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The average monthly cost of a gym membership is $58 – and, in some cases, in the hundreds! Yet, 67% of paying members don’t even make it to the gym – each wasting an average of $700 every year in unused gym membership fees. To avoid this madness, here are some low-cost ways to get fit without hitting the gym.
1. Stream your Workouts for FREE Accessing free, quality workouts has never been easier!
YouTube, for example, has a ton to choose from. Find them by simply searching for “free workouts” on the YouTube search bar.
If you use a streaming player, search for free workout channels on your streaming player or TV. I use Roku and they have an entire channel category for fitness. Some are free and some need a subscription. Choose accordingly.
You’ll also find great workout options on both Netflix and Hulu!
If you use traditional cable, chances are you have many workouts to choose from too!
2. Subscribe to a Workout Streaming Service
If free streaming options are not for you, consider a subscription service. There are many to choose from. And many for under $10 per month – which is still a huge savings over the average gym membership, plus you won’t have to drive anywhere!
3. Use Fitness DVDs
The convenience of having your own fitness DVDs is that you always know what you have – you won’t waste time choosing a workout or sitting through ads. I like to only get ones with short workouts. Exercising in 10-minute increments works best with my attention span. The best thing is that getting exercise DVDs doesn’t have to cost a fortune!
Borrow fitness videos from your library
Many public libraries lend fitness videos. A short drive to the library every so often will help you save money and stay in shape. Plus, it’ll give you a chance to get to know your library and find other money saving gems they may have.
Buy used exercise DVDs
This is how I’ve gotten most of my exercise DVDs. Most people buy exercise DVDs with good intentions, but rarely get around to using them. If you don’t mind taking some time to yard sale for these, they’re a great bargain! – I won’t pay more than $1 for an exercise DVD at a garage sale. You can also check other places – like thrift stores, Craigslist or Ebay – for your secondhand DVDs, either way, you’ll still save money over new.
4. Get Fit in your Own Home Gym
This may cost a little bit more up front, but will be cheaper than a gym membership in the long run. Especially if you buy used equipment. Similar to used fitness DVDs, secondhand equipment is rarely used, if at all. Plus, when you buy used, if you end up not liking it or tiring out of it, you can typically resell it for what you paid for.
5. Head Outdoors to Get in Shape!
I exercise better outdoors than indoors. As it turns out, it’s super easy for me to hit the stop button on my exercise machine. But if I’m walking or running outside, I can’t just quit when I’m bored. I still need to make it back to where I started from. This translates into a better workout for me.
Walking or running is probably the least expensive form of exercise you can do. For the cost of a pair of sneakers, you can get started. And most of us have access to a safe walking area either by our home, office or nearby park. Whether it’s a zen run by yourself or with a buddy to keep you motivated, heading outdoors is a great way to stay fit.
Lastly, if group sports are what motivate you, try community sites like Meetup.com to find active groups in your area. As a bonus, you’ll probably make new friends!