Getting fit can sometimes be a financial burden to many people – or at least, that’s what they think. We often hear how good, clean foods are most expensive and we know a gym membership, personal training and equipment is sometimes out of our price range.
At times, price is used as an excuse, but if you’re serious about achieving your fitness goals, then you won’t allow anything to stand in your way. You can achieve any fitness goal you set for yourself on any type of budget – big or small.
Build a Home Gym on the Cheap
Getting a gym membership can be costly. If there’s not a cheap gym near you, you can be paying quite a bit of money per month to have access to the gym. Even then, it may not be a 24 hour gym, so you have to work with their hours to get your workout in on time.
Building a home gym saves you a lot of money in the long run, but it doesn’t have to be expensive at the start anyway. People are sometimes put off by home gyms because the equipment can get expensive if you buy it new.
Things like treadmills can cost hundreds of dollars, and weightlifting machines can cost even more. Gyms can afford them because they have hundreds of people paying for memberships, but you’re just one person.
Instead of buying all of your equipment new, look towards the secondhand market. It’s not uncommon for people to sell exercise equipment or even give it away because they’ll try to build up a home gym and then give up on it, leaving them with these items that are taking up space.
You can find all kinds of essentials using websites like eBay or Craigslist, and usually for a much better price than you’d find brand new. It’s also important that you don’t buy equipment that you don’t need.
Certain things like machines that drive up the cost of a home gym aren’t really necessary if you can learn how to do those exercises with free weights – meaning things like dumbbells and barbells.
They almost always have a free weight counterpart, so you only need to buy those. A good set of dumbbells can be acquired for just around $250 or less, and those can be used for just about any kind of workout and will get you in shape.
That’s if you decide to get a set with different kinds of dumbbells going up to around 50 pounds. If you want an even cheaper option, you can get an adjustable dumbbell, which allows you to use one pair of them and change the weight through a wide range.
This helps save space and money. Another good essential to get is a bench and barbell. Naturally, this allows you to do bench press, which is a common exercise, but it also enables you to do things like overhead press and squats, all for next to nothing. A bench is almost always less than $50, and a barbell can be picked up for around $20.
Use Natural Fitness Regimens
Not every exercise requires the use of a gym or gym equipment. There are many fitness regimens that can be done with nothing but your body, and it’s often more enjoyable that way.
Exercising naturally can get you in shape without you having to spend a dime on things like gym memberships or at-home equipment. The first thing that you don’t need any kind of membership for is running.
People tend to like using treadmills, but going outside and running is just as viable. Hopefully, you live in an area with fairly nice weather, where it’s not too hot, too cold, or too rainy to get out and run.
If so, pick up some running shoes, some earbuds, and go on a run around your city or neighborhood. Running outdoors is much more enjoyable than staring at the wall with a treadmill.
Next, there are plenty of exercises that don’t require you to use weights. For example, squats are often seen being done with a barbell and plates loaded up on it, but that’s not necessary for a beginner.
Bodyweight squats are going to help you work out your legs just as well as anything else – you just need to increase the amount of reps you’re doing. Similarly, you can work out your chest and triceps by doing pushups with proper form.
This removes the need to go out and get something like a bench for bench press. By changing the angle of your elbows and the elevation of your body, you can make pushups easier or harder to account for your skill level.
There are also tons of things that you can do throughout your day-to-day life in order to be a bit more active. They may seem small, but they add up over time. For example, when you go to a store or to work, you probably try to pick the closest parking spot that you can.
Try parking further back – it’ll make your walk longer, but that’s helping you get in more steps. Similarly, whenever you have to go to a second or third floor in a building, take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator. This can help get you a bit of a leg workout and it also helps get you some cardio. This alone isn’t going to get you in shape, but it helps you more than you might think.
Shop in Grocery Stores – Not for Fad Diet Foods
Something that helps a lot both for your budget and for your health is buying food from the grocery store and cooking for yourself. It’s such a simple change, but many people don’t do it.
It can save you hundreds per month and, if you do it right, you’ll be losing weight in no time thanks to the healthier options provided there. Fast food is just horrible for you. It’s always going to be loaded with grease, salt, fat, and excess carbs, which are all bad news if you’re trying to lose weight.
It can also be costly, being around $7 for a meal. In comparison, meals made at home typically cost you about $1-2. Over time, this adds up quite a lot of savings. Before heading to the store, make sure you have recipes with ingredient lists so that you know exactly what you need to get and how much of it you need to get.
This helps you avoid walking around lost, grabbing random things and trying to make a healthy meal out of it. Once you have all the ingredients you need, you’re good to go. One of the things that you might have tried before while shopping is buying some fad dieting products.
Things that claim to help you lose weight fast in the form of diet pills, frozen diet meals, brand diet plans or meal replacement shakes. Sometimes it’ll be a particular food that people are claiming to have “magical weight loss effects.”
