14 Affordable Ways to Be Fit and Healthy

affordable-healthy-585Did your resolutions this year include “get fit” and “save money”? If so, this post is sooo for you. While you can obviously spend a fortune on gym memberships and all of the latest fitness equipment and technology, the awesome truth is that you can get in shape for almost no cash at all. Over on Fit Bottomed Mamas, Erin shared some tips from Andrea Woroch, a money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles, for how to be healthier for less — or no money at all! And we just had to share.

How to Save Money on Health and Fitness

1. Stand up for your fitness. Those who spend most of the day sitting — whether at a desk for work or after hours slouched on the couch watching TV — could be at increased risk for cancer and heart disease. When at work, make sure to get up every hour and move around, use a stand-up desk or take a conference call for a walk. Set reminders on your computer to get up a few times throughout the day to stretch your legs.

2. Walk it out. The popular step counter, Fitbit, recommends taking 10,000 steps each day while the average American only takes 5,000. Add extra steps to your daily routine by opting for a parking spot at the back of the lot, going for a work-walk meeting with your colleagues, and skipping the escalator or elevator in favor of the stairs, which helps you burn more calories!

3. Grab a friend. Having a friend to work out with will keep you accountable, challenged and simply makes it more fun. Plus, you can split the costs of personal training sessions, share healthy recipes and always have a seat saved at spin class when you’re running late!

Get more easy tips to get fit on the cheap here! Then tell us: about how much do you spend on your fitness each month? —Jenn

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  1. Great tips!! I totally agree with the walking one. We are so sedentary now it’s sad. We need to at least double our steps if we want to get in decent shape. That is why I am planning on getting a dog 🙂

  2. Kiales says:

    Great tips!

    I even set little reminders on my phone to go off and remind me to get up and MOVE periodically – it’s so easy to get caught up in what you’re doing while the hours pass… way too much time sitting on your butt.