The Student’s Guide to a Bikini Body on a Budget
August 8, 2012
By: Emma Armitage
So it’s that time of year again, the time when a lot of us will be thinking about slimming down for summer. It’s no secret that the way to a healthy lifestyle is through both exercise and a healthy diet, but it can be hard to hold that down on a budget. Here’s some top tips for a healthy summer on a budget:
Get out there and enjoy the fresh summer mornings by going for a jog or run. If you feel you don’t have enough motivation then check out www.mapmyrun.co.uk. This site not only allows you to map your own run, but tells you exactly how long it is and maps your progress over time.
On yer Bike!
If jogging isn’t your thing, then how about cycling? Similar to map my run, www.cycle-route.com is the site to visit for the best cycle routes across the UK. There’s a wide selection of distances, from a 10 mile round trip to 70 miles. It’s a great way to explore your university town and surrounding area and why not pack a picnic with your friends?
Haven’t got a bike? Rather than popping straight down to your local store, look out in local papers first. Often bikes can be snapped up at a bargain as low as £20.
Sick of waiting for the bus? Then walk! The weather, albeit English, is getting warmer and the sun is peeping out behind those clouds. Save yourself a bus fare and burn those extra calories.
Feeling a bit strapped for cash? Look out for local advertisements for dog walkers. Take a furry companion out with you and earn yourself some extra cash, perfect!
Make Your Own Ice Lollies
With ice lolly moulds as cheap as a pound, this is the perfect summer budget snack! Use sugar free squash mixed with water, or juice (not from concentrate) to create your perfect flavour lollies. If you want to stand out from the crowd with a different shape, check out these umbrella moulds from Cool Kids Cookware. At £4.49, they won’t break the bank.
As one of the cheapest things in the supermarket, rice is a great accompaniment to most meals. Choose brown rice over white rice for that extra healthy option. To stop yourself getting bored of this staple ingredient, spice it up with a selection of spices, peppers and chillies, or mix in a selection of your favourite vegetables.
Save money on essential vegetables by buying frozen. Frozen veg still holds all the essential nutrients we need, but it is cheaper and doesn’t have a short consume by date. Check out your local supermarkets’ frozen aisle for a selection of frozen veg, from standard carrots and peas, to a Mediterranean selection, all for as little as a £1.
A staple ingredient for any student diet. Enjoy your jacket with a tuna topping. The fish is known as one of the most nutritious foods at the lowest price. Alternatively, beans are full of energy and why not include a salad on the side?
Making your own soup is often healthier than buying ready-made, which can often be high in salt. Left over ingredients can be used to create a great soup. Look online for suggested recipes for whatever flavour tickles your fancy.
Here’s one of our favourite recipes for a standard carrot and potato soup. Just leave out the cream for a healthy option. http://studentrecipes.com/recipes/soup/carrot-and-potato-soup/
Don’t forget to let us know your budget recipes or exercise tips.
Happy summer guys!
Emma Armitage, MyUni Editor