Don’t buy into these, because they’re really not as trustworthy as they might seem. When it comes to diet and weight loss, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Chances are slim that there’s really a product that’s going to help you drop 30 pounds in 2 weeks.
While we don’t like accepting this fact, it’s true – weight loss takes time, effort, and commitment. Instead of wasting your money gambling on some weight loss scam product, go with tried and true methods.
Eating smaller, healthier meals will cause you to lose weight, and that’s been proven time after time. Just because one person claims to have dropped a ton of weight after taking some pill doesn’t mean it’s going to be true – or long lasting.
Buying groceries and cooking at home is not only a more affordable option, but it’s also one that will help you get in shape and will give you some more variety in your meals, leading to an overall happier life.
Use Digital Media to Guide Your Workout
People are often hesitant to get in shape because they’re unsure of what to do and believe that they need to hire a personal trainer and other similar professionals in order to have a successful attempt at fitness.
In this day and age with the internet, that’s simply not true. You can find everything you need and more using digital media – you just need to know where to look. The first problem people tend to run into is not having a workout plan.
You might have stepped into a gym before and felt totally lost. You don’t know what machines to use, how to use them, and haven’t even considered touching the free weight area.
All you really know are dumbbell curls and maybe a few things for your legs. At this point, some people think of hiring a personal trainer to tell them what to do, but that can be out of some people’s price range.
Instead, look online at workout forums. Most of them have beginner guides with detailed information about what to do in order, how much of it you should do, what to look for, and so on.
You can save it on your phone or jot it down and head to the gym with a perfect guide, saving you from the embarrassment of just meandering around the gym. Another great resource for workout tips is YouTube.
Through YouTube, you can find quick and easy visual guides on workouts that you don’t quite know how to do. A lot of the terminology can get confusing, and trying to describe some workouts in words can be difficult.
If you don’t have a friend or a personal trainer to show you what to do, people on YouTube can tell you in just around a minute, and they’ll give you some useful tips as well.
You should also look to digital media for diet planning. You don’t need to go and pay for sessions with a nutritionist to tell you what you should be eating. There are so many people that catalogue their full meals online with recipes all the time.
Following other people’s meal plans can get you the same results that they’re seeing, and you don’t have to spend a dime for someone to tell you what to eat. Finally, you can download apps on your smart phone to help you tracks your workout progress. There are apps that help you with everything from workout routines to diet tracking, and you should use them to help your fitness progress.
Join a Local Adult Sports Team
Sometimes, the best way to get in shape isn’t to join an expensive gym or buy a bunch of equipment, but rather to just spend some good time playing sports. Chances are, you have an adult sports team in your area that you could have a good time with.
These teams are a great way to get in shape at a low cost. First, they provide you with a way to get in your cardio. For most people, this is what they’re missing for their fitness. Whether you’re playing soccer, baseball, basketball, skating, or anything else, you’re probably going to be spending a lot of time running or at least doing some kind of intensive cardio.
This is much different from cardio at the gym, though. At the gym, you’d run on a treadmill or an elliptical. This is a pretty boring movement that you repeat ad nauseam until you feel like you’ve done enough.
If you’re lucky, they might have TVs that you can watch, but if not, you’re just staring at the wall or at the rest of the gym. In sports, on the other hand, you’re doing varied movements that help keep your body more limber and dynamic, and you’re not as likely to get bored.
Instead of just using your legs and walking, you might be using your arms, ducking down, moving side to side, and so on. This makes the workout much more interesting, and time flies fast so it doesn’t feel like you’ve been walking forever.
Another thing joining a team like this does for you is hold you accountable. If you don’t really feel like going to the gym, and you don’t have a gym partner or anything like that, you’re just not going to go.
However, if a team is counting on you to be there, you’re going to be much more likely to show up whether you feel like it or not, because you’re being held accountable. It’s really nice to be able to spend time with new people and do something that you enjoy.
Gyms can get stagnant and boring after some time. It’s much more enjoyable to do something that varies and changes and helps you grow as a person. Combined with the fact that team dues are cheaper than a gym membership, it’s a really great alternative to working out – especially if you’re on a budget.
Remember, you can always find a way to achieve fitness goals – whether it’s weight loss, building muscle mass, improving mobility or range of motion, or more. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you have to spend on this pursuit.
Don’t Let Finances Get in the Way of Your Fitness
When you want to achieve a specific goal, sometimes you’re desperate enough to do anything it takes to get there. Often, people don’t think things through, and they end up spending beyond their means, as if throwing money at the problem will help solve it.
You don’t want to be one of those people who go all out and get into debt. These people will invest in a top level gym membership, expensive personal training, nutrition coaching, new fitness gear and more in their effort to realize their dreams.
The reality is, you don’t need any specific budget to get fit. Everyone on every level of income can do this if you just know how. In fact, you don’t have to spend a single penny if you don’t have it.
If you do have a budget, then you may want to invest in some strategic elements that will help you achieve your goals faster. You can do this on a budget. The first thing you want to do is figure out what your budget for fitness is.
