Fitness for the Frugal

One of the things passed down to me by my dad, is that I am too, very frugal. I don’t like having to spend money on things I don’t need, or even on things that I want, but that are not a priority now.

 I try to cut luxuries since I’m not making a killing 😉 things I love but avoid are starbucks, pedicures, hair appointments, spa days, expensive restaurants, victoria secret, any store that is not Walmart, rue 21 or Ross and yes, the gym. I would love so much to have a gym membership and take spinning classes, and yoga classes and make use of the pool!! But for the past years, that wouldn’t have been a smart choice. If I was gonna splurge on anything it was to see my family. I take a lot of pride in my fitness not ever making use of a gym. As a runner, I’m lucky that my sport requires just a couple good running shoes. I don’t ever go to a real running store, as tempting as it is! I’m loyal to my $50 ascics and love some mizunos on sale when I can find them. No need to spend $170 on the newest trend in running shoes. Just know the support you need. That’s why ascics do so good for me, thick gel soles are my savior! I run like I’m in an elephant stampede, just stomping away. I tried to go even cheaper with sketchers, but that was a huge mistake, those soles didn’t last 2 weeks with the way I stomp.

Besides shoes, you need some good running clothes. I’m super frugal on this as well. Of course I’d love to have the newest lulemon yoga clothes or the latest Nike shorts, but my wallet just doesn’t agree with me 😉 Walmart has a great fitness clothes selection! 

This top and tights are both from Walmart, 2 tops for 10 bucks and 12 for the tights!!

And those are the sketchers I was talking about, pretty, but no good!

For yoga, you can get a yoga mat for under 10 bucks at Walmart as well! And while you’re there grab a kettle bell! They’re miracle workers!

Those are the only things I own for my workouts, a 20 pound kettle bell and my yoga mat. I use chairs, the couch, coffee table and any heavy milk or drink cartons in the house. 

If you live in the USA, you get to use the highschool track! I absolutely love to go to the track and have a different kind of workout every time I’m there. Sometimes I just work on the bleachers. Great to do jump squats! It’s nice to stay creative, that way things don’t get boring. 

Of course if you do have the money to spend on a gym, I say go for it. Don’t hesitate to ask fit people there for advise, they are more than happy to help! 

New Challenge

For 8 years now, running has been a huge part of my life.

 It has introduced me to my best friends in the whole world, helped me get a scholarship for college, helped me lose my freshman.. 35.. And has helped me keep a sane mind through many stressful situations. I love everything about it, being in nature, just by myself, listening to music, and of course staying fit. I’m not a natural born athlete, I lose my fitness insanely fast. I remember when I first started, couldn’t even run a mile.. And look at me now, last month me and my BFFs ran our 3rd marathon. 26.2 miles of pleasure and torture.. As great as my love is to get out on the road, just me and my favorite shoes, it gets tough on my body. Especially since I’m tall, I often feel my back aching, begging me to “take it easy,” which is not in my vocabulary. Since Charlie has many back problems I started looking online.. Yea I’m one of those 😉 I found many articles of people that have “cured” their aches and pains with yoga. I had tried yoga a few times, but didn’t have the patience to ever stick with it. But for the last few weeks I’ve forced myself to try it and see how it would work for me. And wow.. Only a few weeks in and I already have fallen in love with it! So many challenges!! Starting off I was so impressed with the headstand, I tried it a couple times for fun and couldn’t even push my body up over my head against the wall.. 

But look! Just a few weeks of daily practice and unflexible me can hold a headstand! I feel improvement by the day, which I love, since I’m not a patient person. Yesterday I did a variation of the side crane pose

I’m excited to see where my newly found yoga challenge will take me. If anything the flexibility will surely help my running stride. 

And for helping with back pain, usually working promos, my back will acke within a few hours. This weekend I worked standing in heels for 3 days. Although my feet felt like death, my back hadn’t hurt one bit the whole weekend! I’m looking forward to making more progress in the next months ☺️🙏