Once upon a time, I kept a lot of memberships. I had a gym membership, a running club membership, series of classes at various yoga, spin and barre studios. You name it, I was likely on the roster.
Things have now changed somewhat. With a 16-month-old toddler at home, we’re making more of a concerted effort to save money wisely and pay down all remaining debt. With this change a focus comes prioritizing and budgeting everything, including my precious variety. But, I’m telling you that it can be done! Here’s how:
- Embrace the YouTube revolution. YouTube one of the best places for free workout content. Period. You can find just about anything, from yoga to HIIT, shot with an iPhone camera to crisply edited, up-and-comers or established trainers – all of whom have completely fresh ideas. As a bonus, many engage directly with their followers (either through their blog or directly with the channel). My favorites are: Blogilates, Tara Stiles, the Tone It Up gals and Purely Twins (the latter will absolutely kick your tush).
- “Shop” around. This might be hard for people who have been loyal to one place, but often times, new studios will offer free classes or free weeks as a way to get you in the door. This is a great way to sample the latest offerings in your town, breaking out of a rut, all while helping you make a mental list of where you’d like to go once you have the extra funds.
- Look at the daily deals. Now regularly shopping the daily deal sites have a way of quickly getting out of hand, but do help you work out on a budget, provided you keep everything in check. Personally, I use these to try to see if my favorite workout studios use a deal – as opposed to trying anything new. Every so often, they do, and it’s a nice treat to myself.
- Establish your priorities. This can be the toughest call to make. Pick the one important thing and have that be what you commit your budget to. Are you really into a variety of classes and workouts? Maybe a gym membership is the way to go. Are you training for a race? Maybe invest in a solid coach/running group and do your yoga at home with YouTube. If you invest in the most important thing, provided it isn’t beyond your means, you won’t feel like you’re depriving yourself.
In a perfect world, we’d be able to do everything and buy everything we want, including unlimited memberships everywhere. Unfortunately, this isn’t the reality that most of us live in. Though with a little creativity and prioritizing, anyone can get a heavy dose of workout motivation with just a small investment.