I’m on a budget, so I’m hoping to find some healthy meal solutions that are inexpensive, and a weight loss program that doesn’t require joining an online program or a gym. I’m a young college student on a college student’s budget. Any advice would be helpful. I want to turn my life around so that I don’t die at a young age.
I’m glad you are trying to turn things around in your life. It’s never too late to start exercising and get healthy. My advice to you would be to get checked by a physician first, before you start working out to make sure everything is in order. Then you can engage in any fitness program you wish.
All of the information given in the other posts is very good. I would seek the advice of a nutritionist or a dietitian before starting any program, since these professionals can provide you with a more accurate and customized diet that is best for you. It’s also easier to follow a diet when you know you have someone to be accountable to. Second, if you don’t want to spend money on a trainer, join a gym that offers a variety of fitness classes. This way you will be following a fitness program that is taught by an instructor and along with the rest of the participants in these classes, you will stay motivated and have better chances to stick with it. Sometimes trying to do it alone is not always the best way and it might not last. Third, you can then refer to the many different online programs that are available and use them to add variety to your exercise routine. Last, if none of the above works or if you reach a plateau then I would seek the help from a Personal Trainer or Instructor, because they will be able to switch things up and make it work for you. If you are serious about getting this right, then cutting corners might not be the best way to go. Best of luck to you!
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With regards, Miroslava,
First off, congratulations for taking the first steps towards reaching your goals by seeking out advice on how to start!
I’ve got a few recommendations that will hopefully help you get started on the path to healthier living. You can find them below:
1) If you have an iPhone/other smartphone check out these apps:
-Fitocracy: it’s basically a social network for those looking to improve their fitness. Here’s a quote about it directly from their website: “Get addicted to fitness just like a video game, only you level up in real life. Join the best fitness community on the planet and get in the best shape ever.”
-Nike Training Club: a fantastic resource with a ton of free workouts. The app even lets you choose a workout based on your current fitness level. This means that beginner, intermediate, and/or advanced exercisers can be provided with workouts/specific exercises that are both safe and challenging.
2) There’s a great blog called, “Don’t Waste the Crumbs” whose tagline is, “A real food journey“on a real budget.” As I’m sure you probably could have guessed, the blog is all about eating healthier without having to spend a fortune. I’d recommend you check it out if eating on a budget is essential – here’s the link: www.dontwastethecrumbs.com
3) ACE (American Council on Exercise) has an awesome, free database of workouts/exercises that was recently made available to the public. You can find it by going to their website (http://www.acefitness.org/), clicking on the right side of the page where it says “GET FIT,” and then exploring from there.
If none of my recommendations sound appealing to you please let me know. I’d be more than happy to make some other suggestions for you. Best of luck!