Are you broke from spending a fortune on fitness? Not anymore. It’s high time that you stop using expense as an excuse to stop living a healthy lifestyle.

Fitness is extremely important and we know staying fit can be difficult on its own. With all the expensive diet plans and workout routines, it will start taking a toll on your paycheck by the end of the month.

Guess what? You will no longer have to spend thousands of dollars on those boutique fitness classes or fancy yoga courses.

We are here to help you save money on fitness with our 5 simple, absolutely proven hacks, which will make you believe that staying fit does not always have to be expensive.

1. Home Exercise is the Cheapest Alternative

Listen up, you don’t have to go to the gym in order to stay fit.

Just try out a couple of exercises at home. You don’t have to opt for high-end fitness gears and equipment at the gym.

First, understand your body type and your ultimate body goal. Only then you can figure out which exercises will be effective for you. Soon you will see yourself transform into a healthier body and feel energetic.

Invest in a set of dumbbells or a home cycling machine and you won’t have to hit the gym ever again. With only an hour long cardio session or warm up at the gym, you barely even use all the equipment there. So, it’s better to invest in something more long-term.

How Much Are You Saving?

You can save around $100 every month on a gym membership if you just order a cheap exercise equipment that suits your basic needs.

Also, you can just subscribe to some various channels run by fitness experts and viola, you will be saving around $400 more on personal fitness trainers.

2. Try Extra-Curricular Activities as a Substitute

Why don’t people think of this? No, really. Isn’t it way more rewarding if you stay fit by learning something new rather than going to the gym every day, spending an hour on lifting dumbbells?

See, here’s the thing, play a sport that you love and just get yourself into the action. Fitness comes with a lot of prices, but monetary consequences don’t have to be one of those.

Don’t you get tired of the same exercise routine every day? Playing a new sport can be so much more effective. Not only in terms of fitness but also to increase your flexibility and reflexes.

On top of that, you won’t even have to spend a ton of money on fitness instructors. Just hit your local recreation center and take advantage of the various sports played there. They are a hell lot cheaper than your gym membership.

How Much Are You Saving?

If you take a membership at the recreation center, it’ll cost you almost half the price of gyms. So you’ll be saving around $600 a year, or even more.

Say no to boring gym routines. Win-win!

3. Opt For Cheaper, Healthier Food Options

You must have been preached regarding eating healthy at some point in life, right? It is important that you choose your meals wisely and portion them well.

Do not spend a crazy amount of money on diet food. Normal veggies are rich in minerals and fibers. Just because some fruits and vegetables are expensive, it does not automatically make them a better, healthier alternative.

Many videos tutorials you see on the net make diet food look so appetizing and scrumptious even when made from scratch. In reality, though, they are not as effortless to make and definitely not cheap. Don’t fall for the high-end diet meals.

Most food items have at least one cheaper substitute for it, so think before purchasing. Choose common, fresh produce so that at the end of the month you don’t empty your pockets along with your tummy.

How Much Are You Saving?

Buying products off sale and coupons can help you save up to 10 to 20 percent of your total bill. You can always collect items from the ‘sale’ section or the ‘super saver’ aisle.

Sometimes magazines also come with discount coupons for diet commodities. Try to collect those and use them the next time you go shopping.

4. Just Walk. Please Walk.

Want to hear a secret? You can lose up to 12 pounds in a month if you just walk or run every day.

Adapt to a routine where you walk home from school or work every day instead of taking the bus or the car. That way you will not only save money on your daily commute but also save extra bucks on fitness centers.

You will literally spend zero cents on this form of exercise and stay fit. It is a good alternative to cardio and you will not even have to spend on a treadmill or a cycling machine.

How Much Are You Saving?

The only cost you might have is buying running shoes or any other sportswear. Other than that, you will save approximately $2000 on buying a treadmill or $1200 on a gym membership by the end of the year.   

5. Save On Gym Membership Fees

Ever heard of gym promotions? So there are often promotions given out by newly opened gyms and fitness centers. They offer up to 30% discount on memberships. Use that.

You can also search for package options at budget gyms to get a value for money deal. Most importantly, don’t get a yearly membership.

Let’s face it, chances are you would end up not going to the gym after say about a few months. So, it would be wiser to pay either per visit wise or invest in a monthly payment scheme.

Some gyms also offer free trials. It might look a bit too stingy, but if you really want to spend zero cash, then you can visit those gyms during free trials and change weekly.

How Much Are You Saving?

See, budget gyms literally cost half of the bigger ones. You can save a minimum of $800 a year.

If you opt for local fitness groups then they will cost you a maximum of $150 a year. So, you won’t have to spend a fortune on fitness anymore.


Here’s the thing, the amount of money you will save or spend will completely depend on where you live. Following the tips will definitely help save money, but the rate will still depend on the charges of your local fitness centers.

You can try some cheaper alternatives to avoid going to the gym altogether. For example, buy a few fitness DVDs from a thrift store, or try free online workouts like yoga or ballet dancing. Also, please negotiate and wait for special rates and discounts.

Oh! and one more thing, if you do end up joining the gym, make sure you keep track of the extra services you are taking which are not complementary, like lockers or shoes, etc.

Fitness is extremely important. Don’t let the fear of expenses lead you towards an unhealthy lifestyle. Use these tips to save some money and stay fit at the same time!

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