How to Get in Shape on a Budget

Budget Fitness Tip No. 4: Buy Equipment Second-Hand

Know somebody with an old treadmill sitting in their living room taking up space? Yeah, thought so. When you want to start engaging in sports and physical activities that require more complicated equipment, you can often get great deals purchasing exercise machines second-hand. Browse garage sales, flea markets and thrift stores for that previously-owned rowing machine or elliptical system. Check out the classified section of the paper, too, or check in with local gyms that may have used equipment for sale at a good price. (If you've got the muscle and vehicle to move this equipment, you might even get it for free.)

This also applies to smaller sports equipment, such as baseball bats or soccer balls, which tend to collect dust in people's garages and can often be found at a drastically reduced price.

More: How to Buy Exercise Equipment You'll Actually Use

Budget Fitness Tip No. 5: Don't Pay Full-Price for a Gym Membership

There's no reason to pay full-price for a gym membership. Period. Many gyms offer year-long promotions or perks such as: one month free, reduced monthly price, or deals for employees that are a part of a group corporate membership. Also, for those who don't need the gym seven days a week, certain gyms offer a discount if you only come in at certain times of day. (Not during peak periods such as 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Another option is to recruit one or more of your friends to join so you can all get a discount. Just like a used car, prices in gyms are always negotiable. Bringing a friend in is great, because it saves you money, and you get the added bonus of motivating each other to work out. Because, no matter how much money you spend, or don't spend in this case, it's up to you to take action to reach your fitness goals.

More: The Diet Detective: What to Ask Before Joining a Gym

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