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How to stay fit and healthy on a student budget

Staying healthy should be a priority when you're a student. The good news is it does not have to be expensive. So you can start following our tips today.
BY Sylvia Nankivell |   30-04-2018

Fitness is of critical importance to our well-being. Exercise is important to maintain brain health and research has recently shown that regular exercise can actually increase the size of your brain, particularly the part that’s responsible for memory and learning. So it can even help with our studies. And the good news is, staying fit and healthy doesn’t have to cost a fortune– good news for those on a tight student budget!
Here are a few ways you can stay fit for less:

Gym memberships
Gym membership costs can soon add up. And if you’re not planning on using it frequently, it may not be as great of a deal as you first thought. But if you’re planning on joining a gymthe UK,it can be a good idea to shop around to see if any of your local gyms are offering special prices for studentsor even free trials. Big name gyms often have free trial periods, which can be a great way of checking out the gym and getting use of the facilities for free. It can also help you decide if a gym membership is going to be right for you in the long run.
Workout at home
If you really want to save money and get fit then working out at home can be ideal. If you search on YouTube you’ll find all sorts of free workouts. Whether you’re looking for aerobics, zumba, crossfit, yoga, pilates, or even dance workouts, there is something to suit every style of workout.
This means you can work out in your own time, at your own pace,and in your own home. And if you need equipment, you can compare costs of fitness gear online to make sure you’re getting the best value.
For other types of workouts you could also search in charity shops or online for workout DVDs.
Get outdoors
While this might sound obvious, getting outdoors is a great way of boosting your health and fitness. Being in nature has lots of health benefits, including improved mental health and physical health. It can help you relax, lower blood pressure and improve your heart health. Plus, being outside will likely mean you’re being active, which is a lot better for your health than sitting on the couch. Cycle through the park or take a walk; no gym membership required.
In the UK, you can even find a local ParkRunevent. These are organised throughout the UK and are free to join. They take place every week and because you’d be running with a large group of people, you might find it more encouraging, especially if you’re not much of a runner.
Fitness Apps
Whether you have an Android or Apple phone, there are dozens of free apps that can track your health and fitness. These types of apps can help you set fitness goals and can encourage you to keep up with your workouts and achieve your goals. Some apps will even help you count your calories, which can be great if you’re planning to eat more healthily or want to stick to a certain eating plan.
Take the Stairs
Making one simple change to your daily routine can have a huge impact on your health and fitness. Instead of taking the lift, take the stairs. And if you would normally jump on a bus to head a couple of miles down the road, consider walking or cycling instead - you’ll be surprised how much bus fare you can save!

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