3 Straightforward Ways You Can Pursue Self-Development on the Cheap
Finances affect every area of life, and it can seem like a bit of a grim irony at times that getting a business off the ground, trying to improve your health, or in fact, even trying to get your financial situation under control, can all cost money.
This is rarely so evident as it is in business, where financial impropriety and disputes can become monumental issues that must be dealt with by legal teams versed in Code of Practice 9.
Luckily, there are ways of pursuing self-development — from fitness, to psychological well-being, and future aspirations — on the cheap, if not for free. Here are some tips to get you started.
Exercise using your bodyweight (and treat the outdoors as your gym)
Fitness has the potential to be one of the most expensive hobbies in the world. Hordes of somewhat unscrupulous supplement merchants are more than willing to promise you that taking their special (and super pricey) proprietary blends are the only way to get in shape.
Celebrity fitness icons (often abusing steroids or other drugs) will tell you that their costly program is the true and revolutionary key to getting in shape.
Finally, luxury gyms will tempt you with their stylish layouts and an almost incomprehensible array of different forms of fitness equipment.
To get into decent — even great shape — however, doesn’t require any of the above. Bodyweight training resources such as Freeletics can help you get in great shape, become strong, and look and feel good, with no equipment whatsoever, other than what you can find in your home or at your local playground.
Furthermore, sprinting jogging in the great outdoors will boost your cardio conditioning just as well as any state of the art treadmill, while also giving you a chance to breathe in some fresh air and benefit from the vitamin D that comes with moderate sun exposure.
Read great literature… for free!
Perhaps you’ve always liked the idea of familiarising yourself with the great classics of English literature, but just never got around to it. Maybe part of the reason you haven’t brushed up on your Shakespeare is that you just couldn’t justify the expense of placing the order on Amazon.
Well, as it so happens, many of these great literary classics are no longer covered by copyright, and are available for free if you know where to look.
Project Gutenberg is a database of over 57,000 free ebooks which can be downloaded, read on your computer, or uploaded to your eReader.
Never complain again that you’ve got nothing to read.
Start a mindfulness meditation practice
There are many great paid apps which walk their users through the basic principles of meditation, and while these apps may certainly be worth the money, they are by no means necessary in order to learn how to meditate.
The internet is full of beginner meditation resources, and YouTube is inundated with free guided meditation videos.
As for the practice of meditation itself? It requires nothing more than you and your awareness, and has been by researchers to have potentially tremendous benefits for calm, relaxation, and well being.
This is a collaborative post.