Think you need to cancel your gym membership to be more frugal? Think fitness is a luxury? Think again! Your physical and mental wellness is so important and I’m here to help you keep “gym” (or yoga, crossfit, spin class, whatever you like!) in your budget!
Don’t worry though, I’m not going to suggest you check Jane Fonda videos out of the library, take free walks around your neighborhood and use canned goods as weights! This isn’t your mama’s old and tired frugal fitness advice! 😉 I hope you read on and find some new, creative, and outside the box ideas for making fitness more frugal!
I started 2016 on a mission to get financially fit, but I ended up on a more traditional fitness journey as well! I’m here to tell you that being fit and being frugal are not mutually exclusive! You CAN (and should!) do both! 🙂
Creative Ways to Make Fitness More Frugal
Use a Rewards Programs
My friends and family know I don’t like to spend a lot of money, and that I’m trying to get out of debt. So when they hear me utter a sentence that starts with “My personal trainer …” their jaws tend to drop! Then I hear “A personal trainer?! How much does that cost?” For me? $0!
My gym happens to use a rewards card. I scan it every. single. time. I go to the gym and earn 5 points. Those points can then be redeemed for a variety of things – a free bottle of water, a personal training session, 50% off a massage, etc.
“But Erin, my gym doesn’t have a rewards card …” Well then ask to speak with a manager and suggest they start using one! It doesn’t hurt to ask, and what do you have to lose? My gym uses a program called Belly.
Refer Your Friends
At my gym, if you refer a new member you receive a free month of membership in return! Whoop whoop! This is super easy if you really love and enjoy your gym. Bonus – you may have new workout buddies to keep you motivated!
No referral program at your favorite workout spot yet? Again, just suggest one! 🙂
Take Advantage of Perks
Most gyms offer one free personal training session to new members – take advantage of it! Ask the staff what other perks there are that you could also enjoy! An additional perk of my gym membership is free entry to the local pool during the summer! Sometimes businesses don’t do a great job of promoting their own programs so be sure to get friendly with the staff and find out what else you might be entitled to.
Work – Work Study – or Volunteer!
I have seriously considered working in my gym’s daycare a few shifts a week. It would be fun, easy work for me. I have worked at two different gyms in the past (pre-kids) and the greatest perk of those jobs was a free membership (in addition to a paycheck!). Could you pick up a few hours at your local gym? If a paid job is not an option, could you volunteer in some way? Maybe your small local gym needs help stuffing envelopes, or cleaning locker rooms. Perhaps a little help could be exchanged for a discount!
My local yoga studios also have work study programs. A few hours of work (for no pay) in exchange for free classes! If I had more readily available babysitters, I’d love to do that!
(Throwing this creative frugal fitness tip out there cautiously – with a bit of a disclaimer at the end).
What skills do you have that others need? Have a friend who is an amazing personal trainer? Maybe they need your help designing a website, writing some blog posts for their new fitness blog, or tutoring their kid in math? In exchange they might design a workout program to help you reach your goals.
It doesn’t hurt to make an offer, just be respectful of the fact that fitness professionals are exactly that – professionals! – who deserve to be paid for their work.
If you’re more into at home workouts, you might need a creative solution for setting up your home gym. Check to see if your local consignment shops carry fitness equipment. I have even seen consignment shops that are exclusively fitness and sports related! You might also scour yard or garage sales, or find the used treadmill of your dreams on craiglist.
What do you think of my creative frugal fitness tips? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!
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