Ready to smash those fitness goals? You don’t have to break the bank to get healthy! Here are ten simple ways to get fit on a budget!
Guys, for years I was that girl that would make exercise conditional.
“If I just had those shoes, I would run more.”
“Maybe if I just had a personal trainer, I wouldn’t be so fat.”
“If I just had a meal replacement, I’d eat less.”
Basically, I’d make it so that I was setting myself for failure. My attitude and perceptions held me back. I’d wait until conditions were *perfect* (or what I thought they should be) before working out or eating right.
I was ALWAYS blaming my health problems on others or factors in my life.
But at one point, I realized that I was never going to stop wanting to be healthy. It needed to happen. I was letting depression ruin my life and I was letting my emotions and mind control me.
I had to stop waiting for life to happen to me, and start making life happen for me.
This meant that I had to take control of everything. I had to make myself accountable. I had to set new priorities, and that included making the time.
It also meant making investments in myself.
First, I hired my own personal trainer. Yeah, it was expensive. But if I’d only known where it would take me (here!) I would have done it a long time ago.
Next, I went to school to become a personal trainer myself.
Fast forward a few years and I am mentally stronger than ever, and on my way to my healthiest self, ever.
However, I spent a lot of time and effort on those things because I knew it was going to be my career. There were a lot of things I could have done differently, and I could have spent less money. But those were things I needed to do for myself.
You probably aren’t going to have a major career change like me, but you can get fit on a budget!
Once you realize that you are making investments in yourself, it’s a little easier to spend money on fitness-related stuff. Plus, once you add up the money you spend on going out to eat or buying the best makeup, you’ll realize that maybe you do have the money you need – you just need to fix your priorities.
I gave up a lot of things to be a stay-at-home mom, but I never compromise on my fitness stuff.
It makes me a better mom & human in general to take care of myself.
Anyway, I’d encourage you to think about your priorities before you read this post. Chances are you’re spending time and money on things you don’t need or that will help you be the opposite of healthy.
Okay. Let’s get to it. Here are my fave, totally justifiable ways to get fit on a budget.
11 Simple Ways to Get Fit On A Budget
1. Pick up running.
Walking and running are two of the cheapest, best ways to get fit on a budget. That’s because they are 100% free! You don’t have to have anything but your body. And unless you are going to get all marathon-y on me, you don’t have to have any special gear. Except maybe a good sports bra if your ta-tas are huge. LOL.
2. Buy in bulk.
You already know that your diet is SUPER important. You’ve heard it, weight loss is “80% diet, 20% exercise.” It’s true! So if you’re going to get serious about getting fit, buy those healthy items in bulk. You’ll want lean meat like ground turkey and chicken, plus lots and lots of veggies! Costco has a ton of organic choices. Pro tip: Fresh is best but frozen is second best! If you buy a lot of fresh stuff, stick half of it in the freezer when you get home to make sure it doesn’t go to waste.
3. Join Beachbody on Demand.
I had to bring this one up because I have been paying $54/month for my gym membership for years now (including childcare). That comes out to $648 per year. Yikes. If you buy a year of Beachbody on Demand, you get 12 months of unlimited workouts for $99. That comes out to $8.25 per month. You can stream tons of different workouts from your phone, tablet, smart TV, or computer. Not only do you get to work out whenever and wherever, you get access to a coach like me who will hold you accountable if you join my challenge groups!
4. Start with some cheap home gym basics.
I would recommend some dumbbells and a yoga mat at the very least. You can do so much with just these two things, and you’ll often find them at Goodwill or other resale shops! If you’re looking for other cheap things to add to your home gym, here’s a post I wrote about home gym essentials.
5. Try some workouts from Pinterest.
Pinterest is full of fun workouts to try. There are lots of random ones you can Pin to a board and save for later. I created this bodyweight booty killer and it’s doing really well on Pinterest. However, not every workout you’ll find there is from a trainer who knows what they’re doing, so be careful! Also remember that while anything that gets you up and moving is great, sometimes it’s best to have a long-term workout plan.
6. Invest in some supplements.
I know this sounds unnecessary, but if you are known to fly by the seat of your pants when it comes to nutrition, this could be a lifesaver. It may actually save you money. I remember thinking that Shakeology was expensive, but then I looked at how much I was spending on going out to eat each month. (Yikes.) Now I use Shakeology as a meal replacement blended with just ice & water and it’s cheaper than a meal at any restaurant.
Curious how much?
A 30-day supply of Shakeology comes out to $4.33 per serving if you buy it alone.
Pro Tip: Bundle together Beachbody on Demand with a month of Shakeology and you’ll get a whole year of workouts plus that 30-day supply of the shake. Separately, these two things cost $228.95. Buy them together and save $68.95!!!
7. Wait until a promotion is running to join your local gym.
There are typically sign-up fees associated with gym memberships. Wait until there is a promotion that waives that fee, or any other special. My gym almost always runs a New Year’s Resolution special, so now is the perfect time to watch out for things like that!
8. Replace sugary drinks with water.
Cut the Starbucks! Skip the soda! Remember that Shakeology we talked about? The one full of superfoods and the perfect amount of fat, carbs, and protein? You could have that every day for the price of your fancy coffee drink!
9. Download a fitness app.
There are a lot of free fitness apps out there, and some paid ones that are totally worth the money. My favorite ones are 7 Minute Workout, the Couch to 5k running app, and MyFitnessPal. I also use the Beachbody Challenge Tracker for accountability groups. (If you want to join a fitness challenge for the accountability, let me know, since each group requires an email invite.)
10. Check your local library for old exercise videos.
This could be hit-and-miss, but I still love old exercise videos. Some of those from the 80s and 90s are just so fun! You can also find DVDs from people like Jillian Michaels and the Stott Pilates group.
11. Try the Wildcard Workout game.
I created a free workout game that’s kind of like a card game. Print it, cut it out, then sweat! All moves are bodyweight moves so you don’t have to have any special equipment. The best part is that you never know which card you are going to draw, making it so that your workout is different every time.
So, still don’t think you can get fit on a budget? (No more excuses!)
Or, do you have other ideas for people looking to get fit on a budget? Tell me below!