While I used to attend $34-$60 fitness boutique classes in $150 workout gear on the reg, I’m now in saving mode. I’d rather spend my money on nice dinners out, Hamilton tickets, travel, and (somewhere down the road…) my own piece of Manhattan real estate. Just because I’m more mindful of where my money goes doesn’t mean I still can’t stay in shape and have fun while doing it though! Here are my tips for working out on a budget:
Embrace the Virtual Trainer. Thanks to the Internet and social media, this whole “virtual trainer” thing has really taken off in the last five years or so. We are no longer restricted to scheduling gym time with a personal trainer. That’s costly and hard to keep up at the same time day after day and week after week once life gets in the way. Thankfully, now all that’s needed to get in a good sweat sesh is a laptop or smartphone! Personal trainers, like Karena & Katrina from Tone It Up, are making workouts available online…for free! Australian personal trainer Kayla Itsines is also making her mark on this industry with her fitness app which costs less than $5/ week or $55 for three months with a subscription. Just turn to Instagram or YouTube for countless free workouts and healthy recipes at your fingertips!
Girl’s Night Out. I must admit I haven’t given up expensive boutique fitness classes completely, but I’ve definitely cut back. These days I usually go once or twice a month as a fun “Girl’s Night Out” alternative to the ol’ dinner & drinks. It’s a great way to catch up with friends while burning calories instead of packing them on. It’s also fun to have new, unique experiences with friends. Boxing at Shadowbox is next on my list!
The World Is Your Playground. Run. Hike. Climb. Walk. Stroll. Skip. Just go outside! There are so many free and exciting ways to work out in the great outdoors. Plus, some fresh air and sunshine on your skin will do your body good!
Captain Planet…Fitness. I recently joined a Planet Fitness and for just $10/month, I get access to all the cardio machines (personal TVs and phone chargers included) and free weights I could ever want or need. Not only has it been amazing during New York’s freezing temps, but since its right across the street from my office I can guarantee I get a good workout in before I ever get close to my bed. (Once I’m home my mind usually changes from “Get your sweat on!” to “Get your sweatpants on!”) I’m sure there is a Planet Fitness or similar, inexpensive gym in your area.
Splurge vs. Save. While I enjoy saving my money for neat experiences and nice meals these days, I still splurge on fitness from time to time. For me, it’s all about the runDisney races! Unfortunately, a weekend of these races costs over $400 just in registration fees. Then, I have to tack on flights, hotel, and Disney park tickets! It ain’t cheap, so I try to find a balance between saving and splurging. If you’re in the same boat, I suggest saving where you can on the day-to-day fitness expenses (gym memberships, classes, etc.) and splurging on the fun experiences that include life-long memories (costume races, destination races, adventure travel vacations, etc.). The same goes for clothing. Invest in a great pair of Bandier leggings and running shoes, but save when it comes to tops and accessories. Target and Old Navy have really cute, quality workout gear for less.
Do you splurge or save when it comes to fitness? Let me know in the comments below!
Stay fit and fabulous,
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