Eating well, exercising regularly and stressing less are great goals to aim for – but let’s face it, they come at a (top) price. And with headlines screaming about a double-dip recession on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that money, not health, takes priority.

In fact, a survey by the World Cancer Research Fund found that a third of Brits don’t exercise regularly because gym memberships are too costly. Well, we say you can have your organic veggies and eat them too! We’ve tracked down the best ways to fight fat and boost health without splashing the cash.

Create Your Own Gym

According to research by www.crunch.co.uk, we spend US$55.5 million a year on unused gym subscriptions! If you don’t use it, ditch it and make a home gym instead. ‘Exercise doesn’t have to be expensive,’ says Anna Reich, personal trainer for Simple. ‘Even weight training can be done at home using water bottles. ’ Fill two bottles with liquid – 1l equals roughly 1kg – and, voila, you have homemade dumbbells! Want to go one better? Invest in low-cost kit like resistance bands or a stability ball.

Description: ‘Even weight training can be done at home using water bottles. ’

‘Even weight training can be done at home using water bottles. ’

Put It On Ice

Think fresh is best? Think again. Scientists from the Institute of Food Research claim frozen veggies are more nutritious. It can take two weeks for fresh produce to reach our plates, losing up to 45 per cent of nutrients en route. ‘Frozen produce often works out cheaper and is just as healthy,’ says Caroline Farrell of Essential Nutrition (www.essential-nutrition.co.uk). ‘Opt for antioxidant-rich frozen foods like berries.’

Shop ’Til You Drop

A study by the University of the West of England found that the price of organic meat was 37 per cent higher at supermarkets than farm stores, so it’s worth seeking out your local producers. Fancy organic veggies?  ‘Spend money on produce that’s been exposed to fewer pesticides,’ tips Caroline. Log on to the www.ewg.org/foodnews to read the Dirty Dozen Pesticides in Produce list, or download its free app to your phone, to work out when to spend or save.

Race For Life

What’s the secret to a long life? According to the Copenhagen City Heart Study, it’s jogging. Apparently , running at an easy pace for one to two hours a week can increase life expectancy by five-and-a-half years. ‘You don’t need the latest gear to run,’ says life coach Gerry Henderson (w ww.positivevitality.co.uk). ‘And, it will help you de-stress. ’ Struggling to get motivated? Join the two million UK workers who run on their lunch break, according to sportswear company Helly Hansen. Alternatively, turn your commute into a workout. ‘I recommend running home from work three times a week, and getting a bus half way if it’s too far,’ says personal trainer Dan Roberts (www.danrobertstraining. com). ‘It’s a great way to unwind and get a toned butt!’

Bake In Bulk

‘Swapping ready meals for homemade food will save loads of money,’ says Gerry. ‘Cook soups and casseroles in bulk and freeze what you don’t use.’ You can also make several meals from one dish; a simple whiz z in the food processor will turn vegetable curry dinner into your lunchtime soup! ‘You could also try the paleo diet,’ adds celebrity trainer James Nielsen (w ww.nielsenfitness.co.uk). ‘The foods on this diet – meat, fish, fruit and veg – are relatively inexpensive and healthy.’

Description: ‘Swapping ready meals for homemade food will save loads of money,’ says Gerry.

‘Swapping ready meals for homemade food will save loads of money,’ says Gerry.

Grow Your Own

‘One of the cheapest ways to ensure the food you’re eating is fresh is to grow your own,’ claims Louisa Popplewell, head of nutrition at Nuffield Health. ‘The vegetables you grow will be tastier than the shop-bought version.’ Experts from the American College of Sports Medicines also found gardening burns more than 300 calories an hour!

Bend And Stretch

Stress is linked to high blood pressure and it also causes weight gain. ‘The stress hormone, cortisol, has been linked to fat around the tummy, ’ says James. How to de-stress? Yale researchers compared the effects of meditation and yoga on hypertension, pronouncing yoga the winner. Search the internet or your stash of Women’s Fitness magazines for poses to do at home. ‘Squat in seated prayer pose when potting plants,’ says Dan. ‘It’s a great way to stretch muscles.’

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