Anyone who knows me knows I am all about the low-cost ways for anything. This also goes for staying in shape as beauties you can tone up, even on a tight budget.
That’s right! If you think you need to spend a lot of money on gym memberships or body sculpting treatments, like CoolSculpting, that can go bad, think again!
It is possible to achieve the toned physique you desire even on the tightest budget, and Barbie’s Beauty Bits is here to share with you some low-cost ways to stay in shape. Here’s how:
Eating Healthy By Implementing The 80/20 Rule
Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule? To see results from working out, losing weight, or even maintaining overall health, it is an 80/20 balance. Meaning 80% of your results come from the food you eat, and only 20% come from your workouts.
Keeping a healthy weight can also be achieved by following the 80/20 diet philosophy. Eighty percent of the time, you should eat nutritiously, and for the remaining twenty percent, you can indulge in some types of less healthier foods.
Strict diets lead people to failure. It may not be so bad to indulge yourself here and there. Personally, I do a bit more conservative with a 90/10. But the goal is to eat well-balanced meals with fruit, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains to help you feel full and keep your system working due to the fiber and water content. The key to weight loss is to burn more calories than you consume, so portion control is essential.
Oh, and be sure to eat plenty of protein, as that will help you build the muscles that will give you a more toned shape. And do not forget to add a supplement of Probiotics as they are necessary for your body to break down food and support a healthy immune system. They may also promote weight loss.
Free Online Workout Videos And Fitness Apps
Offering Free? Yes, thanks to various apps, you can do any number of terrific free workouts at home!
Whether you are looking for a fitness class, personal trainer, exercise ball workouts, yoga, pilates, jumping rope to lose weight or get in shape to reach a fitness goal. There’s likely a fitness app or youtube video to suit your needs, no matter what type of workout or healthy meal prepping you prefer, for free or offered discount.
Start Interval Training At Home
You don’t need to teach indoor cycling or be an aerobics instructor to know that good cardio exercise is great at burning fat and improving muscle tone. But did you know that combining cardio with high-intensity interval training is an even more effective way of burning fat, building muscle, and toning up?
If you don’t see the results you expected with regular exercise, start doing intervals instead, and you will soon begin to look and feel more toned.
For example, you could perform a rowing machine workout that involves one minute of moderate-speed rowing with two easy minutes and complete for a total of 10 minutes.
And don’t forget your shoes. Great shoes go a long way, and you’ll want to wear shoes designed explicitly for those workout motions when doing cross-training or weight lifting.
There are even running shoes for that forward motion. They helped me and prevented my excuses for painful feet and/or ankles!
Walk Daily To Help You Stay Toned
Why not try walking for 30 minutes a day? As it can help you lose weight, control your blood sugar, and lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, and for me, it is a great way to reduce stress.
Even if you don’t have 30 minutes, you can always walk daily by adding short bursts of activity throughout the day. With a tad of planning, actions you may take for granted can become part of your fitness routine. For example…
Get a dose of exercise daily by walking around your neighborhood, walking to the mailbox, even during your lunch break. Consider taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Whenever possible, park further away from your destination to sneak in extra steps.
Add Weights To Your At Home Workouts
As well as using interval training to tone up and stay in shape, you might also want to add weights to your exercise regime. Why? Because weight training is excellent at adding definition to your body’s natural shape. You will lose fat more quickly while also building muscle to take its place, which means you will be tighter and leaner in no time.
Women often avoid weight training because they fear developing huge bodybuilder muscles. There’s no truth to this wives’ tale; you won’t look like she-Hulk. The opposite will happen: your body will tighten and tone, fat will burn, and your curves will be perfectly shaped.
Yes, it’s true. Just ask Jacque Crockford, a CSCS spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. Weight training and excess calories are two keys to gaining muscle mass, says Crockford. “If you do resistance training one to three days per week and don’t eat more calories than you expend each day, you’re not going to gain much muscle.”
Creating a solid, muscular base through weight training is the key to a tighter body-not, burning off every ounce of jiggle with cardio. Home weights have never been cheaper, so you don’t need to break the bank to get started.
Do you want to save money when it comes to using weight in your workout? You can even use some canned goods! Yep, I said it; many canned goods can serve double duty as hand weights.
Do Yoga At Home To Stay Fit And Toned
There are tons of free yoga training classes on YouTube and other areas of the internet, and they are ideal for apartment and small home workouts as they are not high impact.
Low-impact exercise is easier on your body — trust me your joints will thank you. It can also be an effective way to get a heart-pumping workout without risking injuries. Aside from that, your body weight provides enough resistance to create effective exercises.
Yoga offers a convenient way to tone every muscle in your body; weights can’t do this! According to numerous studies, yoga is excellent for your mental health, and it also decreases stress hormone levels and increases insulin sensitivity. How does this work? In layman’s terms, it tells your body to burn food instead of storing it as fat.
No matter your fitness level, yoga is an excellent way to a leaner, toner body! Can I get a hell yeah for this?
At Home Red Light Therapy For Weight Loss
Maintaining a healthy diet and working out should always be a priority. However, it is not always enough to help fat reduction, which is different from weight loss. One solution I’ve found highly effective to help reduce fat and look more toned is red light therapy for fat loss.
However, the cost of a visit to a clinic for this procedure is not budget friendly. But no worries, as there is a low-cost at-home approach to red light therapy. This is where the Lipo Wrap from Nushape comes into play, which offers the same “Red-Light Phototherapy Technology” used in a professional med-spa and weight loss clinics, but in a portable belt, you can use from the comfort of your home for a fraction of the cost.
And do not be fooled. Not all red light therapy is the same! The bottom line is that for it to be effective, you have to have the correct Nanometer waves. Nushapes Lipo Wrap offers clinical strength power density for effective fat loss treatment using both 635nm and 850nm near-infrared waves at a power density of 37 joules per cm with medical-grade LEDs.
To Sum It Up
So beauties, as you can see, you don’t need to join a gym or spend a lot of money to get toned and stay in shape. Don’t get caught up in memberships you can’t afford as an excuse. Instead, focus on achieving them without breaking your budget by implementing my Low-cost Ways To Stay In Shape. So what are you waiting for?