Fewer than one-third of U.S adults meet the government’s new physical fitness guidelines, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. New guidelines advise that adults participate in 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise each week, in addition to muscle-strengthening activities. One reason cited for U.S citizens’ lack of exercise is the high cost of gym memberships. Statista reports that 15% of individuals pay between $101 and $250 a month for theirs, while a further 57% fork out between $21 and $100. But, is there a way to get fit and save cash?
Maximize your savings at the gym
It’s estimated that 57.25 million Americans hold a gym membership, with the average membership costing $54 a month. However, you can save tens of dollars on your membership by utilizing special discounts and shopping around. Be sure to compare prices online across all the gyms in your area and also check websites, such as Groupon, for promotions and deals. You may also find that if you sign up as a group with your friends or family members, you’ll get a discounted rate. The cash that you save on your membership can then be used to create a home gym which in the long run will mean less cash spent on gym memberships.
Getting fit at home
According to Architectural Digest, working out at home is set to become the latest fitness fad as Americans shun their costly gym memberships in favor of YouTube fitness videos and home gyms. By plowing your gym membership savings into a high-interest bank account, you’ll benefit from more interest. As a result, your personal finances will flourish and you’ll have more cash set aside to invest in a high-quality home gym. Consider investing in a treadmill, elliptical trainer, dumbbell set and resistance bands to kickstart your home gym, before adding more pieces as your bank balance grows.
Ditch the fancy equipment
No one said that gyms were the only way to get fit. In fact, one of the most effective and cheapest ways to get fit is to walk. Good House Keeping reports that an individual who weighs between 140 and 160 pounds will burn 112 calories per 30 minutes of walking at a moderate pace of 3 mph. Increase your pace to 4-5 mph and you’ll burn a whopping 214 calories in just half an hour. You can even mix up your walking routine by adding weights or by incorporating stairs and hills into your route. You may even find that you prefer working out outside and choose to ditch your gym membership altogether.
Getting fit needn’t cost you a fortune, so long as you take steps to manage the costs associated with your workouts. Before signing up to a gym, be sure to shop around. Meanwhile, use your savings to invest in your own gym equipment. And, don’t forget that regular walks can provide an all over workout and, best of it, they cost nothing at all.