Get fit on a budget

8 tips to get fit on a budget

So maybe the indulgences of the holidays have left you starting the New Year with some unwanted extras, prompting a resolve to get fit in 2017. Well, you’re not alone. A 2017 survey found roughly one third of Canadians said improving personal fitness and nutrition was their top New Year’s resolution. But achieving this goal can be expensive.

If you have good fitness facilities at your school the cost may be included in your tuition fees.

If you choose a different fitness facility, here’s how to get fit on a budget:

  1. Take a test run
    Most clubs offer a free trial pass for one or two weeks. Take advantage of these trials and try multiple facilities before you commit.
  2. Getting fit on a budget
    If you’re unlikely to be striking a downward dog or dog paddling anytime soon, why pay for extras like yoga or a pool? Opt for the more basic membership, but ask if you can add these options later if your fitness mantra changes.
  3. Too expensive? Ask again
    Private fitness centres often have commissioned sales staff, meaning there may be a hard sell approach. The price you get from one person may differ from the next associate you talk to. Ask a few different people to get the best price.
  4. Fit for life…
    Well, maybe not. If you’re concerned about being pushed into a long term contract, be aware that fitness contracts can’t extend longer than two years. Because some fitness clubs were peddling lifetime memberships, only to close their doors months later, provincial governments enacted laws limiting contract lengths. Fortunately, in B.C. there are gyms that offer inexpensive monthly, no contract memberships, which may fit well with a students’ school year.
  5. The perks of being a student
    Many gyms, including community centres, offer student memberships and/or tailor them to the school year.
  6. Beware the extra charges
    Initiation fee? Yearly maintenance fee? Key fob charge? If a gym is nickel and diming you, it may be time to explore other options.

    It’s been real, but we need to talk…

  7. Cooling off
    In B.C. you have 10 days to cancel a fitness contract. Perhaps your enthusiasm has waned and your aching muscles have given you second thoughts. You can cancel penalty free, within that time period.
  8. Time out?
    If you’re a student you may only be in town for eight months of the year, or perhaps just don’t want to be in a gym during the more seasonable months, ask if you can put your membership on hold during the summer. Check if there are any fees associated with such a temporary pause.

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