QC Health Coach Holley Blaser says fitness doesn’t have to break the bank! Read our “Eight Weeks to a Better You!” In Week #5, we’re talking fitness gimmicks and why your health journey shouldn’t break the bank. Holley Blaser and Registered Dietitian Jeni Tackett, Rock Valley Physical Therapy, show you how.
Don’t Break the Bank with Nutrition Supplements, Gadgets and other Fads
Holley Blaser on Toning Gadgets:
Fitness gimmicks like the shake weight, thigh master, and ab belt are a great source of entertainment and conversation among exercise specialists, and, yes, a few of these gadgets make me giggle!
Ask yourself the following questions before you pounce on the next ‘toning’ gadget:
- Can you see yourself using this gadget for the next 20+ years?
- What does the research from the accredited sources such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Council of Exercise (ACE), or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) say about this item? Is it safe and effective? Is this a smart economic decision? See the next section about saving money!
While ANY movement is better than NONE, I do get nervous about the safety precautions with certain fitness equipment. But, I’m here to support people who are putting in the effort to move more, even if it is with a piece of equipment that makes me giggle a bit!
Jeni Tackett on Dietary Supplements:
You do not have to take expensive meal-replacement shakes or nutrition supplements to be healthy or to lose weight.
Weight-loss products are a huge money-making business. I am skeptical whenever someone is trying to sell me something.
Nutrients are actually better absorbed from foods. Unless you are diagnosed with a nutrient deficiency and prescribed a supplement, you should be able to meet your needs with foods.
Eating a plant-based, healthy diet is the best way to get the nutrients you need.
Liquid meal replacements do not give the satisfaction of chewing. Liquids are also digested quickly, leaving you hungry and unsatisfied.
Eating whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products will supply the nutrients you need, and fill up your stomach for a more satisfying meal.
Can you imagine yourself drinking meal replacement shakes 20 years from now?
If not, stick with real foods that are satisfying and provide the nutrients and fiber you need for health.
Where you buy your food makes a big difference. Stores like Aldi and Wal-Mart offer low cost and a variety of fruits and vegetables at great prices.
Buy fruits and vegetables in season for optimal flavor and best price. Turn to frozen fruits and vegetables in the off-season. Shop the store or generic brands instead of the name-brand products. You can save money by shopping in bulk, especially for large families.
Cutting back on dining out can save you money and improve your diet. Eating a healthy meal at home is much more cost-effective, and can be lower in calories, fat, and sodium. Add variety to your diet by searching online healthy recipe sites:
Holley on Affordable Fitness Options:
We often hear clients say they can’t afford to get healthy. But consider the medical and lifestyle costs of chronic illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease! You can’t afford NOT to get healthy!
Get Moving at All Costs!
From gym memberships to free fitness apps, there’s a level of investment that fits any budget, that only requires you to own a pair of tennis shoes.
- If purchasing a gym membership will help you adhere to an exercise program – get a membership and start moving!
- If a gym membership is too costly for you, lace-up a pair of supportive shoes and head to the mall and start moving!
- If you have a hard time adhering to a walking regimen at the mall (or anywhere weather permitting), join a group fitness class and start moving!
- If a group setting is intimidating, consider a personal trainer to help familiarize yourself with exercises and equipment.
- If a personal trainer is too costly, consider purchasing a DVD or use YouTube and stream a fitness professional talking through exercises and safety precautions and start moving!
- If you hadn’t planned on going to the store this week, search your App Store, download a FREE fitness app, and start moving!
Perhaps the biggest barrier to fitness is our perceived cost of time.
Put your health first and schedule less phone or TV time. In the long run, you can help reduce the costs of illness or disease later.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money when it comes to good health. Lace up your shoes today and your personal payoff will be big in the future!
|Meet Jeni Tackett, Let’s Move Quad Cities Nutrition Blogger. Jeni is a registered and licensed dietitian for Unity Point-Trinity and Two Rivers YMCA. Jeni counsels her clients on weight loss and nutrition. You can read Jeni’s bio and other blog posts by clicking here.|
|Aryn Lloyd, Cody Lichthardt, and Holley Blaser are personal trainers at Rock Valley Health. You can read their bios and other blog posts by clicking here.|