“Losing weight” is the #1 New Years Resolution, according to the study by the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology. Did you set this goal for yourself? How has your progress been so far in 2012? Often times, people give up on their resolutions because of the cost. According to Dr. Sal Arria, President of National Board of Fitness Educators, the average hourly rate for a trainer is $60-$70 per session. If this isn’t in your budget, I have 3 ways that you can stay fit and that won’t break the bank:
1. Create a Workout Routine at Home
If you create a habit of jogging, doing push ups, sit ups and lifting free weights, you can accomplish a lot for little-to-no cost. I cancelled my gym membership and made it a point to workout with what I had around the house. Of course, you can get some additional items like a jump rope, pull up bar, etc. Regardless, you will be amazed at how much you can do to get fit and spend little money while working out at home. This is the route I chose while we were getting out of debt.
2. Join an Inexpensive Gym
This is what I do now. I have a membership to a gym called YouFit and it is only $10 per month. They do not have a pool, racquetball courts or a sauna; But what they do have is cardio equipment, weight lifting machines and free weights. This is all you really need to stay in shape, the rest of the amenities are just luxuries that can be done without when your on a budget.
3. Commit to a Video Workout Series
The series that I tried which seemed to get the best results is called P90X. This is for the person who is willing to commit to working out, 6 days a week, for 90 days straight. This is not for the faint of heart or the physically challenged. This is a program for people who are serious about making significant progress in a 3 month time frame. I was actually able to buy a copy on Craigslist for around $60. So what you could pay for one session with a personal trainer, you could get this DVD set which will give you 12 different workouts.
Is it your goal to lose weight or to be healthier? If so, why not commit to doing one of these suggestions today?