Getting fit can be fun and shouldn’t be a financial burden. Maybe you’ll even find your goals easier to reach if isn’t costing you a fortune. Read on to discover my top tips for getting fit on a budget…
As we get closer to summer, I know more and more of you are thinking about fitting back into your summer clothes (trust me, I am too). It’s often thought that getting fit is expensive, but I don’t want you substituting one bad habit for another (over-spending) so I have laid out 5 effortless ways to reach your health and fitness goals without breaking the bank.
Keep in mind, a little spending on fitness goals can be part of a values-based budget, where you prioritize spending that matters. Staying fit can help you save money on health care expenses later in life too! We just don’t want to overdo the spending, of course.
Here are my 5 Tips for Getting Fit on a Budget:
Getting Fit on a Budget Tip #1: Workout with a friend
It’s one thing to cancel plans with yourself—it’s another to cancel on a friend who’s counting on you. Scientific studies have demonstrated that going to a gym with a friend is motivating. Having a partner depending on you to make it onto the gym floor can mean the difference between failure and success. A University of Aberdeen study found those who worked out with a partner exercised more than those without. Exercise effort increases for both cardiovascular and resistance training when working out with a friend, particularly if your friend has the edge on you. Kansas State University researchers found training with a friend that you perceive to be better than you can increase both exercise intensity and duration. My running buddies motivate me to run further and longer than I would on my own. A friend to workout with is like having your own personal trainer!
Getting Fit on a Budget Tip #2: Join a low-cost gym with high quality facilities
When it comes to joining a gym, Fit4Less is an excellent choice for anyone looking to start and stick to making healthy changes on a budget. If you are looking for an inclusive, down to earth experience in a top notch facility, you should consider the super affordable options at Fit4Less locations.
For individuals looking to join a gym, for just $4.99 every two weeks (plus a joining fee) you will get access to a 4Less membership giving you a high-quality gym at an amazingly low price. Yes, you read that right! You can join a gym for two weeks, for approximately the price of your coffee order.
For couples or families, a Black Card membership may be a better option. With a Black Card membership, you can get access for just $10.99 every two weeks and with this you will get access to ANY location, free tanning, unlimited hydro message bed and chair use, a free t-shirt and bag plus more!
Getting Fit on a Budget Tip #3: Save money on gym clothes and accessories
Gym clothes and accessories can be expensive. Here are a few tips to help you save:
- Look for generic clothes and accessories rather than brand names
- If you are after a brand name, wait until the end of each season as prices usually drop
- Search for deals online or in-store sales
Getting Fit on a Budget Tip #4: Leave the car at home
Walk, bike, or better yet, run to the gym. Save time by doing your cardio on the way to the gym, do a strength circuit, then run home. An added bonus is that you can shower in the comfort of your own home after your workout.
Getting Fit on a Budget Tip #5: Use fitness apps instead of a personal trainer
There are quite a few apps available you can use at the gym that will lead you through everything from a tough, grueling workout, to a simple yoga routine. You can pick up some free Apps such as 7 Minute Workout and Couch to 5k Runner in the App store, so have a peruse of the ones available and pick one that suits you. My personal favourite is the Nike Training Club app.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fit4Less. The opinions and text are all mine.