The start of the year means that many people — myself included — are vowing to spend more time on health and fitness.
Gym memberships are flying off the shelf, and the latest workout equipment is in high demand. While this is ultimately a good thing, it can also be quite costly. The reality is that you don’t have to break the bank to get in shape.
Here are five ways to save on health and fitness costs.
1. Watch workout videos on YouTube
I knew I was interested in some type of workout video, but I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what I wanted. I asked several friends which DVD I should purchase, and one of them suggested watching workout videos on YouTube instead.
Though I’m not sure why this never crossed my mind before, I headed to YouTube to see what it had to offer. There were many different workouts to choose from — and a lot of them were from big names. If a friend hadn’t suggested YouTube, I would’ve paid money for something I’m now getting for free.
If you’re in the market for a new workout video, I highly suggest you check out YouTube; I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
2. Use the outdoors as your gym
You can get a pretty good workout by combining free YouTube videos with the great outdoors. There’s no need to pay for a gym membership when you can walk, jog, or bike outside.
As an added bonus, the fresh air is sure to lift your spirits.
3. Shop for fitness gear on Craigslist
If you need to add fitness gear to your current inventory, Craigslist is a great place to look. Since most stores run sales on fitness and health-related equipment this time of year, a lot of old gear and equipment gets replaced. Figure out exactly what you need, and scour Craigslist or consignment stores for used sports gear.
4. Buy in bulk
If you buy protein bars, protein powders, or vitamins, then buying in bulk can save you a lot of money.
I’ve actually been eying protein bars for quite a while at the local grocery store, but always found them to be too expensive. Last week at Sam’s Club, I spotted an amazing deal on protein bars; buying a jumbo box ended up saving me a lot of money. There were also great deals on vitamins.
4. Invest in a few quality items
There are some items worth splurging on, so don’t skimp in every area. A woman, for example, is most likely going to need a good sports bra. Someone planning to run a lot is going to need a good pair of running shoes. By trying to save money on these items, you might actually end up spending more by having to replace them more often.
How are you planning on saving on health and fitness costs in the new year?
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