If you are looking to get fit on a budget, this post is for you.  If you’ve ever been a member of a gym, you know that some gym memberships can be extremely pricey.  Even more so if you enjoy using state-of-the-art equipment and top-notch fitness classes.  Furthermore, depending on where you live, boutique fitness classes like Pilates and HIIT can cost more than $20 per class!

While being fit is important, going broke to keep up with your fitness routine is not the way to go.  The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to lose weight, improve muscle tone, increase your flexibility, and gain strength.  In this article, we share some of our favorite ways to get fit on a budget.  Before you know it, you will be  sculpting those abs without chiseling away at your hard-earned savings.

Here are five easy ways you can start getting fit on a budget today!

Take full advantage of YouTube

Seriously, have you surfed all the fitness content on YouTube lately? It’s crazy to think that anyone still hires a personal trainer.  There are so many classes and tutorials on this video-sharing platform.  This means you can get fit on a budget all for free. Whether you want to do a power yoga class or learn how to use kettlebells, you can find a video to meet your needs.  In addition, you can even filter your search results by video duration.  This means if you only have fifteen minutes to do a workout, there is something for you on this platform.  No excuses! You can even do small workouts throughout the day whenever you have a few extra minutes.

Hit the outdoors

The outdoors is one of the best places to get your sweat on.  Whether it is going for a run or a brisk walk, being outdoors can not only be beneficial to your physical health but your mental health as well.  Best of all, it is free!  Need ideas on where to go? Many local parks are equipped with workout equipment and jogging paths. If you live in a place where there are mountains, hiking is a great option.  Wherever you live, the important part is to just get outside and start moving your body.

Do all the trials

If you live in a major city or even a bustling suburb, then you probably haven’t even scratched the surface of all the fitness offerings in your local community.  Be sure to take advantage of all the free or discounted trials that are offered in your neighborhood.  Just have an open-mind about the different types of workouts you are willing to try out.  If you do one trial at a time, then you could probably complete 3-6 months of low-cost workouts.

Meal prep

If you are not planning out what you are going to eat for the week, chances are you grabbing something quick and possibly unhealthy.  Not to mention the stress it causes when you have 3 kids to feed and you are trying to work with whatever you have on hand.  One of the best things you can do for yourself and your health is to spend Sunday meal prepping what you are going to consume for the week.

Not only will you find yourself eating healthier (which leads to losing weight and more energy) but you will also be saving tons of money.  Eating out and grabbing convenient food is one of the quickest ways to blow through your money without even realizing it.  You may think hitting the drive thru is not costing much but it really adds up quickly!

Sign up for all the emails

After completing all your gym trials, you’re probably going to be added to numerous email lists. Don’t unsubscribe from them! Gyms are always looking for ways to lure new members.  By subscribing to their email lists, you will be among the first to know about all their special deals and discounts. Keep your eyes open for something that fits your budget. You may be surprised how affordable these memberships can be.  Especially at specific times of the year, like New Year’s Day (everyone is making their fitness resolutions), summer break (slow time at gyms), and Black Friday.

As you can see, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get your body in shape and meet all your fitness goals. What’s your current favorite way of working out on a budget?