How to be fit and healthy on a budget

We all want to be fit and healthy, right? “But the gym is just so expensive!” I hear you cry… well do not fear! Ibz and Rachel are here to remind you there are cheap and free alternatives to get exercising and eating well to help you feel your best.

Use natural settings as your gym

  • Find some online videos that demonstrate easy exercises you can do in the park or at home. Make sure to consider health and safety – we want to get fit and healthy, not hurt ourselves (or others!)
  • If you still want that gym membership, you can discover cheap deals online and check whether you could be getting a student discount, low-wage deal or workplace deal
  • Join exercise groups that meet locally – moral support can really help you stay on top of your fitness and give you a routine. You can find these online or on social media. Do your research and make sure these are reputable groups that meet in a public place, or ask a friend if they want to be your workout buddy so you can motivate each other.

Get making healthy shakes and snacks

  • Using fresh foods instead of processed foods is better for you and works out cheaper. Some fruit that isn’t beautiful enough to be on the shelves in supermarkets is often sold in the frozen section, and works out even cheaper than the fruit in the fresh section
  • With a little bit of prep, you can make quick and easy meals to help you eat well on the go.

Why not try Rachel's protein shakes below? Great for when you're on the move.

The full recipe – protein shakes (vegan/vegetarian)

What you will need

  • A blender or stick blender
  • 1 banana (chopped)
  • 75g porridge oats
  • 150g frozen berries (like raspberries, strawberries, or a mix of your favourites)
  • 100g natural yoghurt of your choice
  • 150ml milk of your choice


  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender (or just use a stick blender) and blitz until smooth. Pour into two glasses and drink straight away.

  2. This is a fantastic, quick breakfast that will keep you going for a while thanks to the oats and banana. If you’re vegan, you can use a non-dairy yoghurt and milk of your choice.

Top tip! If your bananas are ripening too quickly in your fruit bowl, peel them, then cut them into chunks before freezing them. You can use them for smoothies straight from the freezer.

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