While the economy is making it's excruciatingly slow comeback, you don't need to sacrifice your fitness goals because you're strapped for cash. Here are 5 tips to save money and maintain your weigh loss goals:
- Classes at the Gym
Possibly one of the most underutilized assets at the gym are the classes. Available from the morning to the evening, there's a class for everyone: from regular aerobics, cardio kickboxing, zumba, bodypump, to cycling - most gyms offer a myriad of classes and best of all, it's already included in your membership. It is completely understandable if you can't afford a trainer at the moment, but don't sell yourself short by skipping out on the opportunity to have an expert train you in a fun group setting. Sign up for a class of your choice today!
- Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk will save you trips to the grocery store (save on gas cost) and money by decreasing the amount of things you are constantly running out of. Have a plan of attack: even if you're buying groceries for 2, you can strategically plan your purchases to get the most out of your buck. Grocery stores typically incentivize the purchase of family sized lean meats by offering more savings if you purchase more product. Separate the meat into individual serving sizes in plastic bags and freeze what you don't eat immediately. You can also buy bulk oatmeal, cereal, bars, yogurts, and other things that aren't perishable and last a while in the fridge or freezer. Also, frozen fruits and vegetables stay fresh longer and may sometimes be half the price of their fresh counterparts so that's a smart option. A bimonthly payment of $150 dollars or less is a lot better than the $200 you probably spend now and it can be accomplished with smarter shopping.
- Water Filter System
Buy a Brita filter pitcher or a faucet filter so you don't have to keep buying new gallons or cases of bottled water. Buying bottled water can really add up and simply unnecessary. Not only will you save money with a water filter system, you'll also be doing the environment a favor by not contributing to the 28 billion bottles of water being chucked. Filtered water bottles are becoming more readily available in specialty retailers so be sure to check those out. You can turn water from any source into fresh, clean water with these.
- Cut Out Supplements
Only buy the supplements that accomplish things you absolutely cannot accomplish with food. Any type of protein supplement can be replaced with actual food so if you're low on cash, cut those out. Also, nix all the fat burning magic supplements because you'll save a ton just buying clean groceries and eating right.
- At Home Gym
If you absolutely must get rid of your gym membership, there's always room to construct an inexpensive at home gym. Things like stability balls, a bench, resistance bands, jump ropes, punching bags, steps, and light dumbells can transform an old room or garage into an at-home gym. Workout videos are also helpful and there are a variety available. If you have any questions about form and whether you're doing a specific exercise correctly, Youtube.com has plenty of free exercise video tips. If you can't make it to the gym, bring the gym to you.
It can be difficult to cut fat and your budget at the same time, but it's not impossible. These are just a few of the ways you can make your money work for you and break a sweat without breaking the bank.