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8 Ways to Save on Fitness

on 1.23.2015 at 4:10pm
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There are so many ways to get in shape for little to no money. Here's a list of 8 ways to save on fitness.

Developing a healthy lifestyle is certainly rewarding (for both your health and your attitude), but with the costs of expensive gyms and fancy fitness items, the task can seem a little daunting and discouraging. The good thing is that you don’t have to spend a ton to get in shape! There are so many ways to do it for little to no money.

Here’s a list of 8 ways you can save on fitness.

8 Ways to Save on Fitness:

1. Exercise for Free. Gyms can be really pricey and you’re not getting your money’s worth if you don’t use your membership regularly. Instead, opt for exercises that are free: walking, running, dancing, etc. Your neighborhood sidewalks can become your gym. And if your neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks, take advantage of parks and local schools that have tracks and paths.

2. Watch YouTube. Just because you don’t have a shelf full of fitness DVDs doesn’t mean you can’t workout to an on-screen instructor. YouTube is free and is full of exercise videos! You can find videos on Zumba, yoga, and more and from favorite instructors like Jillian Michaels and Billy Blanks.

3. Download an App. There are a bunch of free apps you can download to your phone designed to promote healthy lifestyles. You’ll find training programs for races, apps that track your caloric intake, and lots more.

4. Grab Inexpensive Items. If you’re wanting to do a little more than walking or running, consider investing in some small items like weights, a jump rope, or a yoga mat. They’re not very expensive and they’re small, so they can be stored easily.

5. Explore Your Gym Options. If you want to join a gym, try looking in alternate places other than the big gyms that have flashy advertising and hefty price tags. Lots of churches offer gyms that are way cheaper. You could also try your local YMCA or keep your eyes peeled for mom ‘n’ pop gyms (they’d probably be a lot more personable, too).

6. Stick to Your Grocery Budget. Part of fitness is your diet. And contrary to the myth that you can’t save money on healthy foods, you totally can. Here are some posts you can check out for more details:

How to Save on Produce
How to Shop Your Local Farmer’s Market
Joining a Co-op
How to Save on Meat

7. Daily Deal Sites. It never hurts to check out sites like Groupon and LivingSocial, which offer deals on local businesses in your area. I often see deals for gyms, personal trainers, and specialized fitness groups.

8. Check your Benefits. It will totally vary from company to company and from provider to provider, but lots of times your insurance benefits will offer discounts or reimbursements on gym memberships (and sometimes other perks, as well). Check with your company to see if any of these discounts apply to you.

What other ways do you save on fitness?

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    • Nicole

      Fitnessblender.com has a ton of free workout videos for all levels.

    • Meme007

      humana offers seniors a frees gym membership. I am determined to join one this year. Heated pool aerobics, hot tub, trainer. Here I come!

    • Shaf

      I have joined several free exercise groups, we meet up once a week to run or do other activities. Have found them through Facebook or Meetup.com … a great way to make new friends and get exercise at the same time.

    • shannon

      Check your county parks and leisure services. Our county has free access to a gym and pools. It’s not super nice, but it worked for me to do light work during my winter pregnancy. Also, the YMCA has financial aid for memberships. Our family membership is about half the price and the whole family benefits from their programs.

    • pk29

      The YMCA is the most expensive gym membership I have ever had.

    • tori729

      Our YMCA has a tuition assistance program that you can qualify for based on your income. We only pay 45% of the full price for a yearly membership, plus get the same discounts on sports and other programs there. It’s very affordable for us and totally worth it. Just the monthly parents nights out pay for themselves since we dont’ have to pay for childcare for our four children.