Getting Fit Without Going Broke

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Achieving your fitness goals doesn't have to be expensive. You don't need a ton of money to be healthy. Here's a few ways you can look like a million bucks without spending a million bucks.

Some gyms have amenities coming out of their ears. These are the ones you should skip, because you'll be paying more for them. Find the simple gyms, such as the small local ones in your area, or at your community center. Better yet, skip the gym altogether and exercise outside or at home.

Dumbbells and free weights stay fairly consistent in price no matter where you shop. However, sometimes at a garage sale or on sites like Craigslist, you can find them for a steal of a price. You can start with the bare minimum and collect them as you go. Resistance bands are cheaper than weights, especially if you get a  set of Bodylastics. They are affordable and are a top rated workout bands company. Another option is to get a multi-use exercise machine, such as The Rack All-In-One Gym, which lets you exercise your body from head to toe in an inexpensive way. Cheapest yet, forget equipment altogether, and do calisthenics.

Running is free, and fun once you develop it as a habit. Runners always talk about "runner's high," which is that euphoric feeling they get after they finish. This is caused by an increase in the "feel-good" chemicals called endorphins that are released during exercise.

Yoga is another excellent way to stay fit or get fit for cheap. There are plenty of instructional videos and books on how to do it, and all that is needed are comfortable, unrestrictive clothing, and a yoga mat.

Biking and other outdoor activities are great ways to improve fitness. The world is full of used bikes, and communities often have sport leagues full of people just wanting to play for fun.

As you can see, there are a number of ways you can get fit without going broke. All you have to do is get started!