It seems like it is a big investment in time and money to make a healthy lifestyle change. It is but you can be smart about it. I don't see much about it on here so I'll write my advice.
Gear that's worth it and will help you on your entire journey
Workout mat for 10 bucks
It's worth it because having it around will lead to you working out more. When you work out at home you don't have to pay monthly for the gym and for transport to the gym... It also takes valuable time to get to the gym. You won't find getting fit easier with a membership if you already struggle to pay for gas or the bus or if you have limited time to work out.
Sneakers are expensive as hell. Especially good supportive running shoes. Keep an eye out online and go straight to the clearance rack. I don't really go clothing shopping and you don't need expensive high tech fabrics.. The most important thing is to buy sneakers because you could seriously injure your feet and legs (which can screw with your work). That's why sneakers are a good investment even if its the only thing you get.
They are the only thing really necessary for strength training and will make all your floor workouts more effective for your entire body. They are very versatile and their are ways to strengthen each part of your body. You can find them all on skimble.
Tips for scoring cheap health foods
Whole grain organic bread is always 3x as much money? Wrong! County kitchen and other bread companies have stores in most major cities and towns where they make the bread onsite! Every loaf is 99 cents at these discount stores (even whole grain) stock up to save time and keep the rest in the freezer.
Bananas and oranges are so cheap
natural peanut butter is great for you and can be on sale for 2.50 a jar.
Whole grain and brown rice are cheap
Your local dollar tree may have discount low cal or healthy snacks like nature valley protein bar 5 packs, bags of mixed nuts or cashews, or no sugar added dole grapefruit section 6 packs. They also their own version of wheat thins. All for a buck.
Price chopper will have 75 cents off still good greek yogurts (go for low sugar or plain kinds you can mix honey in) you might think they're all going bad tommorow but check the dates. They may be overstocked and often they are still good for 5 days!
Walmart has frozen bags of salmon portions for 4.50.. They contain 5 or 6 servings.
Pita bread with sauce and fat free ricotta cheese heated up (low fat pizza)
1bag of steam stirfry veggies with rice and 1lb of chicken breast (5 to 6 bucks for 2 or 3 people)
Chicken, cottage cheese, can of black beans, and black bean and corn salsa
( throw it in Tupperware and take it to work! Or in a pita )
Make a tuna sandwich on your wheat bread with the yogurt instead of mayo.. If its to boring add some relish. Turkey breast sandwiches are great too!
Hope this helped :)
Great post Sam! I was thinking about doing a similar post but you beat me to it, lol.
Totally agree on the equipment: a mat and some dumbbells are surprisingly effective. And if the dumbbell set is too pricey; even just one Kettlebell is extremely versatile and can work the entire body! And let's not forget about simple bodyweight exercises...serious total body strength and conditioning can be attained with just bodyweight moves.
As for food, totally agree again! Bananas are super cheap! And if you stick to the basics, like chicken, fish, ground turkey, eggs, brown rice, frozen veggies, fruit, etc... You can eat healthy without spending a fortune at whole foods.
I never look at the frozen meats. Thanks