A fitness regime is de rigeuer. However, finding out what works for your physical and financial health can be tough. ET Wealth weighs the pros and cons.
1. HEAD TO THE GYM
Gym membership: Rs 8,000 for 3 months
Take that membership if you are keen on a regime that includes weight training and cardio. The rewards are stronger muscles and better stamina.
It can be difficult to stay motivated when working out alone. It is also easy to lose steam if you don’t see quick results.
2. HIRE A PERSONAL TRAINER AT GYM
Gym membership: Rs 8,000 gym membership (3 months) and Rs 6,000 for trainer (per month)
A personal trainer can be an invaluable guide when it comes to getting your form right while exercising. They also advice on diet. Specialised guidance will expedite your progress and prevent injuries.
Depending on a trainer could limit your motivation to work out on your own, and it is expensive too.
3. CROSS-FUNCTIONAL TRAINING
Gym membership: Rs 13,000 for 3 months
This involves a high intensity workout aimed at overall fitness. It’s usually a group fitness class with a new plan for each day so you are unlikely to feel stuck or get bored with your regime.
Idea of functional training is to keep pushing your physical limits. This can backfire as straining your body beyond what it can take or with a weak core can lead to serious injuries. This probability is high as the trainer’s attention is divided among the group.
4. DO THE ZUMBA
Gym membership: Rs 3,500 per month (20 sessions)
Zumba and aerobics involve constant body movement to the beat of music. Dancing makes the experience fun, whereas continuous movement helps exhaust the body slowly but effectively. The overall benefit is weight loss and better stamina.
These exercises may not work for someone looking for a quick 30-40 minutes of high intensity workout.
5. SAY YOGA
Gym membership: Rs 2,000 per month for group yoga (20 sessions) and Rs 500 per session for personal yoga trainer
Helps increase flexibility, reduces stress and aids weight loss. Best for people with chronic illnesses and joint ailments as it does not involve strenuous workouts.
Stretching and twisting can make you prone to injuries. Yoga should only be performed under professional supervision.
6. EAT HEALTHY MEALS
Rs 9,000 (22 meals) Keto diet plan and Rs 5,400 (22 meals) weight loss plan
These meals delivered at your doorstep make healthy eating convenient and regular. The meals are a good balance of nutrition and taste, unlike usual bland healthy meals.
It can be extremely expensive to eat such meals on a regular basis. Discontinuing after one subscription may break constancy and you may go back to eating unhealthy again.
7. GO JOGGING
No fees required
Helps improve cardiovascular fitness, which means less chances of developing heart-related diseases. It also strengthens your leg muscles. It is an ideal exercise for weight management as you can burn up to 300 calories in 30 minutes.
If you want to lose weight, jogging alone may not show significant results within a short time.
8. GET A HOME GYM AND A TRAINER
Rs 3,550 per month rent of equipments and Rs 700 per session for personal trainer
Works best for those looking to lose weight quickly. It would be difficult to skip sessions with a trainer coming to your doorstep.
Renting the basics like a treadmill, cross-trainer and weight set can be costly. It makes financial sense only for a short duration of 3-4 months.