The health and fitness industry generates billions of pounds every year by convincing people that they must have a gym membership and the most expensive workout supplements. The truth is that you don’t need any of that to shed some weight.
Exposing the myth
If you’ve never had a gym membership, keep it that way. We understand that you want to shed some pounds, but is the gym really the only place where you can work up a sweat? Of course it isn’t!
It is beggars’ belief that so many people pay hundreds of pounds for a gym subscription, only to use the treadmill every day. We’d like to let you in on a secret: the pavement outside your front door is perfect for walking on. Oh, and it doesn’t cost you a penny.
Skip yourself slim
One of the most effective exercises you can do is a spot of good old-fashioned skipping. Give it a go! Have you ever noticed any of the big sports companies telling you to go skipping? Of course you haven’t – skipping ropes are cheap and won’t bolster their profits.
We’re also being told that expensive protein shakes are the way forward. Unless your targets include becoming an elite-level athlete, shelling out for powdered protein is another giant waste of hard-earned money.
At the end of a workout – be it a brisk walk, a jog or a game of football – simply drinking a glass of milk and eating a banana is a highly effective way to refuel.
Step away from the dumbbells
Everybody has at least one friend who has shelled out on a set of dumbbells, only to use them a handful of times before putting them away to gather dust in the spare bedroom. Too many people purchase weights with unrealistic expectations in mind.
Forget about buying a set of weights. Push-ups can be done anywhere, and they give you a great upper body workout.
The message is simple: ditch the gym, ditch the protein shakes and ditch the home workout kit. You’re better off putting the money towards a week in the sun!