Staying healthy is something that we all should focus on; however, gym memberships and exercise classes can be costly. I could probably save all of my money if I would only take the stairs to my office every day (on the 15th floor) but the chances of that are less than me actually going to the gym. There are ways to exercise and keep your cash in your pocket if you exercise your brain, and your negotiating skills, to find great deals on gym memberships.
Ways to save on gym memberships:
Free Membership Offers – Many gyms will offer a free trial membership so you can try the facility before committing to a membership contract. By “shopping around” for a gym, you could easily take advantage of free gym trials for months.
Coupons & website deals – Check your local newspaper and mailers for coupons and discounts for gym memberships, yoga classes, sports lessons and other forms of exercise. Deals and coupons can also be found online through coupon sites and specific company websites. Check out your favorite gym online before heading over to sign up for a membership.
Negotiate a bargain – If you do not ask for a discount or a better rate, you will pay more for your gym membership than necessary. Check competitors’ rates and, if they are lower, ask that the gym you prefer match the lower rate. If they will not give you a lower rate, ask they waive any joining fees or offer free classes or free time with a trainer.
Timing is everything – During slow periods, gyms offer discounts and perks to attract new clients just as hotels drop their rates during slower seasons. January is also a great time to join a gym because many gyms offer discounts, deals and specials to attract those with New Year’s resolutions to begin exercising.
Student and senior discounts – Search out a gym or sports club that offers discounts for students, senior citizens or other specific discounts such as stay-at-home moms or teachers. Typically, there is some type of discount that you will qualify for if you only ask.
If you are unable to find a great discount on a gym membership, then try one of these two ways to exercise without spending a lot of money.
Turn on your TV – Exercising at home is convenient and inexpensive. Exercise DVDs are cheap when purchased used and offer you a variety of workouts and exercise options. Gaming consoles are getting into the push for a healthier America by offering several options for exercise. Those games can also be purchased used online and through places like Game Stop.
Jump into a sport – Jogging, biking, tennis, hiking, skating and swimming are great examples of ways to exercise for free. You also get outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. My mother keeps telling me that housework is a great way to exercise too; however, I think my husband and kids need that more than I do.
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