How to get fit on a budget

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Fitness is one of those areas where you can literally spend a lot of money. There are gyms that cost 10 dollars a month And there are gyms – sorry, boutique fitness studios– This will manage you $50 or more per workout. There is a similar wide open price range for clothing, apps, home appliances, and everything else. So where can you save money without sacrificing a good workout? It turns out almost everywhere.

How to save money on sportswear

You can work out in the finest wicking fabrics and/or leggings, or you can work out in ragged old track pants. Your lungs and muscles don’t know the difference.

There are a few items and features mayo Worth paying more for. One is the sports bra: IIf you have breasts and plan to do “high-impact” exercises (running and jumping), your choice of bra is very important. Really supportive plus-size bras tend to be pricey. But if you are just starting to exercise and shopping for bras is holding you back, Any regular, comfortable bra is usually good enough for low-impact activities like cycling and weightlifting.

When it comes to T-shirts and shorts, cheap things are fine if you find them comfortable. Some people hate the sweaty feel of cotton, so if that’s you, you might want to ditch the bulkier fabrics — although you can buy off-brand stuff pretty cheap. If you don’t care about the fabric, you can wear whatever shirts you already own. Pro tip: buy black undershirt From Target’s men’s department ($4 a piece) they’re the most comfortable workout shirts.

Leggings and compression leggings is another area where paying more can get you better quality, but that doesn’t mean there are no bargains. Mid-range brands like GRRL and Senita make quality things that last and aren’t seen, but I’ve also heard great things about cheap Amazon leggings. (Good place to look for recommendations on the latter, and find sales on the former: r/xxfitness saturday style themes.)

How to save money on sneakers

There is a wide range of shoes that can fit exercise, depending on the type of exercise you do. This is even if you need shoes.

For yoga, barbell, Pilates, certain types of aerobics and “functional” training, you don’t need shoes at all. Socks with an elasticated bottom are recommended for barre rows, but you can get away with wearing regular socks. Others in this category are often performed barefoot. (Check out the gym to see if they order or recommend shoes.)

For running, the important thing is that your shoes are comfortable when running. Yes, running shoes can be expensive, and they are They wear out so quickly that they are basically disposable. But it’s a good idea to start with a cheap pair of sneakers, and some shoes last a lot longer than you might expect. (In my experience, more expensive shoes tend to be made of premium foam that wears out faster, making budget models a better choice than the price tag might suggest.)

For lifting and general fitness, flat-soled shoes like Converse or Vans (or brand equivalents) are versatile and cheap. Again, you may already have a pair.

weight lifting shoesThe high-heeled type is another type of shoe that is much more expensive than it is entitled to. On the bright side, you don’t need to They (you can wear flats and sit with plates under your heels) and if you buy a pair, they will last a long time.

How to save money on gym membership

It’s so annoying to be shopping for a gym membership. Some gyms don’t tell you the price up front; Others will, but then it turns out there’s a hidden fee or you’ll have to upgrade to get the “perks” that seem like you should be part of a basic membership.

But yes, cThe gym stack is worth it. have A post here about the swaps you make When you join one of these clubs with a monthly membership of $10 or $15. Basically, you won’t normally be able to reach a barbell, so your dreams of being a competitive weightlifter or powerlifter should continue. But if you just want to get strong and fit, you can do just that with dumbbells and machines at Planet Fitness, Crunch, or the like.

For more options, consider expanding your search to Community fitness centers. Your city may have a gym that is free or cheap to residents, and a neighboring city may have a gym where non-resident fees are still good.

How to save money on exercise apps and tools

This question is almost tricky. You don’t need any of those things. Could you Run without a smart watch. You can write down your miles, weights, and any other metrics you’re interested in tracking In a paper notebook. You can remind yourself that actually It doesn’t matter how many calories your fitness tracker thinks you’ve burned.

I used a bunch of different apps and tools, mainly because I tested them to work; And I still log everything in a paper notebook and leave all my watches and trackers at home.

How to actually exercise for free

  • Go for a run. (This requires shoes and, for some of us, a sports bra, but the movement of putting one foot in front of the other is free.)
  • Go for a walk, walk or run. (Jogging is walking with a heavy jacket or backpack.)
  • use fitness trail, which you can find in a lot of random parks. They have equipment for body weight exercises and a place to run.
  • do the Reddit Bodyweight Workout. Some movements require a bar (such as pull-ups or rows) but you can find one on a fitness track or just keep an eye out for conveniently placed handrails.
  • or try These are body weight exercises that are actually good for building muscle. Again, some require minimal equipment such as a chair or handrail, but many do not.
  • Get some cardio with YouTube videos, whether you prefer K-pop choreography or Retro Routine Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons.

Is home gym equipment worth it?

Some items of home gym equipment are definitely worth it on their own. some Suitable heavy weights It will fill in the gap that jogging and bodyweight exercises tend to leave. A few pairs of dumbbells or a few bells is a great idea. If you can collect the cash for squats, barbells and weights, you can do a lot with it.

But beware of the temptation to build a full-fledged home gym. I say this from experience: bBefore the pandemic, I had a rusty bar and some miscellaneous weights. I now have a rack for sitting and an embarrassing number of water bells, and I can no longer park my car in my garage. I love all of my heavy iron kids, but they aren’t money savers.

A home gym is a good option for someone who wants to work out with a limited amount of stuff – let’s say a little bell – and who feels confident that they will be happy with it in the long run. Splurge on a pair of adjustable kettlebells competition And maybe a spin bike, and all your fitness needs will be covered for a long time. Or at least until you start to wonder if it’s okay to have iron, very