Shrink that Belly on a Budget
The commitment to get fit comes at a cost, and it’s not always just sweat and tears. Bills can add up for new exercise apparel, a gym membership, a home treadmill or even personal training. For those on a budget, there are many ways to get in a good workout and lose some belly fat on the cheap. You can even get expert personal training for free! Here are just a three ways to lose pounds instead of dollars:
Don’t Pay A Gym Initiation Fee
Many fitness gyms will charge what they call an “initiation fee” for new members, which is an upfront payment of anywhere from $50 - $100. Ostensibly, the initiation fee covers the cost and effort for a gym to enroll a new member. In reality, creating a new account takes only a few keystrokes and costs the gym nothing.
Gym owners understand that many new members will sign up in a fervor of good intentions but then quickly drop out. The initiation fee is a little extra income the gyms can count on upfront, and it is a cost you should try to get out of if at all possible.
Most gym owners will be hesitant to negotiate direct gym fees, but they may be flexible on the initiation fee, especially if you can convince the owner that you are serious about fitness and will most likely hold onto your membership for a long time. In many cases, you can get the initiation fee waived. It never hurts to ask, and it could save you a nice chunk of green.
Make Your Own Gym Equipment
The infomercials are always filled with the latest and greatest piece of exercise equipment that is sure to revolutionize your body. However, you may already have all the makings of a home gym in your cabinets or even in your trash. Here are a couple of everyday household items that can be turned into your very own fitness equipment:
- Fill one or two empty milk jugs with water or sand, and you have the perfect arm weights.
- Need to work out your quads, hamstrings and gluts? Try running up your staircase.
- Use the edge of a sturdy chair for dips.
- Here are even more at home exercises that don’t require expensive equipment.
Get Personal Fitness Training For Free!
Personal or group training with a fitness expert can increase motivation and fitness results even as it sinks your bank account. However, there are many fitness experts willing to share their tips and put you through a workout for free. All you have to do is power up your computer.
YouTube and other video sites are brimming with fitness-related videos. Whatever type of exercise you prefer, whatever fitness level you’re at and whatever particular body part you want to concentrate on – you will be able to find a video to fit your needs. Just type in your preferences into YouTube’s search engine, and you will most likely get multiple results.
Not all online videos have great quality, but video ratings can help you sort the junk from the diamonds. Many fitness professionals have their own YouTube channels, which include many different videos. Once you find a fitness professional or two that you like, you can subscribe to their channel and get updates when new videos come online.
Oh, and it’s completely free. Don’t forget that there are also many great fitness-related websites (like BellyShapeUp.com) and blogs that also contain loads of important fitness advice. Take advantage of all the online tools available to help you get in shape and stay there.
To lose belly fat, the only real payment required is a little sweat equity.