It Doesn’t Cost Big To Get Little
Losing weight is one of the top New Year’s resolutions next to saving money. Ironically, weight loss and fitness programs can come with a pretty hefty price tag! Think fitness equipment, personalized diet programs, and annual gym memberships. But, before committing pennies for pounds, consider these savings tips:
There are so many diet programs to choose from, and it is hard to determine which one will work for you and your budget. If you are considering a structured (physician supervised) weight loss program such as the HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) diet, know what you are committing to first. Physicians who administer these and other programs offer free seminars so you can see if the program is right for your needs. For instance, check out the Center for Optimal Vitality, Dr. Amy Brenner MD & Associates or Queen City Medical Weight Loss.
One of the best ways to stick with a fitness program is to enjoy what you are doing. From boxing, to indoor cycling to barre classes, there is an exercise class for everyone. Participating in a free class is a great way to test drive the workout and see if it’s right for you. If the class requires learning a complex skill, it might take a few classes to know if you will like it or not…so give it time. Line up your calendar with several free classes and try a smorgasbord of exercises (instead of food!) Anytime Fitness, Explosion Fitness, Title Boxing Club or Go Native Fit are just a few great local options.
Fitness facilities, like Beechmont Racquet Club, Miami Athletic Club or Fitworks sometimes offer trail memberships. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to try new activities like tennis, swimming, or speciality classes like Zumba, yoga and pilates.
Free or Discounted At-Work Programs
Employing healthy workers will be one of the top priorities for businesses in 2013! Many companies will offer free or discounted wellness programs. If your work is not currently offering a program, contact the local chapter of non-profits such as The American Heart Association, which offers free at work wellness kits. Local hospitals such as Tri-Health, Christ Hospital and Mercy also offer education classes.