January is a time of promise of weight loss and building the body of your dreams……for a price. There are memberships, programs, gadgets and supplements to buy. It just seems like it’s impossible to get fit and save money at the same time.
I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to buy anything to get in shape. In fact, a lot of effective fitness programs should put money back in your pocket rather than take it out. Here are a few examples.
Have an active commute
You already have to get to work, school or the store, why not exercise on the way there? Walking or riding a bike will save you in gas and wear and tear on your car. Plus you can get out and feel the sun on your face instead of listening to boring day-time talk radio.
Have an active job
Instead of forking a lot of money for a gym membership, why not get paid to be active? Taking on part time or summer work as a landscaper or in construction can burn far more calories than any workout in a gym. Plus, it can help you earn a paycheck at the same time.
Have an active hobby
Why spend your time and energy (not to mention money) doing mindless busy work in a gym when you can be out having fun and being social? Joining a run club or local Kettlebell class can give you accountability, social interaction and improve your skills all while having a lot of fun at the same time.
Prepare your own food
Making your own food can save you a ton of money while giving you more control over your diet at the same time. You’re also free to make your meals exactly how you like to tickle your taste buds.
Cook in bulk
Be sure to prepare a lot of food at a time and save the left overs. This will cut down significantly on prep time and decrease your food bill. Heating up prepared food is also a lot faster and more convenient than stopping at the
Decrease your luxury calories
Luxury calories are extra calories that your body doesn’t really need. These can include sugary beverages like juice, soda, smoothies and alcohol. Eating well past the point of satisfaction reduces leftovers while forcing extra calories on your body. Snacks and junk food may taste good, but the cost can add up while adding to your waistline.
These tips and more can decrease the cost of fitness while also improving your diet and exercise habits. Check out the podcast below to learn more: