The Broke Girl’s Guide to Getting in Shape

Posted October 20, 2014 by in Health + Fitness

We unfortunately live in a world where $150 gym memberships, designer workout gear, and $30 yoga classes are the norm. But don’t let those big price tags scare you away from healthy living.

Learn how to get in shape and change your life for the better sans bankruptcy with our budget friendly fitness guide:

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1. Start Running

Whether you live in a big city or a small town, running is free. If that doesn’t inspire you to run, consider signing yourself up for a 5k. For even more motivation, get a few friends to sign-up as well. The Color Run is always a great choice for new runners — it’s fun and their training program is excellent (and free)!

2. Workout at Home

Join a virtual gym or find a fitness guru who offers free classes via Youtube. Crunch Gym recently launched Crunch Live, which is an affordable alternative to a pricey gym membership. For just $9.99 per month, you’ll get access to great fitness classes from your computer. Classes include Yoga Body Sculpt, Bodyweight Workouts, Stiletto Strength, Barre Assets, Pilates, and Kickboxing.

If free is what you’re looking for, we highly recommend Cassey Ho on Youtube. Her videos are great for those looking to tone-up and get the heart rate up in as little as 15 minutes a day.

3. Download an App

Can’t afford a nutritionist? Download MyFitnessPal. Want to track your runs? Download RunKeeper. Want to track your daily activity? Download Human. Want to not get bored on the treadmill? Download Spring. All of these fitness apps are free!

4. Buy Resistance Bands

Having a wide selection of weights in your home is unrealistic. They take up a lot of room and they aren’t cheap. Instead, get a variety of resistance bands. They take up little to no space, they’re affordable, and they’re a great way to tone-up at home.

5. Take Pictures

Take pictures of everything you consume for a few days. Those photos will tell you if you’re a healthy eater or not. Sometimes we think we eat well, but in reality, you might eat more junk than you realize.

So there’s the proof. You do not need to be a member of the Rich and Famous Club to stay healthy and fit.