One of my resolutions for 2013 is to save money. I am definitely working on being more responsible with my money, but that doesn’t mean I’m stopping spending cash cold turkey. One thing that I think is a necessity to spend hard earned dough on is fitness. I think of this as an investment in yourself.
I have a membership to Colorado Athletic Downtown which is pricey, but close to my office so I know that it is easy to get my butt over there during lunch most days. The cost difference that I would save by going to a cheaper gym isn’t worth it to me if I never step foot inside it (aka the 24 Hour Fitness by my house that I paid for without ever frequenting). I’ve learned this lesson and have come to accept that I am paying for great classes and trainers, new equipment, nice amenities (whirlpool, sauna), and prime location.
For me, I get the most benefit (other than a solo run) out of group fitness classes. Therefore, I am willing to pay for a month subscription to places like Pure Barre or Core Power Yoga if I know they have classes I want to try. Also, once I shell out money I’m more likely to be committed.
Also, I love to motivate myself with cute new workout gear. Each season I’ll head to Nike.com, Lulu, and even Target to stock up on colorful tanks, cute yoga pants, and bright new running shoes. Being stylish, comfortable, and prepared (for weather) makes me more likely to put on my exercise clothes and actually exercise. I never feel guilty for these purchases because they’re motivating.
Do you think it’s necessary to spend money on fitness? Do you save my money by not using expensive gyms or fitness gear? What other ways do you invest in yourself?