June 22, 2022

A letter from Laura…

If you’re finding that you’re stressed or concerned about your finances at the moment, you’re certainly not alone.

Whenever we turn on the news it seems that the cost of another fundamental element of living is on the rise. From fresh produce to petrol prices, interest rates and gas, we can’t seem to escape the fact that the cost of everyday living is becoming more and more expensive. 

We recently surveyed over 1200 Australian women and non-binary people to better understand their health & wellness goals,  behaviours and barriers. It was heartbreaking to see that 40% said that financial barriers are holding them back from achieving their health & wellness goals. With the cost of living on the rise, this statistic is likely to follow suit. 

It’s a sad reality that when we’re hit with financial stressors, people often don’t see their health & fitness as a priority. When in fact when we prioritise our bodies and minds we’re able to tackle life’s competing demands with more energy and mental clarity. 

I’m writing this today to remind you that exercise doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. I really hope that if you’re feeling the impacts of the rising costs, you seek out affordable options to keep you moving, rather than giving it all up completely, which will only add to the stress in the long run. There are so many attainable ways to exercise, it’s all about finding what works best for you! 

If you are struggling with financial stressors, here are some cost effective ways to priortise your body & mind: 

Go for a brisk walk

I know it’s getting cold, dark and gloomy outside but it’s vital that we rug up and spend time in the fresh air. Stepping outside doesn’t cost you anything! If you’re up to it, you could pick up the pace and go for a run, or better yet,  take on the KICRUN challenge. Running is the most powerful tool for my mental health, and the only equipment you need is a good pair of runners! If you’re planning to see a friend over the weekend, rather than catching up over brunch, you could opt for a coffee and walk. That way you’re saving money and getting your exercise in, so it’s a win win for both of you!

Stretch it out

This one is particularly important if you’re working at a desk all day. When we’re feeling stressed or anxious we tend to hold tension in our muscles. Stretching your body is a cost free way for you to show yourself some love. Next time you’re watching TV,  lie down on your back on the floor and place a yoga block, book or a drink bottle in between your shoulder blades to open up your chest. Or if you have a particular pain point you can jump on Google to find a stretch that will help lengthen that area. Trust me, your body & mind will thank you for it!

Crank up the music up and have a dance party

Moving our bodies can and should be FUN! When was the last time you put on your favourite playlist and danced around your house? You don’t have to be a good dancer (trust me on this one!) The endorphin rush you’ll get from jumping around is infectious, plus it’s a great way to release any stress or tension. Go on, dance like no one’s watching! 

Just breathe

Hear me out, I know this may sound silly as we obviously need to breathe to survive, but when you pause and consciously focus on your breathing it can do wonders for your mental health. Try this 4 part breathing technique, place one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach. Close your eyes and breathe in for the count of 4, hold for 4, exhale for 4 and hold for the count of 4. This is also called box breathing, because it helps if you visualise drawing one side of the box with every count of 4. 

If you’re looking for guidance, my favourite KIC breathing meditations are: 

 

  • Equal Breathing with Jamie 
  • Alternate nostril breathing with Meg 
  • Exploring the Breath 

Make the most of KIC

Our mission at KIC is to make health and fitness more accessible and attainable. Our app is home to over 1000 workouts and recipes to keep you motivated to move and fuel your bodies from home. If you’re not yet a member of KIC you can make the most of our 50% off Workout in Winter offer, which is only $25 for 3 months.  If you think about it, a single Pilates studio session can often cost $25. I’m so proud that KIC is such an affordable fitness program, especially during these financially challenging times.

Sending you lots of love and strength, 

Laura x

Laura Henshaw