Getting in Shape for Summer on a Budget

As the summer approaches, many of us find ourselves thinking about what we can do to get in shape. While spending a lot of money can help you achieve your fitness goals, getting ready for summer doesn’t have to break the bank. The following are a few tips that can help you get in shape before summer while sticking to your budget.

Start Off with Free Exercises

You don’t need expensive equipment or a gym membership to get fit. In fact, many of the best exercises can be done for free.
Walking and jogging offer a great workout, and if you live near a lake or ocean, you could also incorporate swimming to your free workout routine. Along with that, there are several free exercises you can do from home with no equipment at all. If you are trying to get fit on a budget, you should start with exercise that comes at little to no cost.

Buy Second Hand Equipment

The free workouts can get you started on the right path, but there is some value in having exercise equipment. Of course, you can add inexpensive pieces like a jump rope or resistance bands without having to worry much about the cost, but there is also something to be said for having equipment like a stationary bike or a rowing machine.
These pieces can be expensive when you buy them brand new, but there is always the possibility of finding gently used, affordable equipment when shopping second hand. If you know someone that has a piece of equipment that is just gathering dust, offer to take it off their hands for a bargain price. You could check local garage sales, flea markets, or the classifieds. You might even be able to find a good deal at online classified sites like Craigslist.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Exercise isn’t the only thing you need to do to get fit for summer – you should also look to build a healthy diet. With the right food choices, you can help your body get in shape while also saving some money. Cut out some of the meals you buy and head to the produce department of your local grocery store. A diet that is heavy in fresh fruits and vegetables will improve your overall health and help you lose weight.

Save on Your Gym Membership

You don’t need a gym membership if you want to get in shape for summer, but it can help. If you are considering a gym membership, try to avoid paying full price. Start by comparing membership options online. Check out the gym’s website and see if they have any specials or online offers that can save you money.
If you have a friend that is trying to get back in shape, inquire about group discounts or referrals. Some gyms also offer partial memberships. With a partial membership, you are limited to a set number of visits per month or to working out at certain times of the day.
Inquire about trainer options at the gym, too. If you find yourself coming off of an injury, many gyms offer direct access to physical therapy plans. If you have the funds to join a gym, the benefits will certainly help you attain that summer body as the season approaches.

Leave Your Car at Home

You might need your car to go some places, but you should consider leaving your car at home whenever possible. If you just need to go down the street, walk or ride your bike. If there is a trip that can be taken on a bus or train, walk to the bus stop or train station and use public transportation. When you do take your car places, park at the far end of the parking lot to give yourself a bit of a walk. It’s always good to be mobile and exercise when the opportunity presents itself.
These tips can help you get fit faster, and they can also help you save money on gas, equipment, and food.

The information in this article is provided for education and informational purposes only, without any express or implied warranty of any kind, including warranties of accuracy, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose. The information in this article is not intended to be and does not constitute fitness or any other advice. The information in this article is general in nature and is not specific to you the user or anyone else. Consult your doctor before exploring new fitness routines.

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