Getting Fit on a Budget
Just because you don’t have expensive home fitness equipment or are reluctant to spend a small fortune on gym memberships doesn’t mean you have to forego exercise completely. Getting fit doesn’t have to cost you a thing—it just takes motivation and a bit of creativity. These ideas will help you get fit and make you look and feel better—and that’s a priceless feeling!
Instead of paying to take a Pilates or yoga class, watch a video at home. You can buy a video for about the price of one class, but you can use it as often as you want. Most libraries carry exercise videos that you can borrow for free, so you can try a video before you buy it. If you can record shows on your TV’s set-top box, save daily exercise programs that you can watch when it is convenient for you.
Although running and jogging are free, you will need to buy a good pair of running shoes to protect your feet and joints. To make them more affordable, watch for them to go on sale or use a coupon to lower the price. Think you can’t jog or run? Start by walking and slowly increase your pace and time until you are jogging or running.
If there are some pieces of equipment that you do want, save money by buying them used. Look at classified ads online or in the newspaper for great deals on many types of equipment. You may find equipment at garage sales, so keep an eye on sales for great deals.
Ask friends if they have any equipment that you could borrow for a few weeks. This way you won’t have to invest any money until you are sure you will actually use the machine on a regular basis.
If the reason you want a gym membership is to use its equipment and stay motivated, look for more affordable alternatives. Sometimes high schools, community centers, or health care centers offer monthly memberships to use their equipment when they are not using it. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of a gym at a fraction of the price.
Always talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise program to make sure you are healthy enough to exercise. If he gives you the okay to work out, use these creative ways of getting fit without slimming your bank account.