Getting fit on a budget
Regular exercise is one of the best ways to keep a fit body and mind. But many people think they need to spend a lot of money on exercise--including equipment, gym memberships, and fancy accessories. There are many ways to save money and still get the workout you need to stay healthy. Here are five tips for spending less on physical fitness.
Ditch your gym membership.
How often do you go to the gym? The average cost of a gym membership is around £45 per month--but only about half of gym members go on a regular basis. That's a lot of money to pay for a service you're not using. Even if you use your gym some of the time, you could find other, less expensive, ways to work out.
Buy used sports equipment.
Trying new ways to work out is fun. But, to enjoy many activities, you'll need to purchase some type of sports equipment. When you want to buy sporting goods such as tennis rackets, kayaks, bicycles, roller skates, or weights, try used first. Many stores specialize in used equipment. Craigslist and online garage sale groups are also great places to get discount sporting goods.
Exercise outdoors - it's free!
There are many fun, free ways to exercise outdoors, even in the winter. Running and walking are easy outdoor activities that don't require special equipment (just a comfortable pair of shoes). Many people enjoy hiking in all seasons. If you enjoy bicycle riding, check out the bicycle trails in your area. Joining a bicycle club is an excellent way to socialize while you exercise.
Check out free or inexpensive classes.
Many larger cities offer free group classes. Ask around, or do an online search for your area. Working out with other people can help you stay motivated to meet your fitness goals while keeping more money in your pocket.
Exercise at home.
There are many ways to exercise in your home for free. YouTube has a wealth of free videos for any type of exercise you're interested in--from yoga to martial arts. Your local library may also stock exercise DVDs.
Exercise has many benefits for your physical and mental health. Save money while you exercise, and your mind, body, and wallet will thank you.