Health & Wellness

Working out can be challenging for all of us. Sometimes, the obstacle in the way is time, or perhaps motivation, or for many of us – cost. Gym memberships, workout clothes, home equipment, food or supplement costs… It all adds up. Here are some tried and true ways to help you get in shape without breaking the bank.

Make your environment work for you.

Your workout regimen is personal to you. Maybe you are just getting started and have nowhere to “do” it. Or it’s possible that you are a long-time member of a fitness establishment. Either way, redefine what you have, don’t pay more. If you live in a building with stairs, use them to get some cardio in, burn fat and build leg muscle. Do some wall squats. I’ve never met someone who didn’t have access to a wall. Hundreds of workouts based on a variety of exercises using the wall are available and free! If you have a membership somewhere, re-evaulate how to use it and make it work better for you. Is there a class you have never tried. Are there other people that you see when you go workout that you could start doing a fitness challenge or partner workout with? You don’t have to spend more money to get fit. Often times, it is just making small adjustments and rethinking what you have.

Shop smart.

It is so tempting to use new “stuff” like work out clothes and gear to motivate us. Don’t. Or if you must, shop smart. If you are just getting into working out or trying a new type of physical fitness you don’t need to buy every clothing or gear product related to that activity. In fact, if you do, you may never use it all and regret the cost, making you resent the whole process of getting in shape because it costs too much. Instead, make a new outfit purchase a reward for completing 2 full weeks of a new workout routine. Shop at discount stores until you know what you really like. Buying a coordinated outfit from an affordable source (think Walmart, Target, H&M…) or used sports equipment off craigslist or FB Marketplace can feel invigorating and give you the umph to get you moving.

Your physical health does not have to cost you a fortune. If you want to get in better shape, you don’t have to let cost be an obstacle. Just get started.