Queen of Free: Getting fit doesn’t have to be expensive

During the month of January, our hearts, minds, bodies and pocketbooks turn toward potential goals. In the new year, we want to be more intentional with our finances. At the same time, we might be feeling the heavy burden of too many Christmas cookies and also want to improve our health over the next 12 months.

At times, it may seem like these goals are at odds with one another. Surely you can’t save money and get fit? It costs big dollars to get a gym membership, eat more veggies and invest in workout gear, doesn’t it? Au contraire, mon frere. I am a firm believer you can get buff on a budget, reducing your waistline and your bottom line. Here are a few of my favorite ways to do just that.

Reconsider the gym

For many years we had a gym membership. I probably didn’t go as often as I should have, but I loved it. There’s something about building fitness into your routine. If we are honest, most of us don’t make the most of our membership, though. It might be time to reconsider it and channel those dollars elsewhere. Many churches in our area offer excellent fitness centers for a fraction of the price. If you really can’t give it up, then see if your gym will renegotiate your fees. Especially if you’ve been a loyal customer, they might be able to give you a price break.

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