Sure fire ways to keep your fitness resolution

...and not break the bank.

New Year's Resolutions are coming, and we know about 82% of you are going to make that resolution to get off the couch and get fit - retailers know this too. Retailers also know that by the end of January, only 17% of those resolutions are still going strong. Don't get discouraged or hang your head in shame - we're going to help you use this to your advantage to not only save money, but stay on target well past January 31st.

1. Come up with a plan

The first step to achieving your fitness goal is to do just that - identify a target that you want to hit (make sure it's a realistic one). Once you've set your objective, put together a plan that will work within your schedule, budget and current fitness level. Remember, take it day by day and you're more likely to be successful.

2. Use what you have

Before you make any equipment purchases or long term gym commitments, find a low budget way to start your fitness regime. If you're not accustom to working out, start with free workout options. It can be as simple as going outside for a 20 minute walk. Be resourceful, there are tons of ideas on the internet, free apps or programs on your local cable station. Try several options to make sure you've found something that you enjoy (I know, no one really loves working out) and will keep you motivated long term. Once you've gotten into a routine then you're ready to take it to the next level.

3. Find the right equipment

Now that you've committed to your fitness routine, it's time to invest in the right equipment. Just to be clear, the word "equipment" is broad - it can be anything from really good running sneakers to a treadmill. Stay true to what you feel will keep you motivated and on track. Here's some tips from YAY! Savings for getting the best deals on your purchase:


The first purchase that should be on your must have list is a good pair of sneakers. Injury caused by the wrong shoes can derail your fitness or weight loss attempt. Investing in a quality shoe can help you to prevent foot and ankle damage, and make your workout a more pleasant and comfortable experience. Plus there is plenty to choose from that are tailored to your type of workout. Our advice is to find a specialty store and consult an expert before purchasing. The trick here is not falling for the pressure sale. Stay strong - identify the ideal shoe and then leave the store, chances are you'll find a better deal online. Another strategy to try is purchasing the previous version of the shoe, which you can find at a significant discount. Just be sure to read the reviews to make sure there weren't significant changes from one version to the next.

Exercise Equipment

Purchasing fitness equipment can seem overwhelming at times -- there are literally hundreds of different types of fitness equipment. The good news is that now is the best time to buy, you will be amazed at the bargains that you can find if you just dig a little deeper than the average consumer is usually prepared to.
  1. Right size your fitness equipment selection: You know what I'm going to say YAY! Savings members, RESEARCH before you decide on the equipment you're going to purchase. Get smart about the brands, features and price ranges before you even enter a store. It's really easy to get caught up in the higher end models that have a catalog of features. Make sure you pick a model that only includes the features you really need and plan to use.
  2. Don't pass by the smaller fitness items: Smaller pieces of equipment such as yoga balls, fitness bands and weights are much less expensive than big machines, but can be just as useful. Some stores only carry a large variety of these items during the first few months of the year and will price them cheap in order to get rid of them before Spring comes along.
  3. Consider commercial fitness equipment: Did you know that you can purchase the same equipment that your local gym has? Before you go down this road be sure to do the math - this might be a smarter investment than a $50 monthly membership fee. Exercise equipment doesn't always have to be large.
  4. Search for used equipment: Ever buy a piece of fitness equipment only to have it gather dust? You're not alone. If there's a big-ticket piece of equipment on your fitness wish list, check out sites like Craigslist or eBay, where you can buy it used and save some money. Many times the equipment will still be high quality and you'll save money over springing for the newest model.

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