Welcome back graduates! Life After Uni had a great vacation and now we’re back for more. Apologies for the delay in delivering the new website, we’re working on it.
Now, graduate gymming! Gyms have surged in price, I can’t find anything for less than £40 a month or a contract-free subscription. So I’ve come up with a neat little list of stuff you can do / try / buy that won’t break the bank and will help you to feel trim and toned as you walk forth in Life After Uni. Remember to consult your GP before undertaking new exercises.
Very neat, check this out. I’ve never been a fan of skinny exercise mats, this one is about an inch of foam so will provide great support, as well as being almost six foot in length, compared to most mats that are four feet or so. It also has some exercises printed on it to get you started! Have a look around other sites to find a mat for your budget. Will be helpful when it comes to hitting up YouTube for exercises (below).
A blessing in disguise. Discount sports shopping for every style and size. The bigger stores have a running department with footwear experts that can advise on the right shoe for your type of step, weight or style of exercise. I purchased these and they are looovely, it feels like you’re bouncing on air. So £28 for a decent pair of running shoes that actually look all right with jeans too. I’ve also bought a couple of pairs of tracksuits, sports underwear, swimming caps, goggles, tennis t-shirts – and I never quite feel guilty as, at 90% off sometimes, it definitely suits my budget.
eHow has made this channel – pretty neat, have a look around. The yoga one is a bit weird, but they’ve got vids for ab and strength workouts. My favourite however is Nike Training Club - it has an iPhone only app (guh) but their YouTube channel is awesome. Two hundred or so drills to make your heart race. I was thinking of opening them on my phone and taking it to the park because my living room definitely isn’t big enough.
If you live in an area that is benefitting from the sports influence of the Olympics this year, you might find some council funded sports facilities that are considerably cheaper than private gyms. Try Googling something like the name of your council + sports + free gym. They may also offer classes, swimming pools, or have local teams that need new members. This is a good way to get out the house to train for cheap as well as maybe meeting some like-minded sporty people.
Now let’s get out there and get fit fit fit!