Staying in Shape without Spending Too Much
Many people are trying to gain health and stay in shape but are on a fixed budget. Going to the gym and improving your fitness can be difficult to do when you’re more concerned with saving money. Here’s some ways that you can stay in shape, but still have money in your pocketbook at the end of the month.
Exercise at Home
You don’t have to go to the gym to improve your fitness. You can exercise at home with activities such as walking or running. If you buy a bike for example, you’ll have an inexpensive piece of exercise equipment that you can use all the time. This will save you the expanse of paying for gym memberships. If you live close to work, you can even bike to work and save money on your fuel expenses. You can pick up a couple of weights and do weight training at home. There’s many ways to save money when you exercise at home.
There are many expensive gym memberships, but there are also gyms which cost less, but still have everything you need for fitness. Go online and compare the costs of various gyms in your area. You’re sure to find one that works for you and your budget. Ask people in your area if they know of any gyms which have cheaper gym memberships and rates.
Discounts and Sales
Many gyms offer a one year membership at a discounted rate as a way to attract new clients. You can take advantage of this when these memberships go on sale and save money this way. At the end of the discount you can just go to another gym so you don’t have to pay the full rate. Have a look in local newspapers and magazines and see if there are any coupons with discounts and sale son local gyms so you can get a membership that fits into your budget.
Cheaper Health Foods
You can improve your health by eating cheap health foods. For example, many vegetables and fruits go on sale all the time. You should by these healthy foods when they go on sale so you don’t pay full price. You can also buy meats this way as they often go on sale too. Make a list of the foods you want to buy and then use flyers and coupons to buy them at lower prices so you save money. If you buy extra, you can freeze the unused portions to have as meals at a later time.
Exercise with Friends
By getting together with friends and doing activities together, you don’t have to go to the gym. For example, you can play a game of baseball, take a walk or go on a nature hike together. All of these don’t cost anything and you’ll be saving money while having fun at the same time.
We’ve already mentioned running. Running outside is pretty cheap. Although we’d recommend getting good running shoes, otherwise injuries will rake up some extra bills. A pair of decent shoes costs at least $50, don’t try to save on shoes. Save on clothes, fancy GPS logger, etc. but not on shoes. Running is really cheap and one of the healthiest, safest sports out there.
Exercise can fit in with your budget. Saving money of fitness doesn’t have to be hard. You can have improved health if you use these simple tips for fitness on a budget. How much does your gym membership cost?
Stay fit, have fun :)