How to Get in Shape for Free

get in shapeAfter enjoying a big Thanksgiving meal last week (and probably more than a few leftovers sandwiches this weekend), hitting the gym or signing up for a workout class might have crossed your mind once or twice. Lots of people start thinking about how to get in shape after the holidays – in fact, it was the top New Year’s resolution in 2017.

But for the budget conscious among us, the price tag of gym memberships and boutique fitness classes can be a little daunting. The number 2 New Year’s resolution last year was to make better financial decisions. The cost of trendier fitness options may leave you wondering – is it possible to do both? The two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Our tips can help you do both – get in shape for less.

#1 Get outside…

Getting outside, whether you’re running or walking, is a great way to explore your hometown and get some exercise. Bonus – it’s free! All you do need to buy is a pair of sneakers, and you’ll get in shape in no time.

#2 … Or work out at home!

If you’re looking for a running-less free way to exercise, try some of these videos at home! You can do yoga, pilates, or HIIT classes in the comfort of your own home – but, for 0% of the cost of studio classes. Try Do Yoga with Me for yoga. Check out Blogilates for endless pilates videos, and free fitness calendars that suggest videos to do each day to mix things up. Nike Training Club is a great, free app that provides you with workout videos for everything from HIIT, to strength training, to yoga. These free options you can do anytime make it easy to get in shape. 

For a low cost home fitness option, check out fellow NYC-based startup ClassPass’ latest offering. With ClassPass live, you’ll get access to tons of recorded studio classes you can do anytime, as well as live, in-progress studio classes! Try the free month-long trial, and then pay only $15/month afterwards (plus a one-time fee of $79 for gear). The option is great value for people on a budget!

#3 Look for Community Classes

Lots of public recreation departments provide free or very low-cost fitness classes or meetups. Check your rec department’s website or sign up for their newsletter to keep up to date on all of your options! During warmer months, they may provide free yoga or fitness instruction outside, and cheaper classes are often available throughout the year.

#4 Find deals to get in shape for less

Many gyms and fitness studios will offer intro deals that make them affordable. You may be able to take your first 10 classes at a discounted rate, or get a week or two of “trial membership” at your local gym. The key? Remembering to cancel anything that renews automatically. Set reminders on your phone, write the dates in your calendar – whatever works best for you.

#5 Check your healthcare benefits

Some health insurance policies will actually send you a refund for your gym membership or fitness studio classes. You can use these reimbursements to enjoy a higher value fitness program for less (or for free)! Check out your healthcare policy specifics or reach out to their customer service department to find out the details.


Follow just a one or two of these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to get in shape for less. Get a head start on your new year’s resolutions for next year with this two for one strategy!

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