In this video, Mr. V examines a few ways in which you can stay fit on a budget. When it comes to budgeting, it’s helpful to start small, finding affordable options, and build in upgrades as your finances allow for it.
Here are some ways to start small with your fitness budget:
1. Use Fitness Apps
Trainers are a great way to stay accountable and reach your fitness goals. But if you’re looking to shave down some of your expenses, minimizing your visits with trainers is a good place to start. Checking in with a trainer once in a while is great, but in between, you can keep yourself motivated with free fitness apps like Fitnet, Bodybuilding and Fitness, and Fitmencook.
2. Buy Cheaper Gear
Having fancy workout clothes and gear is nice and all, but it doesn’t make you more fit.
You might be tempted to buy the latest popular yoga pants as soon as they hit the shelves. But waiting to buy gear until it has hit discount stores like TJMAXX, Marshalls or even Amazon could save you a lot.
3. Find Discount Gyms
In the last five years, gym membership fees have skyrocketed. Sure, it’s nice to have the convenient and even luxurious perks of an elite gym. But if you’re trying to save money, bargain gyms are an easy way to cut hundreds of dollars a month. Check out gyms like Planet Fitness or the YMCA.
4. Try Bodyweight Workouts
Like we mentioned before, gear costs a lot of money. So switch up your strategy and try body-weight workouts. A number of exercises require nothing more than your body—and some good music too. Try body-sculpting exercises like squats, lunges, push-ups, crunches, triceps dips and back extensions. You can also explore disciplines that mainly use body weight like Pilates or Yoga. Some use these workouts to skip the gym fees altogether because they can easily be done at home or outside.