Reducing Holiday Bulk Without Breaking the Bank

lc-gym-001With a season of holiday cheer, bundling up for warmth and, of course, non-stop feasting, it’s easy to pack on a few pounds during the winter months. If you’re trying to get in shape for warmer weather, fulfilling a New Year’s resolution, or just trying to stay healthy and fit it may be the perfect time to think about getting a gym membership. But with high prices and long-term commitments, it can be hard to find the time and money for this new endeavor. Here are a few tips to get a cheap membership!

  • Try before you buy: There’s no reason to make a long-term commitment that you may regret after just a few weeks. Make sure that the gym you choose has the right atmosphere, class options and equipment for your needs. Many gyms offer guest or day passes, so you can test the waters without taking the plunge.
  • Benefit from your benefits: Check your insurance plan and see if they offer any kind of discount for gym memberships. Some even offer savings on home fitness equipment if the gym isn’t your cup of tea.
  • Take advantage of your college: If you’re still in school, take full advantage of the university recreation center. Many offer fitness classes, intramural sports, rentals on bicycles and, of course, gym equipment.

Big life changes can be hard to maintain, especially if you’re on a budget. But there are always ways to save money, you just have to find them!

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