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How to get fit on a budget

So many of us promise ourselves every January that this will finally be the year we get into better shape. But between trainers, memberships, supplements and more, getting fit can get very expensive very quickly.

Here are some tips for those of us who want to get fit in 2018 on a budget.

1. Take advantage of sales (all year round). January is a busy time for fitness, but it’s not the only time that you can get a deal.  Many clubs will offer incentives no matter when you join, so take the time to shop around and see who offers the best deal. Don’t be afraid to comparison shop, and always see if you can get price matching.


2. Consider finding a fitness buddy who can split costs with you. Finding a buddy to work out with can be a great motivator to make sure you get all your workouts in. And, even better, they can also help you save money! If you and a friend are looking to get fit together, consider splitting the cost of an app, or even a personal trainer. This way you get the best of both worlds: great motivation and great savings.


3. Try before you buy.  Joining a gym can be a pretty big financial commitment, particularly if you stop going! Make sure the gym is the right thing for you by asking about a free trial so you can check things out before joining. Try a few classes, get a feel for the facilities and instructors, and then decide if you think this gym is the right fit for you.


4. Consider working out at home. You don’t have to work out in a gym to get in great shape. In fact, many of the best exercises for your body require little to no equipment at all. If you have space in your home that you can use to work out, you can download a workout app (some popular apps include the Nike training clubSweat app, or Aaptiv), or you can stream workout videos for free through YouTube, or monthly programs like BeachBody.


5. Look into your employee benefits. Many employee benefit plans now include extra money for health spending. You can take advantage of this money and use it for things like fitness classes, workout gear, or even equipment for your home. Look into your benefit plan to see what money may be available to you.


6. If at first you don’t succeed… don’t buy, buy again. Working out is certainly not a one-size-fits-all thing. It may take you some time to find the right gym, or the right plan for you, but that can get pretty expensive. Consider setting an annual or monthly amount that you’re willing to spend on fitness, and use that budget to determine how and when you will try out different gyms and routines.


We hope these tips help you make 2018 a year of fitness that doesn’t break the bank. Good luck!