17 Jan

Written by Kristin on January 17, 2018

Ah, New Year’s resolutions. We all start the year with the best of intentions, joining gyms, looking into learning new languages, and planning to save money, lose weight and finally take that big holiday abroad. But real life often sets in right about the end of the month, and then you realize you probably don’t have the time to or can’t afford to do half the things on your list. The thing is, when this happens you just need to draw up a new, slightly more realistic list instead of binning all your resolutions and eating cake all day whilst binge watching The Crown yet again.

So for starters, let’s take a look at one of the biggest resolutions people make: getting healthy! It doesn’t need to be expensive or very time consuming to make small changes in your life. I’ve blogged about the Louise Parker Method before, and it really helped me get on track last year after a few months of eating rather poorly and not getting enough exercise. Mostly it involves cutting out things like sugar and alcohol from your diet for a six-week period, and doing daily exercises. You can find the book, as well as the accompanying cookbook for £16 each (£4 off cover price) at The Book People, plus if you buy both, use our code for free delivery and a free gift on orders over £20.

As for joining a gym, you have to be brutally honest with yourself and weigh the pros and cons to determine if the cost is worth it. Is it close to your home or office? Do they have the machines, facilities, and amenities that will keep you interested and wanting to come back? How many times a week would you realistically go? If you’re the type of person who just wants to use the elliptical machine or treadmill, buying a good quality treadmill would be less money in the long run (no pun intended). Sweatband.com are having a flash sale today featuring the Xterra Trail Racer 3.0 Treadmill for £599 (normally £1299!).

If you enjoy a group workout class like yoga, pilates, or Zumba, YouTube is an amazing resource for free workout videos. I’m a big fan of the Blogilates channel on YouTube, personally. Even if you do belong to a gym, there are days when it’s cold, rainy, or you just don’t feel like leaving the house. When I don’t have time to go to a class, I like using a free smartphone app like FitStar Yoga. Louise Parker also has her own app that’s quite useful for tracking your meals, exercises, etc.

In terms of eating, buying loads of healthy foods can get expensive, especially if you like to shop organic. Use our Waitrose codes to save a bit on your weekly grocery shop, plus you can’t beat the time-saving aspect of having it delivered straight to your door. Other services like Campbells Meat will deliver high-quality beef, pork, lamb, fish, and more, making it really easy for you to plan out the week’s meals and not have to go out shopping (more time for working out!). We’ve got a code for £32 off the winter steak box, making it only £29 for 3kg of meat to feed your family!

Finally, you can’t go and exercise without some proper workout clothing and trainers, can you? Sports Direct are a great source for discounts on running shoes, and I’m a little bit in love with this Adidas UltraBoost pair in black and pink, on sale for £90. They’ve also got loads of leggings, tops, tracksuits, and accessories for almost any sport you can think of on sale!

 

 

 

 

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