While I am on vacation Kylie was nice enough to provide this informative guest post for my blog. I am sure with the way the economy is now we can all use some tips on how to stay fit on a budget, I know I can!! Thanks Kylie for a great post, be sure and check out her website for a lot of great information on how to make money and save money.
Exercising can be really expensive, but there are many ways you can reduce the costs and even eliminate them altogether. I know many people like to go to a gym and have a membership because they find it more motivating, they like the classes or they like the atmosphere, which is fine. There are still many ways you can reduce your gym costs.
If going to a gym is motivation for you and you just would not exercise without having to pay for it, have you considered exercising with a friend? That way you are still accountable, but you can exercise in a park, each other’s homes or if you really, really want to go to the gym, you can often get a discount for signing up together.
What equipment are you really using at the gym? I love the treadmill, as does my mum. In fact a lot of the time all she was doing at the gym was running on the treadmill. She sometimes did weights but a few old injuries made lots of the equipment unusable to her. When she realised all she did there anymore was the treadmill she bought her own. It was much cheaper to do that than to continue a gym membership. And yes, she does use it, everyday!
If you have particular equipment you like have you looked into the cost of purchasing it? Often items come up on eBay for much less than the new prices because people do not tend to commit to it. If you are already attending a gym, you can obviously commit, just switch what you are committed to.
If you are going for the classes have you considered borrowing exercise DVD’s from the library or friends or even checking out YouTube. There are heaps of tutorials on there. You could get together with a few friends which would mean you are motivating and encouraging each other and play the DVD’s on someone’s TV. Even buying some DVD’s is cheap. They are lots of fun and since most of the classes I have been to the instructor is not really checking to see if everyone is doing it correctly because there are so many people, having a TV instructor is not really any different.
Another option is too look up and see if there are any free classes in your area run in local parks or community centres. Even if they are not free, most are very cheap, especially in comparison to a gym membership.
Did you know most gyms offer a free trial period, sometimes up to a whole month? By doing the free trials you can check out the gym, use the equipment and attend classes for free, and whilst they will try to get you to sign up you are under no obligation to do so. Depending where you live and how many gyms there are, you could go for free for a few months, which will help you get started and exercising, then you can switch to at home options.
Of course, a gym is not the only form of exercise. There are team sports, swimming, running, personal trainers and more. Gyms just tend to be the most expensive.
If you look up free exercise online you will be amazed at the free tutorials online for using things around your home to exercise or what you could do in a park. Another great free resource is the couch to 5km run, where the take you through from no exercise to running 5kms. So many people have had great success with this.
Other free exercise options are run around your block; swim in the river, lake or ocean; cycling (if you own a bike);or play basketball/any group sport with friends. Just get out there and have fun! Any exercise is good. As long as you find what you enjoy and are exercising that is the main thing!
Kylie Ofiu is the author of 365 Ways To Make Money. She blogs at Kylie Ofiu.com about ways to make and save money as well as what she is doing to reach her goal of becoming a millionaire by April 2015. This guest post is part of a series she is doing called 31 Days of Money. You can find her on twitter and Facebook too.
Thanks for a great post Kylie!!!!
Do you have any tips for staying fit on a budget?