You know I struggle to resist anything preppy and American (it’s why Chace Crawford will forever be my dream man), so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered Russell Athletic had arrived in the UK, landing exclusively at Sainsbury’s. The iconic American brand offers a wide range of leisurewear and technologically advanced activewear – all inspired by collegiate sports and priced between £12-£30.
Committing to a healthy lifestyle can be really expensive. Gym memberships cost an arm and a leg, Gwyneth Paltrow-endorsed recipes are always 10x more expensive than a Big Mac, and stylish athleisure collections often come with a luxury price tag. So I truly think Russell Athletic is a wonderful addition to the British high street!
And if you’re currently struggling to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle whilst sticking to a strict budget, here are some tips and tricks to try…
SWAP GYM CLASSES FOR AT-HOME ROUTINES
If your finances can’t currently stretch to a monthly gym membership or sessions with a personal trainer there are plenty of free resources online that can help you maintain a healthy and strong body. Many of my friends swear by Yoga With Adriene‘s YouTube channel. I’ve tried a couple of Adriene’s at-home routines and am impressed by the variety of videos. There are tutorials for complete beginners, as well as routines for those with more experience.
And for at-home cardio and strength training try the fitness App Sworkit, which focuses on body-weight exercises that don’t require any equipment. You can tailor your programme to match your level – whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced. And all of the in-App workouts come with clear demonstrations so you can be sure you’re doing each exercise correctly.
BURN CALORIES WITHOUT EXERCISING
Everyone always says breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and there’s a good reason why. As Tess Earl, a trainer at F45 Double Bay in Sydney recently told bodyandsoul.com, “I’m forever trying to educate on how imperative it is for your metabolism to have breakfast. Breakfast should be eaten within half an hour of waking to ensure that your metabolism is firing early and continuously throughout the day. Why is metabolism so important? Because if you look after it properly your body will be burning calories when you’re not even exercising!”
So if you’re always skipping breakfast try everything in your power to change that habit. Because a healthy metabolism will help you produce real results when you make other lifestyle changes.
UTILISE EMPTY TIME
It can be really hard to make time for exercise. But it’s 100% possible – no matter how busy you are. When President Obama was in office one of my favourite memes read, “If Obama can find time to exercise so can you.” And the easiest place to start is by utilising every minute of empty time during your day.
Do short reps of push-ups, sit-ups and squats during the ad breaks of your favourite TV shows. Walk up the escalators on your commute to work, and take the stairs instead of the elevator once you reach the office. And if you travel to work by train or bus you could also get off one stop early on your way home and walk those extra 15-minutes.
These subtle changes obviously won’t give you the body of a Victoria’s Secret Angel, but they’ll lift your heart rate (which is so important if you’ve been sitting at a desk all day) and increase your daily step count.
Avoid unhealthy eating habits and emergency take-out orders by meal prepping at the beginning of each week. It will not only help to save you money, because you’ll only buy what you really need, but will also allow you to stick to a healthy routine and ultimately save time.
The Anna Edit recently published a great article about meal planning and how to get started. So if you’re tempted to give it a go download Anna’s free meal prepping guide and get an entire week of healthy dinners planned in advance.
How do you maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle while living on a budget? I’d love to hear your top tips. And are you excited about Russell Athletic’s arrival at Sainsbury’s? Leave a comment below to have your say…
~ This post was created in collaboration with Tu Clothing at Sainsbury’s. Thank you for continuing to support the sponsors that make Coco’s Tea Party possible. ~
Photos by Kylie Eyra