4 fun ways to save on fitness
We can think of plenty of hurdles that get in the way of your fitness goals. Between work and family, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to squeeze in a workout, too. Getting fit can be costly. Or, maybe working out is, well, work, and you’d rather spend your free time on activities you enjoy.
Let’s take those hurdles and jump over them. We’ve got ways you can make time for fitness, save on fitness gear and apparel, and, yes, actually enjoy working out!
Here’s how to get skinny – while keeping your wallet fat.
Workout at home:
Let your living room or basement double as an at-home fitness studio. At-home workouts have gained momentum with resistance training (meaning, no need for big, expensive equipment – a yoga mat and a few light weights are all you need).You’ll save yourself some time by not driving to the gym. (And, on those mornings you accidentally hit the snooze button or you wake up to a fresh blanket of snow, you’ll be less likely to skip your workout knowing you don’t even have to leave the house). Investing in some workout DVDs or subscribing to a web streaming workout program is much cheaper than paying monthly gym fees. One of our favorite at-home-workouts is Daily Burn. You get to fill out a profile (i.e. how much time do you have to workout; do you like a fitness coach that is like a drill sergeant, or more like an encouraging friend). Then, there are dozens of workout programs to choose from, ranging from yoga to pilates to dance to strength training that incorporates gymnastics.
Sign up for Daily Burn (the first month is free!) and earn Cash Back on your membership with ShopAtHome.com.
Save on fitness gear and clothes with ShopAtHome.com:
Proper gear and comfortable clothing will help you get the most of your workout. If you’re building a workout wardrobe, start with a few essentials. A pair of neutral (black or gray) yoga pants or athletic shorts and a couple of tanks and T-shirts are must-haves for your fitness bag . Some of our favorite stores for affordable and cute workout gear are Old Navy, Kohl’s and Athleta. Check out Gaiam for yoga mats and Walmart for sporting goods. Sign up with ShopAtHome.com for free and start earning Cash Back at these stores and thousands of others.
Check with your HR Department:
Many companies have realized that a healthy, fit workforce means they pay less in insurance premiums. Wellness programs are emerging as a way to motivate employees to get into shape, or stay in shape. Check with your Human Resources department to see whether your company offers discounted memberships at gyms or wearable fitness trackers as part of company walking challenges.
Freeze your gym membership during warmer months:
Let your gym membership thaw out during the spring and summer and hit the outdoors for free (or discounted) workouts. This is a great idea for those who start to feel like they’re in a workout rut and getting bored with the treadmills. Book yourself a “recess” every day to make sure that you’re getting at least 30 minutes of activity in and treat it like you would any other important appointment. Some ideas: Take an after-dinner walk, jog or bike ride with the family; swap out brunch plans with your girlfriends for a hike; swim at the local pool, reservoir or beach; do yoga in the park at sunset; or organize a game of basketball or volleyball with neighbors and friends.