What To Do On Date Night (When You’re Broke)

I do like dates. I’ve mentioned this many times but its true. I went on a date yesterday and it was awesome. Trad and old man bars can’t be beat, especially when it came in at less than a tenner (I drank a lot of diet coke.)

I tend to be broke. I’ve also mentioned this many times before. So I like my dates to be cheap and cheerful. So here’s some stuff to do when your wages don’t want to make friends with wine.

10 Cheap Date Ideas

  1. Home movie night – its been done to death but its still way cheaper than going to the cinema. Plus you can watch gangster movies and make inappropriate comments. Et cetera.
  2. Play board games – play strip board games if you’re feeling saucy.
  3. Go to an art gallery – pretend you understand all the nuances of art. Act pretentious. Drink free wine if they’re offering.
  4. Go on an adventure – even if this just means wandering around your suburb. Look for places to  hide. Make up background stories for loitering teenagers. Hold hands.
  5. Cook! – I don’t care how un-feminist-ly traditional it is, I like cooking dinner for people. It’s why people keep me around.
  6. Get your skates on – roller or ice depending on the time of year. Laugh when you fall on your ass 🙂
  7. Go to the park – Or forest as the case may be. Hit up the playground until the warden throws you out for being old.
  8. See a band – local bands are usually free and surprisingly good. Then hit up a nightclub on a monday. Free too.
  9. See some animals – go to the zoo or the aquarium or a farm. If even that is too dear, go to a shelter and see if any cats or dogs break your heart enough to take one home. Inevitably leaving you with less money.
  10. Get the shift – no explanation required.
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Workout On A Budget: 30 Day Challenge

As a college student, I know the pain of being stereotypically poor and having one too many nights of cider and pizza. I’m not a member of a gym and I own nothing more expensive than a pair of dumbbells and a yoga mat, but I believe that anyone can workout, get fit and enjoy themselves without breaking the bank.

So the 30 Day challenge I was going to do involves lots of equipment I don’t have and that is not in keeping with my thrifty ways! So I made up my own based on previous posts of Workout on a Budget and other Internet lovelies. This weekend fried my brain and liver and I need to start to learning to tolerate exercise while I’m on placement (I’m back in 2 weeks!) what with it being my career and all.

Here is the link to the 30 Day schedule:

https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=FA93FF48DB7287A9!314

And here is a link to any videos referenced:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLABD4B68B02CE466F&feature=plcp

I threw in some outdoor activities to get in some sunlight (or maybe it’ll be light rain…) so all non-video and other blog explanations are here:

Yoga: I’m going to keep doing my podcasts from Dave Farmar and Yoga Download, either one 60-90 minute session or one or more 20 minute class.

Run/Walk Intervals: This could also be run/jog or fast walk/slow walk. Warm up with a walk or easy jog for 10 minutes then alternate 5 mins hard with 2 mins recovery 4 times. Cool down with the last 2 mins and stretch 🙂

Run or Cycle: Get outside and do what you will!

Links to othamer workouts:

Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I am not a fitness trainer, I am basing this off my own experience. Consult a professional before undertaking any new fitness programme.

Workout On A Budget: Combined Strength And Cardio

As a college student, I know the pain of being stereotypically poor and having one too many nights of cider and pizza. I’m not a member of a gym and I own nothing more expensive than a pair of dumbbells and a yoga mat, but I believe that anyone can workout, get fit and enjoy themselves without breaking the bank.

Some days, it’s a struggle to motivate yourself to do a workout. On these days, short cardio and strength workouts might just do the trick. These videos are between 10 and 30 minutes and are designed to tick all the boxes of giving your body and cardiovascular system a full workout. When I first started exercising around five years ago, these are the type of videos I would pop on when I couldn’t be arsed walking all the way to the gym to hit the elliptical. These days, I do this type of thing when its too horrible out to go outside to exercise or when the thought of strength training alone bores me to tears.

