One of the things passed down to me by my dad, is that I am too, very frugal. I don’t like having to spend money on things I don’t need, or even on things that I want, but that are not a priority now.
I try to cut luxuries since I’m not making a killing ;) things I love but avoid are starbucks, pedicures, hair appointments, spa days, expensive restaurants, victoria secret, any store that is not Walmart, rue 21 or Ross and yes, the gym. I would love so much to have a gym membership and take spinning classes, and yoga classes and make use of the pool!! But for the past years, that wouldn’t have been a smart choice. If I was gonna splurge on anything it was to see my family. I take a lot of pride in my fitness not ever making use of a gym. As a runner, I’m lucky that my sport requires just a couple good running shoes. I don’t ever go to a real running store, as tempting as it is! I’m loyal to my $50 ascics and love some mizunos on sale when I can find them. No need to spend $170 on the newest trend in running shoes. Just know the support you need. That’s why ascics do so good for me, thick gel soles are my savior! I run like I’m in an elephant stampede, just stomping away. I tried to go even cheaper with sketchers, but that was a huge mistake, those soles didn’t last 2 weeks with the way I stomp.
Besides shoes, you need some good running clothes. I’m super frugal on this as well. Of course I’d love to have the newest lulemon yoga clothes or the latest Nike shorts, but my wallet just doesn’t agree with me ;) Walmart has a great fitness clothes selection!
This top and tights are both from Walmart, 2 tops for 10 bucks and 12 for the tights!!
And those are the sketchers I was talking about, pretty, but no good!
For yoga, you can get a yoga mat for under 10 bucks at Walmart as well! And while you’re there grab a kettle bell! They’re miracle workers!
Those are the only things I own for my workouts, a 20 pound kettle bell and my yoga mat. I use chairs, the couch, coffee table and any heavy milk or drink cartons in the house.
If you live in the USA, you get to use the highschool track! I absolutely love to go to the track and have a different kind of workout every time I’m there. Sometimes I just work on the bleachers. Great to do jump squats! It’s nice to stay creative, that way things don’t get boring.
Of course if you do have the money to spend on a gym, I say go for it. Don’t hesitate to ask fit people there for advise, they are more than happy to help!