New Year’s Resolutions: How to Save Money on a Gym Membership or Personal Trainer

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Many New Year’s Resolutions revolve around fitness including losing weight, eating healthier, and just generally “getting fit.” Keeping a New Year’s resolution however, can be a real challenge. New Year’s Resolutions can be ESPECIALLY challenging if you are trying to accomplish them on a budget. So, what are some ways to save on expensive gym memberships or even personal trainers to help you keep your 2015 healthy?

April Masini, a relationship expert and author (you can check out her relationship advice site at http://www.askapril.com) has the following tips:

  • Check for discounts you already have! Places like your Auto Club membership office, AARP, a union you belong to, a corporation you work for, or a college alumni membership office, often offer discounts on various clubs and gyms.
  • Buy a discount at Costco or other warehouse store where there are often annual gym memberships sold at a discount.
  • Save on your social life budget by turning your workout into a date. The gym or a personal trainer aren’t just exercise and fitness opportunities, they’re social opportunities as well. Meet for a class and a smoothie afterwards. This way you save on what you’d otherwise spend on lunch or dinner at a restaurant, or even a sedentary movie.
  • Luxury exercise isn’t as pricey as you think it is! Personal trainers and yoga classes at your home aren’t just for the rich and famous. Put together four or five friends who will commit to a month of yoga or swim classes at someone’s heated pool. Then you can get a teacher to come to your home and have the benefit of a home-based exercise session that doesn’t cost what it normally would because you’re splitting it with friends. Choose the friend who has the biggest clear space in his or her home, or the best yard suited to a class, and get that trainer on speed dial.

So make 2015 your healthiest year ever, and save a few bucks in the process. Your body and your wallet with thank you.

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