Not everyone’s budget will be the same. Some people may only have $10 a month to invest, while others have thousands. Don’t try to compare your plan with anyone else’s. If you know that you specifically want some sort of tool or other element that will help you achieve your goals, and you don’t yet have the money for it, then figure out where you can cut costs in your life so that you can divert those funds towards your fitness goals.
The first thing you may want to consider is creating an at home gym. This can be done with or without investing in equipment, but the great thing is, it saves you money from you not having to pay a recurring gym membership.
You can buy equipment that is budget friendly, including purchasing used equipment that people are getting rid of. You can also use things around the house that you already have.
For example, a female who is just starting out in fitness and doesn’t have much strength, can use large cans of food as small weights. You can also buy inexpensive equipment such as stretch bands that help you strength train for a few dollars instead of investing in more expensive heavy weights.
You can use your bodyweight to train in a home gym and not have any equipment at all. Another way that you can get fit without letting finances get in the way of your goals is to use public spaces.
There are some parks that include fitness equipment in them, for instance where you can do pull ups. You can also use trails to run and get your cardio in. Even if it’s raining, that’s no excuse not to get your fitness in for the day.
There are many people who go to an indoor place such as a mall and walk until they have achieved a certain number of steps for the day. There’s really no excuse as to why you can’t get fit due to finances.
One thing that many people like to do is utilize digital media. They will use their smart phone, tablet, laptop, computer, or television to tune into advice and training that is offered for free on the Internet.
Of course, you want to be careful about who you choose to learn from. But assuming you find a bona fide expert, there’s no reason why you can’t get all sorts of fitness advice for free.
That includes things like dietary and nutrition advice, proper form, and entire fitness routines that are created for a wide variety of individuals. For example, you can find a specific fitness regimen for seniors, for women, for those who want to build muscle, for teenagers, and more.
You can even find fitness routines for women who are pregnant. Of course, you want to check with your doctor before following any advice and make sure that it’s right for you. You may want to invest in the use of a personal trainer to achieve your fitness goals.
This may or may not fit your budget, but there are ways to save money if you only have a certain amount you can spend on this. For example, many personal trainers publicly offered their services in terms of an hourly rate.
But you may be able to inquire about getting a half hour workout instead. Some trainers will give a discount if you work out with them multiple times per week. So instead of paying $100 per hour for one hour a week, you might be able to get two hours a week of training in, at a lower rate of $85 per hour.
Another thing you can do with personal trainers is ask if they will train you and a friend for a lower rate for each of you. So instead of having to pay $100 by yourself, you may be able to get a friend to go in on it with you and each pay $50.
Even if the trainer charged a bit more, you will often get a discount. So the trainer may charge $150 for two people, but it’s still a savings for you when you split it. Another thing you may consider is analyzing which trainer has a lower level of certificates.
If you walk into the gym and are paired with a top-tier trainer who has multiple certifications, their hourly rate will probably be more. However, there may be a newer trainer who is certified in what you need help with, who simply doesn’t have as many certifications and therefore doesn’t charge as much.
Keep in mind that you may only need personal training for a short period of time. If it’s not in your budget to keep it going, you can work with a personal trainer to educate your about the machines and workout routines and then do it on your own from there.
You may also want to consider group fitness. This is where you’ll be in a larger class filled with many individuals. You won’t get as much one on one attention from the personal trainer, but it is still his or her job to make sure that you are working out with proper form and working towards your goals.
There are some things that you don’t want to skimp on when it comes to financing your fitness goals. For example, if you plan to do a lot of running, you want the best athletic shoes you can afford.
The last thing you want to do is begin suffering from joint problems because you were wearing cheap shoes with no support. There’s really no need to invest in expensive athletic clothing.
Some people feel like when they start a fitness program, they have to go and get the top brand-name athletic gear. But you can work out in any pair of shorts and t-shirt you have lying around.
There’s no need to go into debt on this sort of thing if it’s out of your reach. Some things you want to consider as a good investment. For example, if you are working on your fitness, you want to stay hydrated.
Not doing so can have a negative impact on your body. So a water bottle will be vital to your endurance and success. You can certainly buy a disposable water bottle, but it might be more financially sound in the long run to invest in a reusable one.
Sometimes there will be a specific item you need for the type of training you want to do. For example, if you are lifting weights and continually struggling with hands that are torn up from the process, then you may want to invest in a pair of gloves specifically for lifting weights.
Some things will work toward a convenience factor for you. For example, if you are tired of working out and having sweat pour down your face, then you may want to invest in a headband that keeps the perspiration out of your eyes.
Once you decide what kind of fitness routine you plan on pursuing, make a list of all of the wants and needs you have for that particular routine or strategy. Then, prioritize them based on what you absolutely must have and what would be nice to own.
For the items that are must haves, spend a little time to shop smart so that you’re not blowing a budget on unnecessary brands or products. Depending on the purpose of the product, you may be able to get away with something much less expensive.