Getting fit and staying fit is probably one of your primary life goals and are wonderful goals indeed. But what happens to many women is that they think they have to spend oodles of money on a gym membership or fitness classes in order to workout. Not true. There are plenty of ways you can lose that weight or sculpt that body without digging deep into your pocketbook.
If you want to trim the waistline without handling your wallet over, consider the following 11 ways you can save on your fitness routine:
1. Take advantage of free trials or memberships
There are many fitness centers that will offer you free trial classes or a week or more of a trial membership. This allows you to take some time to check out the classes or the gym to get a feel for the atmosphere and particular fitness routine.
For example, if you’re interested in Pilates, call various gyms and see who offers free trials for such a class. If they don’t, you can surely ask them to make an exception for you and ask for several free sessions to see if you enjoy the classes. It never hurts to ask for a free trial.
2. Determine how many times you’ll go the gym per week
Be very honest with yourself when it comes to joining a fitness center. How many times will you really go to the gym to workout? If you’re only going to make it once a week, but you’re paying $80 per month to be a member, you may not be getting the best bang for your buck. In this case, there are cheaper options that you can consider when it comes to your fitness routine.
3. Look for “pay as you go” option
Some fitness centers offer a “pay as you go” option, instead of making a year-long commitment. When considering a gym membership, ask if they offer this option and if so, try it out to see how it works for you.
4. Do you have an insurance rebate?
Ask your employer if they offer a rebate for gym membership fees, as insurance companies understand that those that take time to workout typically are in better health than those that don’t. Your company may even have membership discounts at certain fitness centers. If not, you can always bring it up to your superiors for consideration.
5. Budget yourself when it comes to workout clothes
You don’t have to wear brand name workout clothes, depleting a lot of money for a name. There are plenty of off-brand workout clothes available for affordable prices and if you are set on brand names, hit some of the stores that sell them cheaper, like Marshalls and T.J. Maxx.
6. Look for daily workout deals
You can shop around for daily workout deals via a gym’s website or places like Groupon or Amazon Local discount certificates. Just be careful that you don’t buy too many and not follow through with actually using them.
7. Ask your gym to freeze your membership for the summer
If you’d rather take advantage of the warm summer weather and get your workout outside during the summer months, ask your gym to freeze your membership for the summer. This will prolong your typical one year membership by a few months, but being able to jog in nature or bike a fantastic bike trace sure beats time on the treadmill or elliptical.
8. Opt out of a gym membership
You don’t have to belong to a gym to get and stay in shape. You can take your workout routine into your own hands at home and discipline yourself to workout regularly there. With YouTube videos, you can virtually take classes with the best of the best athletes free in your living room.
You can also learn various types of workouts and exercises. Don’t want to do it alone? Invite a friend or two to your home and workout together several times a week or make it a neighborhood workout.
9. Ask a fitness enthusiast for a reduced rate for referrals
If you happen to know a great fitness enthusiast, ask him or her for a reduced rate for services if you will refer him at your place of business. This works quite well if you have a large sphere of influence in your community, as a word of mouth referral is an excellent marketing strategy.
10. Fall in love with nature
There are many great ways to get a good workout in nature, and you can usually workout this way for free. Consider taking up hiking and commit to hiking several times per week or take your bike on the gorgeous, scenic bike traces around your area.
If you have lakes or rivers, get yourself a kayak and enjoy paddling as a workout. You can exercise out and about and enjoy the beauty of creation at the same time.
11. Join a recreational sports league
If you enjoy sports, consider joining a recreational sports league in your area. Give your local city recreational director a call to see what sports are available for adults. Many cities will have teams for softball, kickball, basketball, flag-football, soccer, and more. Oftentimes, joining a league will cost you very little for a great workout and a lot of fun. If you’re area doesn’t offer a rec league, consider starting one yourself in the sports area that you are passionate about.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money in order to get and stay in shape. There are many women who have slashed the price they’ve paid on their fitness routine by simply taking a few minutes to tweak what they’ve been doing. Take these tips into consideration as you move forward committed to personal fitness and finance.
Looking great doesn’t have to cost you a fortune and feeling great doesn’t either. Stay committed to working on you mind, body, and spirt and you’ll simply feel better all the way around.