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5 Ways to Get Fit on a Budget

by Redeeming Riches on February 3, 2012

It’s 2012 and you’re still eating donuts?  Put that croissant down and get serious about your fitness goals!  Yes, I did just call you out.  You set a resolution this year and you’re not about to fail, that’s why I’m writing this article!

If you tell me money is holding you back, well that’s a bunch of nonsense.  All I hear is excuses, excuses, excuses.

Thankfully, getting fit requires little to no budget at all!  It’s all about your personal drive and ambition.  As I’m a huge fitness nut myself, I thought I’d share my top 7 tips for getting fit on a small budget.  I understand what it’s like to be strapped for cash, as I’ve been poor most of my life.

So please check out the following tips and go reach your personal fitness goals.  Time to start sweating!

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Run for free

Go buy a pair of your favorite running shoes and hit the local trails!  If the trails scare you, you can go on the open road.  Whatever you choose, it’s all free!  If you’re just starting out, you’ll want to start small and gradually work your way up.  Start with one mile a day for a week and slowly increase the distance each week.  Running can also be a fun group activity to do with your friends.  Running is one of the best workouts anyone can have.  It works every part of your body and requires some serious effort.  I highly encourage you to start running as it’s easy on the wallet.

Get paid to workout

What if you want to work but also want to get paid for it?  Well, you could become a fitness instructor at a local gym!  Not only would you get a free membership to the gym but you will get a good workout in while teaching others how to do the same.  It’s a win-win in my book.  Go to your local gyms and ask around.  Some don’t require credentials; they just want to see a drive and passion for working out!  What better way to reach your fitness goals than by teaching other people and getting paid for it!

Join a local workout league

OK, so if you’re a group type of person (I’m not), then joining a local workout or running league would make sense for you.  There is typically a small fee associated with this, so it will have a minimal effect on your wallet.  Cities should offer an organized program and there are private organizations that do this as well.  They understand that you want to work out, so you shouldn’t be searching too long before you find a fun group to workout with.

Rent workout DVDs from your library

You know those funny kick boxing DVDs and P90X programs?  Well they are actually a great workout!  Where should you rent them though?  From your local library of course!  You’d be surprised about the large selection at libraries.  They have every workout DVD you can think of.  Stop wasting time and go rent one of these DVDs!

Build a home gym from used equipment

Go hit up some garage sales and start building your own home gym!  This idea only works if you have large property or a big house.  You’ll need some room to make this happen.  You can find some awesome equipment at local garage sales.  Who didn’t have a workout bench growing up?  I see workout equipment at garage sales all the time.  I’ve even seen semi-brand new equipment for pennies on the dollar!  No excuses. Go build yourself a gym if you’re too lazy or too stingy to go to the local gym.

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