A New Years goal for many is to be more physical active. Being more active can help with losing that baby weight, dealing with the everyday stress of parenting as well as blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. However, the start up costs can inhibit some from getting started. Here are tips on how to save so that you can move more:
- Check out at home options. Adding an expensive monthly gym membership is not the only option to moving more. Take inventory of the equipment that you currently have. Can you still use that old stationary bike that is currently being used as a drying rack? Weights? Home programs on DVD? If the thought of using your old exercise equipment sucks the excitement out of exercise, consider selling it on Craigslist to fund your new exercise options. Other low cost options for home are walking (consider asking a neighbor to go with), running and home exercise programs on DVD that are borrowed from the library.
- Buy used. Consider buying home exercise equipment used. Our family was able to score a Schwinn stationary bike and treadmill for only $25 at a garage sale a few years back. We also bought the 90x program that new in the box off of Craigslist for 50% off. The best prices on exercise equipment tend to be on Craigslist, resale stores like Goodwill and garage sales. Another great item to snag at resale stores is workout clothing. Stick with new shoes, however, as the supports on running shoes wear out after 500 miles.
What are your favorite ways to save on exercise?