It seems like there are new ways to work out and eat well every single day. There are expensive pieces of equipment, regimens, and supplements that promise to help you get in shape, but not everyone can afford to shell out tons of cash in the hopes that something will work for them. The good news is that a shrinking waistline doesn’t actually have to mean a shrinking wallet. You can take care of your body for a fraction of the price! Check out my top tips for getting fit on a budget below.
Go Thrift Shopping
I have found countless fitness products at thrift stores. From workout DVDs to an elliptical, you can find some great deals if you’re willing to dig around a bit. Often times, they just need a little bit of cleaning up to be as good as new.
Not ready to purchase any weights? That’s totally fine. You’d be surprised at how many items you can use around the house. Water bottles and canned goods make pretty good light hand weights, and kitchen chairs are amazingly versatile!
Group workout classes at the gym can be expensive. Luckily, you can find almost anything online. Fitness Blender is a popular choice for free full-length bodyweight workouts, but a quick Google search will provide you with even more options.
Social media can be a little overwhelming, but you just have to know how to sift through the junk. If you follow quality fitness accounts, you’ll find new workouts, fitness tips, and healthy recipes every single day.
Join a Running Club
Interested in running but need a little motivation? Many local running clubs will be free, although some will have a small fee for specific training groups. For the most part, though, the large group runs won’t lighten your pockets at all.
If you end up with the itch to race, do so in your hometown. Local races tend to be much, much cheaper. There tends to be a little less course support, but the enthusiasm of the people organizing the races more than makes up for it.
Buy in Bulk
If you’re looking to clean up your diet, learn to shop in bulk. Grains are readily available in larger quantities, but you should also be on the lookout for frozen fruit and vegetables sold in larger quantities. When it comes to saving money, the freezer is your friend!
Make an Investment
If you do spend money, do so wisely. Some investment pieces are worth it, but you are the only one who can truly decide where to save and where to spend. For some tips on building a home gym, read this post.
Have any tips to add? Leave them in the comments!