In the past 24 years, I’ve been incredibly blessed with good health. No major illness and my trips to the hospital were only for sports-related injuries which healed quickly. Plus, I got the badge of honor of being on crutches, twice. Once for a broken fifth metatarsal (broken foot) and the other from a contusion of the medial meniscus (basically a bruise inside my knee). From the time I could walk until I graduated high school I played sports. Seriously, my parents had me on skis once I could stand on my own and threw me in a pool before I formed my first memory. In college I worked at staying in shape and went to the campus gym, which was free for students. But now that I’m on my own, cooking all my own meals and have to pay for any fitness classes or gym memberships I’ve felt myself start to let my body get out of shape.
Similar to people’s excuses for healthy finances, I can come up with a quick list of reasons why I’m not staying in shape: I’m too tired, don’t have enough time, local fitness classes just aren’t at a good time for me, gym memberships and organic food are just too expensive. I could go on. And yes, I get it. I’m a hypocrite because I roll my eyes at finance whiners! Trust me, I already know the rebuttals for my complaints: “running is free” or “just make it a priority.” But the one that truly resonates with me, “it’s cheaper to spend money on your health now than to get sick in the future and pay for medical bills.”
There are plenty of cost-effective ways of staying in shape, even when you’re traveling. No need to attend nightly SoulCycle (uhhh, cult…) classes or buy all organic produce (sorry guys, just can’t get on-board with that one). Running is free, which sure make me enjoy every stride. Unfortunately, I didn’t really get the “love for running” gene. My Dad has been in 15 marathons and my younger sister already ran her first. So for those who dislike running, check out trial periods at gyms in your area, see what local fitness studios offer donation-only classes, stream fitness videos via YouTube or Hulu, perhaps even try springing for a workout video. Take time to bulk cook on the weekends so when you come home from work exhausted you don’t throw chicken nuggets in the oven or call up your favorite pizza joint.
End of the day, staying in shape is one of the most cost-effective ways to save money. A little bit of money invested in your health now will likely produce great dividends in your future.
What are your favorite cost-effective ways to stay in shape?
Curious what my voice sounds like? Well, here is your chance to find out! This week I went on Chelsea Krost’s radio show and talked about why I think engagement rings are a gigantic waste of money (and other finance related topics).
LINK LOVE: INSPIRATION EDITION
- What I Learned from The Last Lecture via A Young Pro – Nick has started a series about books he’s reading. He’s encouraged me to go check this out at the library and feel inspired about concurring my dreams.
- 27 Secrets to Reaching Your Goals via And Then We Saved – Anna overs some quick tips about realistically overcoming obstacles. Plus #20 goes well with this post!
- Taking Risks: Failure has Taught Me as Much as Success via Tonya from Budget & the Beach on Debt And The Girl. Tonya chronicles some of the adventure she’s taken in her life and the various outcomes of taking risks.
- Our House Was On the News! via LBee from L Bee And The Moneytree on her second blog The Starter Home Diaries talks about how she got her house for cheap, cheap, cheap! Really inspired me to explore first time home buyer opportunities or similar neighborhood stabilization programs.