Keeping fit is in almost everyone’s list of New Year’s resolutions. This is because staying fit helps in promoting a healthy lifestyle that’s free from conditions such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. In fact, most people are opting to train in their own homes because it’s convenient and much more affordable than paying a gym membership. On the other hand, investing in fitness gear can give you a run for your money. And maybe that’s why most people are not able to accomplish their fitness goals. Everyone agrees that we are living in an unforgiving economic time. With so many bills to be paid, people are always looking for ways to save a few bucks when shopping for fitness gear. Here is a list of tips that can help you avoid spending a lot of money on fitness gear.
1. Compare Prices
Whether you are shopping for a bench press, dumbbells or a treadmill, you should avoid buying from the first store that you find. Although nowadays most people prefer to buy stuff over the internet, it’s still important that you compare prices from different stores before placing an order. Keep in mind that prices for different products can vary from one store to another. For instance, if you are looking for cheap kettlebells, you should consider buying them from a low-end store. Such stores usually sell their items at slashed prices because they are not known by many people.
2. Make your Own Gear
If you ask most people, they will tell you that making fitness gear is a complicated process. The truth is that you can use your creativity to make your own fitness stuff. Those who are creative and enjoy using their hands, may find making their own fitness gear to be a rewarding experience. For instance, you can make benches by buying a few pieces of metal and welding them. You can also make dumbbells by mixing sand with cement and then putting it into containers that are interlinked by a short bar of metal. Skating shoes can be improvised to make a rolling tummy trimmer. There are actually so many things that you can make at home. You only need to think outside the box.
3. Buy Second Hand Gear
You don’t have to rob a bank to buy fitness gear. If you are on a budget, it’s advisable that you look for secondhand stuff that’s on sale. In fact, most fancy gym facilities upgrade their gear every few years to be able to meet the needs of their clients. Such gear is usually sold at a throw away price. Interestingly, they don’t dispose of their old gear due to wear and tear. They buy new gear just to impress their customers and keep them interested in the gym membership. But before you buy equipment, you should test them to see if they are still in good, working condition.
4. Use coupon Codes
Having a coupon code guarantees that you will buy training gear at a discounted price. The good thing is that modern coupons don’t need to be printed because they are stored in digital format on your phone or in your email. Besides that, there are many websites that collect coupons from all over the internet and store their portal. You therefore don’t have to search for them on your own.
5. Ask for a Discount
Most stores that trade in fitness gear will only give you a discount when they have a clearance sale. But did you know that you can also get a discount by just asking for one? If you insist, they will give it to you because they don’t want you to buy from a different store. And in case they are reluctant, you can trick them by just adding the gear that you are interested in into the shopping cart but not make any payment. This will push them into making a follow up inquiry and that’s when you should drop the bombshell.