Staying Fit While Saving

The daffodils are in full bloom, the trees are budding and the mention of “snow” on the weatherman’s forecast is few and far between. Spring has finally arrived.

Now that warmer temps are officially upon us and summer is on its way, your New Year’s resolution echoes in the back of your mind. You made it a goal to get back in shape by summer and you’re realizing that goal has not come to fruition. If there’s one thing that can deter us from hitting the gym it can be pricey memberships paired up with expensive classes and activewear. But what most people don’t realize is that there are a lot of missed opportunities to save a little here and there when it comes to getting fit.

We’ve rounded up a few ways you can stay fit while saving some cash too and be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Joining a Gym

When it comes to joining a gym, it’s easy to put it off if there’s a hefty price tacked onto it. A lot of gyms will take advantage of customers and add on initiation and class fees, one-year commitments, along with extra costs to access other locations. All in all, it can add up. It’s worth it to check if there are any online promotions that offer discounts upon joining or better yet, a $0 initiation fee. Also, be sure to check if your prospective gym offers a free trial before committing and if you are locked into a contract after signing up. Month-to-month memberships might seem like the most flexible option, but sometimes committing to a year saves you a lot more money in the long run. All in all, it’s well worth a visit to try out your gym of choice once or even a few times before committing. Here are a few gyms that offer free trials and discounts for memberships:

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24 Hour Fitness: Not only does 24 Hour Fitness offer a free three-day pass but  their multiple club passes make it affordable and easy to workout at one of their gyms no matter where you are. Going on vacation and hoping to get a workout or two in? Not a problem. Most likely, 24 Hour Fitness is close by.

Gold’s Gym: Similar to 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gym can be found across the U.S. and all over the world. They offer a variety of membership options whether you’re looking for a month-to-month or a yearly membership. Better yet, if you’re not satisfied, they offer a 30-day money back guarantee.

Your At-Home Gym

For those looking to workout in the comfort of their own home, at-home fitness programs, videos, and equipment are great options to kickstart your workout routine.

Gaiam: Yoga and meditation enthusiasts will be delighted to learn about Gaiam’s extensive range of products and instructional videos. And it doesn’t stop there. They also offer a variety of fitness products ranging from resistance bands, hand weights, speed ropes, and more.

Titan Fitness: If you’re looking to hit the gym hard without leaving your house, Titan Fitness might be a great option for you. From cardio and gym equipment to strength training with dumbbells, conditioning, and more, Titan Fitness is a great alternative to getting fit at home.

Dress & Look the Part

A big part of feeling motivated about getting fit is by looking the part. Sometimes, it’s hard to invest in expensive activewear if you know you’re going to sweat in it! More and more retailers are incorporating athleisure into their clothing lines meaning there’s more options for you to choose from at a reasonable price. In addition, outlets are another great alternative for bargain deals of today’s latest trends if you’re not ready to commit to a hefty price on a pair of workout pants.

Here’s a few affordable options that not only will make you look stylish but also feel great too.

Fabletics: Kate Hudson’s line combines affordable, stylish and high-quality elements together when it comes to activewear for men and women. They often offer a two for $24 leggings deal when you become a VIP member. Choose from a wide selection of prints, colors, textures, and more for your gym threads.

Gymshark: Stylish and clean lines are the name of the game for Gymshark’s clothing line and all of it comes at an affordable price.

Get Outdoors

If you’re not the type of person who can be motivated by going into a gym, why not get outside instead? Getting outdoors is not only a great way to save some money on a gym membership but your options are endless.

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When it comes to covering up for the great outdoors, Patagonia, The North Face, and Eddie Bauer are all great places to start. Now that we’re going into spring a lot of these retailers will be pushing out their winter garments to make room for summer, so say hello to spring sales.

So whether you’re trying out hot yoga for the first time, getting active outside, or working on your at home-gym space, these savings tips will be sure to get you get on the right track to a healthier you.