Workout On A Budget: High Intensity Interval Training

As a college student, I know the pain of being stereotypically poor and having one too many nights of cider and pizza. I’m not a member of a gym and I own nothing more expensive than a pair of dumbbells and a yoga mat, but I believe that anyone can workout, get fit and enjoy themselves without breaking the bank.

There are pros and cons to HIIT. The pros include huge strides in cardiovascular stamina and strength from relatively short workouts. The major con is feeling like you’re about to die.

You can do HIIT within any form of exercise (running, cycling, gym equipment, anything) by alternating 20 seconds balls-to-the-wall intensity with 40 seconds recovery for 20-30 minutes. My problem with this is that I normally talk myself out of completing the full workout (see above re: feeling like death.)

CrossFit and BodyRock.tv are great websites for simple but incredibly effective HIIT and Tabata workouts. There is also a great CrossFit App for Workouts of the Day.

As always, I’m a big advocate of Fitness Blender. Here are three of their HIIT videos, but they have a load more on their website.

Have fun feeling like you’re going to die. At least it’ll be short.

Workout On A Budget: Dance!

As a college student, I know the pain of being stereotypically poor and having one too many nights of cider and pizza. I’m not a member of a gym and I own nothing more expensive than a pair of dumbbells and a yoga mat, but I believe that anyone can workout, get fit and enjoy themselves without breaking the bank.

I danced consistently from the age of four until I was fourteen. Then awkwardness took over and I stopped. But in that time, I covered ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and touched on some waltz, set dancing and salsa. Last year, I tried out Zumba and loved it (even though its expensive and doesn’t suit my schedule anymore.) So I still think dance is a good way to get some cardio in. Sometimes I like to rationalise that my dancing on a night out balances out the wine. It doesn’t.

If jamming along to Beyonce in your room just doesn’t cut it and you want a bit more structure in your workout, here are some hip-hoppy style videos to get the heart rate up.

Workout On A Budget: Low Impact Cardio

As a college student, I know the pain of being stereotypically poor and having one too many nights of cider and pizza. I’m not a member of a gym and I own nothing more expensive than a pair of dumbbells and a yoga mat, but I believe that anyone can workout, get fit and enjoy themselves without breaking the bank.

There are lots of reasons you might be looking for a low impact workout. Maybe you have joint pain or are pregnant. You might be a beginner. Maybe you’re hardcore when it comes to exercise and are looking for a workout that won’t put stress on your already tired muscles and joints. If any of these things are relevant, then low impact cardio probably has its place.

The simplest form of low impact cardio (and particularly excellent for beginners) is walking! Yeah, I’m all about the run but before I ever ran, I walked. I walked on the treadmill, I walked to town, I walked around the area, walking was pretty much my only form of exercise. Over the years, I have found other forms of exercise I enjoy as well as advancing to running. My mom is still the queen of walking. She does big long walks everyday on her lunch break and adds in swimming, yoga and Zumba when she gets the chance (all great low impact options.) So to start you off walking (if you need the motivation of a solid plan), here are a few good uns floating around the internet.

Hal Higdon is famous for training runners and inventing running schedules for people of all abilities, but he actually provides plans for cross training, triathlons and walking. Here’s one for a 10K. This is one from ExRx is very techie looking but is nice because its one page and has four levels of experience on it.

If, like me, you can only motivate yourself to walk for transport, here’s a few workout videos that won’t put too much pressure on your joints but should still get the heart rate up to where you want it to be.

Workout On A Budget: Pilates

As a college student, I know the pain of being stereotypically poor and having one too many nights of cider and pizza. I’m not a member of a gym and I own nothing more expensive than a pair of dumbbells and a yoga mat, but I believe that anyone can workout, get fit and enjoy themselves without breaking the bank.

I’ll be honest – I’m not that into Pilates. Maybe its because it sits right next to yoga in my head and I just like my asanas more. Maybe its because my neck gets sore form holding up my apparently very heavy head after about five minutes. But Pilates is really popular (it is the most popular class in my my old gym anyway) so here’s how you can strengthen those powerhouse muscles with nothing more than a mat.