In a dream world I would spend RIDICULOUS amounts of money on fitness. I would buy ALL the clothes, All the DVD’s and belong on to every gym. But in the real world with a family there are sadly things I want to buy that would just break my budget. Plus I’m still trying to pay off those pesky student loans! ALMOST THERE!
1. Free Fitness Apps: Your phone can be used for a variety of purposes, and there are LOTS of free fitness apps out there that can help get you into shape without spending a dime. Obviously you will need to use some data minutes to download the app but it won’t be anything more than you are currently spending.
Some of my favorites include:
Get FitFast– It includes 7 bodyweight workouts. You can also purchase additional workouts within in that app but to start free is the place to be!
Daily Burn– A variety of Workouts, of various lengths. Something for everyone.
Daily Yoga– For the mind, body and spirit, have a mat find your happy place.
I have an iphone so I’m not sure if these apps are driod compatible but I’m sure there are similar apps to these available there.
2. Ask about free trails. Have a gym near you, you really want to try out? Ask them about free trail memberships. Most gyms offer some level of trials whether it be a one day pass or sometimes as long as 7 days. Use these passes wisely. Sometimes you can even snag a guest pass from a friend. The facility I work at often gives us free 30 day passes to give out to friends and family. These aren’t great as a long-term plan but can help you out in a financial fitness pinch.
3. SHOP for a deal. When it comes to fitness gear there are lots of options. I have a hard time spending a TON of money on clothing I am simply going to stink up and sweat in. Don’t get me wrong I have some expensive pieces but most of my day-to-day workout gear are bargains. I am a HUGE believer in hitting up my local Marshall’s (TJMAXX). I can’t tell you the amount of clothing I have purchased here for under $10. Most are much more expensive brands that are marked down.
I like to shop these stores out of season as well which guarantees great prices. Sadly the one draw back is selection depending on your store. But if you aren’t in the mood to spend hours combing through various clothing options there are other places to score deals. Walmart YES Walmart has a great line from Danskin that has super cute options.
Not only can you find great active wear options but you can also score deals on equipment. I have seen weights, foam rollers and even yoga mats at my Marshall’s for MUCH less than at the local sporting goods store. And by all means be patient, the inventory is ever-changing.
4. Daily Deal Sites: I detest these sites but let’s be honest if you are looking for a way to save on fitness these sites can offer can some affordable options. These are great for specialty classes as well. I’ve seen deals for Zumba, Yoga, Barre and Kickboxing. Make sure you read the fine print of these deals and know what you are buying BEFORE spending the cash. Also be sure to read online reviews of facilities if you haven’t been to them yet, no matter no cheap a gym can be if it’s horrible you spent too much.
5. YOUTUBE: For the Win! Even I as an instructor will look through youtube for some different ideas once in a while. There are many folks doing some great video workouts there, that you can do in your own home. It’s like personal training just you and your computer screen!
And you can also check out PopSugar Fitness for various workouts and playlists and more.
Other options include purchasing a small amount of equipment for your home. I’m not talking thousands of dollars treadmills but instead a yoga mat, hand weights and a kettle bell can give you enough variety for great in home workouts. There are also options for body weight workouts with NO equipment needed! And of course if you have sneakers running around the block is a great free cardio blast. 😉
Question of the Day: How do you stay fit on a budget? What is the most/least you have ever paid for something fitness related?