Of course, a gym membership isn't a requirement for getting fit, but many people find that the convenience and motivation helps them stick to a workout schedule. Joining a gym doesn't have to bust your budget. As of the time of this writing, Planet Fitness is offering enrollments for just $10 a month. Some facilities even include free group fitness classes and an introductory personal training session with the cost of membership.
Even if you're not a runner, you'll almost certainly need some type of athletic shoes for walking, biking or working out at the gym. While some of them can be very pricey, there are always budget-friendly options available. You can usually save a big chunk of money by choosing a model from a year or two ago. Currently, you can score a pair of Saucony running shoes for under $35 on Amazon.
Even if you're not taking a yoga or Pilates class, a mat provides a cushioned, non-slip surface for all types of exercises, from planking and crunching to lifting free weights. Plus, it's an easily portable and lightweight fitness accessory that can travel from the living room to the gym to the hotel. Amazon offers the PROMIC mat for under $20.
On those days when you can't (or don't wanna) get to the gym, resistance bands provide a versatile alternative to free weights. Check out these trainers' favorite band exercises, roll out your yoga mat and get an amazing, full-body workout anytime, anywhere. Amazon offers a set of four resistance bands for less than $8.
While you don't need heavy weights to get fit, a set of light dumbbells will add extra resistance and help increase muscle strength and definition. Amazon is offering a set of three pairs, ranging from two to five pounds, for less than $24. Use them for chest presses, bicep curls, arm raises and for an added challenge when doing squats and lunges.
Thanks to modern technology, you can hang onto all that money you used to spend on fitness DVDs. On SparkPeople TV, you'll find dozens of exercise videos led by expert trainers in all types of disciplines, including yoga, cardio and strength—and they won't cost you a dime. Whether you have five minutes or 50, your next free workout is just a click away.
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