Guest Post by Samantha from
Do you want personal trainer rewards without the steep price? Do you want gym effects without the pricey membership fee?
Don’t worry! Just because your wallet may be tight, it doesn’t means your abs can’t be either. With today’s trendiest fitness offerings, it’s easy to be deterred from working out altogether because of the dollars and cents.
Here are some fitness tips for the fit Recession-ista on a budget:
1. Climb Your Way to Fitness — For Free!
Look outside. Look down the street. Look everywhere. You will see them. Stairs are everywhere and guess what? They offer the perfect workout.
Start with a warm up with five minutes of stair climbing at an easy pace. Then pick up the pace. Add a set of 5 to 10 pound weights for the ultimate workout. Try to find a set of stairs with at least 16 steps.
Having trouble finding stairs? Often local school facilities have a plethora of steps, just enough for you to climb to your fitness goal.
Also, whenever you have the chance, skip the escalator and elevator and take the stairs instead.
2. Team Up With a Friend
Everyone needs an extra push now and then to strap those sneakers on. Most turn to a personal trainer for inspiration and a reason to hit the gym.
However, if you don’t have hundreds of dollars, just ask a friend. If you know someone else is waiting on you to hit up a fitness class or a jog around the neighborhood, you are more likely to feel inspired.
3. Look for Opportunities in Your Community
If you look closely enough, you’ll find complimentary community workout classes everywhere. For example, Lululemon frequently offers fitness classes on Saturday or Sunday mornings with their brand ambassadors.
Check your local newspaper for fitness happenings in the fitness section. You’ll probably find area businesses that offer a variety of fitness offerings. For instance, there’s a restaurant in my neighborhood that has a running group that gathers to run around a local park and socialize afterward.
4. Find Motivation Through Online Networks
In today’s world of Facebook and Twitter, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use it to your advantage in the world of fitness. There are various networks, including my favorites and .
These programs allow you to track your workouts and even rate how each workout went, so you can view your progress each week. They also allow you to set a fitness goal and connect with your friends to give each other motivation.
5. Track Your Successes
Just as social media helps, there’s an app for basically anything you can dream of, especially in terms of fitness. is a great resource, since it not only allows for you to track your fitness activity. It allows you to track your caloric intake and progress to reach your ultimate goal.
The best part is it’s a free app. For those who don’t particularly care for their smart phones, try going the route of a journal and pen to track your calorie intake.
6. Take Advantage of Fitness Discounts
With resources like , , Schwaggle.com and more, there’s a great way to try out a variety of fitness classes and gyms at a discounted price.
7. Work Up a Sweat While Whipping Your Home into Shape
Just walking into a gym doesn’t make you fit, it takes work. Hit two birds with one stone. You can get fit just around your house and make it spic and span.
Do you know how many calories you burn while deep cleaning your home? You can burn 73 calories alone while doing laundry! Get rid of those dust bunnies for 80 calories. Mop those floors for 153 calories. Break out the Windex and wash the windows for 105 calories.
These are juts a few of my ideas to save money on fitness. What are you best money-saving ideas?
Samantha Bryant is a freelance publicist at Samantha Bryant PR. In her free time she enjoys blogging at snowboarding, biking, and playing with her St. Bernard, Charlie.