After an often brutal winter, spring is right around the corner. As it warms up, the impulse to be outside and enjoy better temperatures increases. Getting active again after a long winter may be on your “To Do” list.
But what about the costs associated with getting out and about? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get active without needing to spend a small fortune. Keep these tips from Timberwood Bank in mind as the weather warms up and you start gearing up for an active spring.
Don’t Overspend on Apparel
You need a good pair of shoes and quality socks, and that’s about it. Why overspend on high priced fitness apparel when it is only going to get sweaty? Old T-shirts will do. Plus if you are able to invest in a nice pair of shoes that last longer, you won’t have to pay two or three times for subpar shoes.
Walk or Run
Neither of these cost a thing and are great options for kids through grandparents. You only need to dress warm enough, put on your shoes and go. be sure to find your own private place to walk or run, too. Research has shown exercising in natural, greener settings benefits your mind as well as the rest of your body.
Move More at Work
Many of us may spend most days sitting at a desk. Every hour, get up and stretch and walk around for five to 10 minutes (or whatever is allowed). If possible try to get a workout in over your lunch. Breaking up sedentary activity is important for blood flow and to get your heart rate up a little bit during the day.
Channel Your Inner Yogi
Yoga is great for your body, your mind and your wallet. It helps to stretch and relax your muscles, and depending which type of yoga you do, can also get your heart going. And best of all, you don’t need any fancy equipment to do it. A yoga mat and the willingness to try something new is all it takes.
Involve Your Family
Getting the entire family active makes fitness a little more fun without necessarily increasing the costs of doing so. Family activities can be as simple as throwing around a frisbee or ball or playing yard games. Anything that gets you on your feet and moving with your family will do!
Being active, even if it’s only walking a couple of times a week, is still a boost to your health. If you need a boost for your finances, come talk to the staff at Timberwood Bank. We’ll help you find the right solution to whip your finances into shape.
Timberwood Bank, member FDIC