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Coupons for Good: 3 Ways to Reclaim Your Fitness Without Breaking the Bank

Fitness is a major concern among Americans, especially in view of the mostly sedentary lifestyle that has taken over our daily routine. But the cost of gym memberships and all that comes with is out of reach for many who want to exercise. Getting into shape shouldn’t cost a lot of money, especially considering all the information that’s available online and through fitness apps. Money is a legitimate reason to hesitate over joining a gym, but it’s something that can be overcome. Here are three ways to get fit on a budget from clothes to workout routines and beyond.

Shop Around for a Gym

A gym is full of tools to help you get into shape. You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to help you firm up muscles and develop your physique, though. After all, Arnold Schwarzenegger attained his Mr. Universe title using old-school techniques and nutrition. Although genetics was certainly in his favor, he got there by using weights and cardio.

Instead of focusing on finding a gym that has it all — and the price tag to go with — look for a gym that has the basics: treadmills, stationary bikes, free weights, and cable machines. This type of gym is more affordable and is focused on the art of fitness without a lot of flash.

Don’t Pay Full Price for Gym Clothes

It’s tempting to buy gym clothes made from the latest fabric technology. Fibers that promise to wick away sweat and keep you cool have been around for some time and are available in many clothing lines. Nike’s Dri-Fit line is affordable and gets the job done.

The same goes for your gym shoes. Unless you’re going to run heavily or play on the court a lot, you don’t need to get the latest gym shoe available. Reebok still makes the classic line of gym shoes debuted in the 1980s, which are much less expensive than the company’s technical running shoes. Sometimes it’s necessary to get good foot support from a gym shoe no matter what the activity, and more expensive shoes have a better design for that purpose.

Use Exercise Apps to Track Routines

Both Android and iOS have exercise apps that can help you design a routine and track your efforts. That way you’ll know what exercises you did on your previous visit and make adjustments as needed. Whether it’s leg or back day, you can use apps to keep you on track toward building fitness and maintaining flexibility.

Focusing on fitness doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. Use a gym that meets your needs, don’t go overboard on clothing, and use apps to help you establish your routines and set goals. You’ll find it doesn’t take a lot to build muscle and tone up.

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