Staying in shape is tough—especially as we get older. It can also be expensive. There’s the cost of gym memberships, exercise equipment, weight-loss foods, supplements, and more. But there are lots of ways to save money by working out in and around your home. Read on to learn a few of the ways to shed pounds without shedding dollars in the process.
Bag Your Gym Membership and Save
You don’t have to pay membership dues to a gym to get a good workout. If you’re not certain, get step-by-step instructions for exercises including shoulder presses, curls, triceps, triceps extensions and more from the Internet. With an exercise mat and a couple sets of dumbbells, you can get a great workout from home while saving money. Plus, you get to pick your own music. If you need the motivation of a gym to exercise, don’t accept the standard price stated. Live the frugal life by negotiating your membership fee. You’d be surprised how flexible gyms are when it comes to signing up new members and keeping existing ones.
Buy a Home Workout Program and Save Money?
While it may sound counter-intuitive to buy expensive exercise equipment for use at home, the right program can work in your favor. In an article written for MoneyCrashers.com, author Erik Folgate recommends the P90X workout program calling it, “the real deal” and stating that it includes 15 different workouts. Wikipedia describes the program as a “commercial home exercise regimen designed to get you in shape in 90 days using cross-training and periodization combined with a nutrition and dietary supplement plan.”
The Only Loss from Portion Control Food Happens to Your Wallet
Programs that offer portion and calorie controlled foods are very expensive and reported to taste much like the cardboard box they came in. With a little bit of knowledge and effort on your part, you can create healthy, low-calorie meals on your own saving you a lot on mail-order food. There are many cookbooks specializing in low-calorie, healthy dishes available used on Amazon.com.
Let Your Dog Be Your Personal Trainer
Taking on a dog is definitely a commitment. Naturally, you’ll have to feed him, groom him, and get him the necessary veterinarian care, but dogs give you a reason to get out and walk, hike or if your dog is in good shape, run. What’s more, you’ll get a wonderful, loving companion in the bargain.
Weight-Loss Supplements? Save Your Money
You may see results from some over-the-counter weight-loss supplements. But as soon as you stop taking them, you’ll gain back whatever weight you lost and possibly even lose any muscle you’ve gained. Better to lose weight and tone up the old-fashioned way with diet and exercise.
Lose Weight and Save Money from Home While You Sleep
Your body needs to be well-rested to reap the benefits of any exercise program. Besides, if you’re too tired to give your workout your all, you may as well not bother. Sleep is the ultimate rejuvenator. Without a good night’s sleep, nothing else you do will be effective.
The Breakfast of Champions
You’ve heard it before, but it’s worth repeating: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Start the day off with the right food and you’re body will be prepared to tackle whatever lies ahead including a taxing workout. Lower your grocery bill and improve your diet by cooking at home. Eggs and oatmeal are the perfect combination because they deliver both high amounts of protein and fiber plus they’re cheap.
Workout Gear: Shop Discount Stores and Save
Don’t succumb to the slick marketing and merchandising of stores specializing in workout clothes, shoes, and gear. Instead, shop at discount stores such as Ross, Famous Footwear, T.J. Maxx, and Marshalls. Discount retailers such as these often offer the same merchandise as the top-of-the-line stores for far less.
Bike In and Around Your Home and Save
If you already own a bike, make sure it’s road-worthy. If not, take it to your local bike shop for an overhaul. If you don’t own one, don’t buy one new. Instead, check community sites such as Craigslist.com for a used bike. You might also want to consider buying used workout machines from a community site. Given how expensive these machines can be new, you’ll save substantially by buying them used. Obviously, before you plunk down your hard-earned cash, make sure every aspect of the machine functions as it should.
Follow some or all of these ways to get a great workout from home while saving money, and you’ll start to see a change in your body and your bank account in no time. There are lots of ways to spend less and save more if you’re willing to do the research.