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Summer fitness tips for you and your finances

The saying goes “summer bodies are made in winter” but we believe summer bodies are made year-round. There’s no reason not to take advantage of the sunshine and use the next few months to get on top of your fitness. For extra motivation, here are some ways working out in summer can help put a boost in your savings.

Leave the car at home

With summer comes the opportunity for many to walk or bike to work. Not only is it great way to incorporate fitness into your everyday routine, it’s also a great way to save money on petrol. Canstar Blue reports NSW motorists spend on average $146 a month on petrol. By not driving to work, you can save around seven dollars a day.

Fire up the barbecue

A barbecue is a great way to celebrate the Australian summer. It’s a national staple, so throw some capsicum and mushrooms in with the sausages to get a healthy mix of vegetables too. Because you’re spending more time outdoors cooking, you can switch off the AC in the meantime and save money. For an average 3.0 star rated unit switched on three months of the year, running for two hours less will save over a dollar each day, according to the government’s Energy Rating program. As with fitness, every little bit counts.

Ditch the gym

Why workout indoors when there’s a perfectly good outside to get active in? Go for a run in the park instead of the treadmill, swim in the ocean instead of the pool – summer’s perfect for working out in fresh air. It’s cheaper too, as you won’t be paying weekly gym membership fees. The Department of Health recommends we incorporate at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity into our routine a week, double if we want to shred those kilos. If group classes are your thing, local boot camps tend to pop up all over the place in summer, and as they only run for a few weeks at a time, they’re often cheaper than regular gym memberships.

Whether you are a fitness fiend or just a casual walker, we can all benefit from good habits when it comes to our health and finances. At Police Bank we’d like to help you get financially fit all year round. Get in touch with us today to find out how.