership three years ago which lasted all of two months. In a moment of madness I joined the former Holmes Place and membership was subsidised through my old job. But I only attended some tai-chi classes and swam about in the pool a bit before dropping out. I couldn’t muster the courage to brave the multi-gym complex on my own, fearing it would be full of lycra-clad, muscle-bound beauties, and although the gym arranged an induction for me, the instructor didn’t show up and I cowardly didn’t arrange another one. In the end, work got busy, the nights grew dark and dreary and I just couldn’t get the gym to fit into my routine. So, realising I was wasting £36 a month too, I dropped out.
This time around, though, I have a more flexible routine because I work from home, and so there are no more excuses not to get fit, whether that means finding a low cost gym or skipping around my back garden for free. So if you’ve got any tips do let me know!
Are you into health and fitness? How do you get fit? Do you think gym membership is too expensive or do you get what you pay for? Have you found cheaper ways to get the body beautiful? Leave a comment and let me know.