If there’s ever a time of year when the pressure is on to get into shape, it would have to be the spring. With just a couple of months until bikini (and swim trunk) season left, you can no longer hide under bulky sweaters or quarter-length coats.
Your mind is motivated and your heart is in it. The thing is, your budget isn’t totally in agreement with you purchasing some high-end exercise equipment. Therefore, you have to get a bit creative when it comes to how you can get the workout that you need on limited funds. There are some solutions to such a dilemma. Check out these below.
It would seem like this would be an obvious recommendation, but you might be surprised by how many people actually overlook it. When it comes to finding everything from new elliptical machines and treadmills to exercise bikes and home gyms, Walmart really does have prices that are close to unbeatable. Plus, if you are able to apply a promo code from RetailMeNot.com or CouponCabin.com for online purchases, you may even be able to get it shipped to you for free. Also consider sears outlet coupons for examples; they can offer deals that would fit your goals.
It’s amazing what a quick “cheap exercise equipment” in a search engine can do when it comes to seeking out affordable items. FitnessBlowOut.com has merchandise for as much as 70% off. Amazon.com is another source for finding everything from discount barbells to treadmills. For smaller workout items, you can find a stability ball at Target.com, quality jump ropes at WorkingGear.com or a variety of different kinds of free weights at AmericanFitness.net.
Check out foreclosed listings
You know how some people go to estate sales for vintage clothes and antique jewelry? Well, a foreclosed home is about the equivalent when it comes to finding used exercise equipment. The truth of the matter is that when people are in the position where they have to leave their homes in a hurry, carrying heavy, bulky items like workout gear tends to just be extra burdensome. If you know a relator or house stager, speak with them about if they know of any homes where people are about to move out. If so, ask them to put you in touch with the homeowners and see about making an offer. The worse thing that they can say is “no” and chances are, they won’t.
Consider other “used” options
OK, this kind of runs the gamut when it comes to the amount of options that are available to you. You can go on Craigslist. For some reason, there doesn’t appear to be a section specifically for exercise equipment, but if you look under “For Sale” and then “bikes”, “general” or “household items” and put the name of the kind of equipment that you’re looking for in the “search” field, you will be well on your way to getting what you need. Garage sales are another place to find quality used exercise equipment. If you happen to be in Sacramento, it can’t hurt to check out some Sacramento garage sales. Just be sure to ask the person hosting the sale if there is any exercise equipment available. Sometimes, due to the weight or size, they keep it in house or, yes, the garage. There’s also PlayItAgainSports.com, which is basically a national online smorgasbord when it comes to connecting you with local stores that both buy and sell used exercise equipment.
Use what’s already at home
If you’re really in a financial bind, you might be surprised by how many things in your house can be substituted for workout equipment. Cans in the pantry or filled-up water bottles are great free weights. A towel or broom stick is an effective stretching tool. Just stand in the middle of the towel and then pull up or extend both hands across the broom stick as far as your arms will go. Using a sturdy door frame is good for pull ups and squeezing a balled up pair of socks (like a pair that’s rolled up together after you wash them) will not just give your fingers a nice little workout, but it can also help you to tighten up your grip. Just in time to catch that volleyball at the beach!