Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Healthy, Wealthy And Wise: Ten Tips To Save Money While Staying Fit

“Money is tight, but you want to stay in shape, look great and stay healthy. Staying fit doesn't have to blow your budget. Here are 10 ways to save on exercise costs: #5 Find gym membership specials. Finding gym specials, incentives or other promotions is a great way to get an affordable membership. The Janesville and Riverfront Athletic Club started a promotion Sunday to help people afford a membership, owner Mark Groshan said. The club is reducing membership rates $10 per month for each friend you get to join. And there's no limit. You could get a free membership or even make money. The reduction would stay in effect as long as the referral remains a member. Curves is waiving its enrollment fee when you donate a bag of groceries, manager Lisa Wheaton said. And members 65 and older can have their membership paid through a wellness program.Anytime Fitness on Tuesday, March 10, is offering free tanning and a half-price enrollment fee through Thursday, March 12, owner Jeff Brewer said. The gym also is offering reduced pricing on personal training sessions. #9 Workout with a friend. If you're struggling financially, you probably can't afford regular meetings with a personal trainer. Instead, exercise with friends. Workout partners can motivate each other and socialize while getting fit. #10 Check with your employer. Many companies offer discounted health club memberships. Check with your human resources department to see if your employer offers incentives to stay fit. Also, find out whether your health insurance provider offers a discount if you're in a wellness program.”


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