Money may be tight but your jeans don’t have to be. Fitness professionals around the country agree that achieving amazing abs and toned thighs is more about your state of mind than the state of your bank account. In fact, trimming your budget may actually give you a good excuse to shake things up.
“Our financial crisis is the perfect opportunity to save a few dollars, but more importantly, to change up your routine to get your body moving differently,” advises Lori Christensen, owner of viXen Training, a Los Angeles-based fitness program for women.
Creativity is key in this austere climate. So here are ten ways to keep yourself strong and sane during these rocky times. These are tips that work for moms or anyone else looking for ways to spend less on staying fit.
1. Get Social
Team up with friends, co-workers, neighbors, or family and you’ll stand a much better chance of sticking with your program. Start a walking or running group in your neighborhood or at your office during lunch. Remember, every bit of activity counts.
“If you are with other women and you’re having fun and feel connected, you’ll get motivated,” says Sara Holliday, a San Diego-based family therapist, yoga instructor, and owner of Fit by Sara.
Thanks to the Web, there are some easy ways to get connected. Join a cyber-fitness community like Moms in Motion (www.momsinmotion.com), a national program that organizes real world weekly runs or walks for moms.
Tap into resources like Yahoo! Groups (groups.yahoo.com) to find fitness-minded people in your area. Search “moms, exercise, and your zip code” at groups.yahoo.com and see what turns up. I’m on the LA-based Peachhead fitness group on Yahoo! and just this week, I’ve gotten some emails from fellow moms who want to run or share Pilates sessions, etc. Spread the word among your Facebook friends. Or tack a real note onto a bulletin board at your child’s preschool, your Mommy & Me class, or even your pediatrician’s office.
2. Virtual Trainer