Money Saving Fitness Tips

3 May

It’s Thursday?

I have no sense of time anymore; this week is going by in the blink of an eye! I’m still cranking out assignments and exams and slowly but surely I’m making my way towards being DONE with this semester! Thank the Lord.

Being on a “college kid budget” I am also looking to save money where I can. I was recently sent some super good tips relating this to fitness. Check it out:

9 Affordable Ways to Get Fit at Home

1. Buy From Gyms
Gyms undergoing renovations — or simply making upgrades to their fitness equipment — usually sell off their old stuff at killer prices. Call around to find out if any local fitness centers are currently selling old treadmills, stationary bikes or benches, or if they have any plans to do so in the near future.

2. Buy Used
Fitness equipment is definitely one of those items best purchased used, if possible. In addition to scanning Craigslist and hitting up local garage sales, you can also look for remanufactured options online at Wayfair.com. When buying from private seller, be sure to research the brand and test the equipment before agreeing to purchase it.

3. Shop Online
You can often find great deals on fitness clothing and accessories by shopping online. Compare promotions and avoid delivery costs with such sites as FreeShipping.org, which offers discounts from popular sporting good stores. For example, you can save $10 on orders of $60 or more with a FinishLine coupon.

4. Use Your Body
Squats, push ups, tricep dips and many other moves are all great ways to workout without the added cost of equipment. You can also get creative with items around your house. A chair is a great tool for step ups, tricep dips and decline push ups. Water bottles can be used in place of small hand weights and your child’s jump rope is a great way to burn calories quickly.

5. Suspend Yourself
Suspension training systems — which use a series of straps in addition to body weight — are a popular way to intensify home workouts without bulky fitness equipment. TRX is likely the most well-known system but requires a significant investment. GoFit’s Gravity Bar and straps offers an affordable alternative, and also travels easily for when you hit the road.

6. Go Discount
Discount retailers are great resources for basic fitness accessories like DVDs, yoga mats, stability balls, fitness clothing and more. For example, a friend of mine recently found yoga blocks at TJMaxx for $5 each. Similar blocks at REI cost $15 each, over 60 percent of what she paid for them.

7. Use Technology
Get free workout tips on your phone with apps like GymGoal ABC, which features 280 animated exercises and 52 workout routines that are adjustable to four levels of expertise. You can also find free personal training videos online at sites like BodyRock orFitnessMagazine.com. If you pay for cable, take advantage of the morning fitness videos available on Discovery Fit & Health.

8. Avoid Fitness Fads
Shake Weight, anyone? Products boasting quick weight loss with minimal effort are usually too good to be true. No pain, no gain, remember? Don’t fall for the hype and read reviews before buying the latest and greatest DVD set or fitness system. There are some great ones being released on the market all the time, but ask for recommendations first.

9. Check Your Policy
Like most Americans, you likely pay a lot for your health insurance premiums. Healthy policyholders means less risk for pricey doctor’s bills, and select health insurance providers offer incentives for fitness programs. Check with your provider for fitness programs that offer discounts on activewear, fitness rentals and equipment purchases.

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Pretty cool, right? I am a bid advocate of #4. Most of my strength workouts consist of no-nosense old school basic moves that WORK. Your body is a great “weight” to lift! I am also really interested in #5- I want to get my own suspension training system. I think it would be a great way to switch things up for my apartment workouts. Being a student, I have access to the university rec center so I will be making good use of that this summer and taking some fun classes. Usually it’s packed from wall to wall, but once a lot of the kids go home for break, I’ll be able to enjoy it (almost) all to myself.

My beverage of choice lately, aside from water, has been green tea. You all know how much I love my coffee, but I have discovered something that has made me cut wayyyy back. More on that next time. For now, green tea love:

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Have a great day!

Kristi

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5 Responses to “Money Saving Fitness Tips”

  1. Alexandra May 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Great tips! I’m with ya on #4, there are so many BW exercises out there!
    And I LOVE that tea bag quote 🙂 Good luck finishing up the semester!

  2. yogininoms May 3, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    I’ve never considered buying from a gym! what a great idea 🙂

  3. Lisa May 4, 2012 at 1:10 am #

    Great tips girl! Haha, the shake weight. I wonder if anyone has gotten any results from it 😉 I love bodyrock/zuzana’s ZWOW’s are my favourite for at home workouts. I also have some free weights, an exercise ball, and some other things. I definitely do not need the gym to get in an awesome workout. And I’ve never been in better shape either. I love coffee too, I could never ever give it up. Good luck with the rest of the school year!

  4. itsthecookiemonster May 4, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    body weight training is the way to go! gets you lead&fit and it’s free of charge 🙂

  5. Laura @joyful shimmy May 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    Awesome tips! One of my thing is looking for cute activewear at stores like Marshall’s and tjmaxx I get some cute stuff within budget

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