Have you ever promised yourself that you’re going to start working out more and really getting into shape, but then you start thinking about gymmemberships, equipment, cool classes, etc. and realize staying fit can be expensive, and now you want to quit before you've even started?
Have no fear.
The purpose of this article is to show you that staying fit doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are ways that will help you both stay fit and not go broke.
1. Buy a Classpass
If you enjoy group fitness classes, a great option to maximize your dollars is to buy a Classpass. It’s a monthly membership that will give you access to hundreds of fitness studios in your city. There are a few monthly plans you can choose from that vary with your location, but it'll help you spend less than you would if you were to purchase individual classes at studios.
An added bonus: If you travel for work or are always on the go, your Classpass transfers across cities.
2. Buy discount workout wear
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When it comes to workout clothes, there are plenty of places you can check out both on- and offline to score some great deals. Amazon has a wide selection of activewear and gear for some great discount prices. Whether or not you need a yoga mat or a new pair of leggings, you can find it on Amazon cheaper than many of other places.
If you’re a total activewear addict, you should definitely browse Poshmark. They have NWT (new with tags) clothes from various brands, such as Lululemon and Nike, at cheap prices.
Old Navy is also a great place to hit up for reliable and cute workout clothes. The prices are crazy cheap, and the pieces look way more expensive than they really are. You’ll look adorable while working out.
3. Shop at Costco
You can’t just work out and stick to eating junk food, so what better place to buy healthy food, and a lot of it, then at Costco?
You can find some incredibly cheap prices for staple foods, like quinoa, chia seeds, and frozen fruits for your homemade smoothies. They even sell protein powders from major brands, like Vega and Optimum Nutrition.
Also, if you have the space for fitness equipment, they always seem to have good deals on bikes, treadmills, rowers, and stand-up paddle boards if you like non-traditional ways to get a good workout in.
4. Make your own smoothies
Drinking smoothies is a great way to get your nutrients in, and in some instances, it could be used as a meal replacement as well. However, buying them from places like Jamba Juice and Smoothie King can get quite pricey real quick.
To save money, make your own smoothies. All you need is a blender, some fruits, veggies, and anything else you want to add in, and there you go.
That extra cash you would be using to buy smoothies could go toward your vacation fund, or that new pair of shoes you've had your eye on.
5. Make Groupon your new best friend
What’s so great about this site is that it allows you to try out things you may be curious about but don't want to spend lots of money to do.
You can find some great discounts on body barre classes, boot camp workouts, hot yoga, and much more.
Sign up on their website so you’ll get special alerts on deals and special coupon codes for some extra savings.
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