Whether its the the freshman fifteen or you’re looking to lose weight from your last pregnancy, looking good and feeling great tends to be – and should be - a top priority for everyone. According to Marketdata Enterprises and US News, Americans spend more than $60 billion annually trying to lose weight on everything from diet pills to gym memberships. Here are some ways you can lose weight without spending a fortune:
Join the cheapest gym Some gyms are more high-end than others—offering everything from massages to tanning beds to salons—whereas others simply offer equipment for you to work out on. Research gyms in your area and join the cheapest one. Chances are you’re not going to use the “extra” facilities anyway if you’re actually looking to lose weight. The whole point in joining a gym is working out and burning calories—nothing more, nothing less.
Don’t join a gym at all Another option is to simply opt out of the gym. If you live in an area with decent climate year-round, there’s no reason to spend money on a gym membership when you can walk or run outside, go for bike rides, hike, rollerblade and swim.
Look for coupons Whether you’re looking to stock up on weight loss energy bars, purchase sports equipment or join a weight loss program, sites such as Groupon.com and DealChicken.com are a good place to look, along with couponing sites.
Utilize your local library For weight loss videos and exercise programs, see what’s available at your local library. Trying it out for free is a great way to see if you like the program or not.
Cook at home We all know it’s cheaper to eat at home, but it’s also significantly healthier. You decide and control exactly what does and doesn’t go into your food. Make smaller portions, add extra veggies and use whole-wheat pastas when cooking.
Change your lifestyle Remember, losing weight is a steady climb. Focus on getting in a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio per day and making healthy food choices. Though it may take longer to lose weight, you’re chances of keeping it off are significantly greater.
Step one: get off the couch!
About the Author: Sarah Brooks is a freelance writer living in Glendale, AZ. She covers topics on Ray Debbane, travel and personal finances.