Frugal Ways to Get in Shape for Summer


Staying in shape while remaining fiscally healthy can be one of the most frustrating acts to balance when you’re trying to live on a budget. In order to stay healthy, you typically must shell out more money for fruits and veggies, which are notably more expensive than frozen dinners and quick and convenient processed meals. Throw the cost of a gym membership in there and you’re looking at a pretty penny. However, we all know that a healthy body can lower our costs on healthcare and mitigate potential illnesses in the future, so it’s important to focus on health and fitness in the present. 

The good news is you don’t have to take a begrudging view of fitness if you know how to shave costs off your routine. In fact, you may not even need to spend hours circuit training at the gym if you’re willing to spend more time outdoors and focusing on creative workout routines. Doing so will allow you to save money, get fit, spend time with friends and meet some new people, so see the below suggestions for getting in shape before the summer begins!

1. Start a running or walking routine with a friend

Working out with a friend can be a great way to spend quality time and keep each other motivated to push each person to the absolute limits. Make an agreement to jog a running trail three times a week or take a walk around the neighborhood to get in shape. It’s common to slack off or not work as hard when you’re on your own, but having a workout agreement with a friend will hold you accountable to someone other than yourself. 

2. Sign up for a 5K

If there’s one thing that will get you moving, it’s the thought of falling behind or wimping out on a 3.1-mile race. Signing up for a race – especially it it’s for a cause that means something to you – might motivate you to start running outside in preparation for the big day. In many cases, these races may also have a “running group” that you can train with, if you wish. If not, lean on your friends again and encourage them to all sign up. You can train together, push each other and celebrate your successes after the race!

3. Look for free classes

Many cities offer free fitness courses – such as outdoor yoga, running programs or cycling classes – for residents, which can be a great way to learn a new routine and meet new people. If the classes aren’t free, many are offered at reduced rates, which may be more affordable than joining a gym.