Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 7:00 am
The start of a new year inspires many people to begin focusing on weight loss and exercising. You can work on that goal without having to spend a lot of money on a gym membership. It is even possible to lose weight and save money at the same time. Try some of these tips!
See your Doctor
Your health insurance plan might cover the cost of a visit to your doctor. Or, it might require you to pay a small co-pay. It is a good idea to speak with your doctor before embarking on a weight loss plan. The doctor can give you advice that is specifically tailored to you and that takes into account all of your health issues.
Water instead of Soda
Water is good for you and has zero calories. Soda, on the other hand, is full of both calories and sugar. Next time you go out to eat, skip the soda and drink water instead. Restaurants don’t tend to charge anything for a glass of water. Choosing water also prevents you from drinking more calories than you realize due to the server refilling your drink.
Take Advantage of Sales
January is the month when fitness equipment goes on sale. Have you been seriously considering buying a treadmill? Do it now, before the sales end and the price increases. Now is a good time to pick up work out clothing, fitness DVDs, yoga mats, and other exercise related items at a lower price than usual.
Carry a Water Bottle
The bottles of water that you buy from vending machines don’t seem to cost much, but the amount adds up over time. Save money by carrying a water bottle with you when you exercise. You can also bring your water bottle to work or school. Smaller sized water bottles are perfect to throw into your lunch (instead of a can of soda).
Add Small Exercise
Adding small amounts of exercise into your daily life is a good way to get moving. Park your car on the far end of the parking lot and walk that extra distance into work. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Turn on some music and dance in your living room. Small workouts like these are better than nothing. They are also easier to fit into a busy day than a trip to the gym would be.
Avoid the Diet Foods
Companies that create diet plans often sell a line of frozen dinners, snacks, and shakes that goes with them. How much do those foods cost? You can probably save money if you made the exact same meal at home. That little frozen dinner may cost more than a package of pasta and a chicken breast would.