Committing to working out regularly is a great way to stay healthy. But, while activities like running or hiking will cost you next to nothing, working out at a gym can be notably more costly.
So how do you make sure your membership is worth the price? Read below to help you determine whether it may be worth the money to join a gym and how to keep your membership costs as low as possible.
It’s important to remember that a gym membership will only be valuable if you use it. Consider your schedule and habits. Can you fit a workout into your daily or weekly routine? Or will you only go to the gym a couple of times a month? An unused membership could easily be a waste of money, so make sure your priorities line up with the financial commitment you’d be making.
Even if you’re currently active, have a flexible schedule, and think you’ll use your membership, evaluate your situation before you sign up. You may be able to get fit on a budget without spending money at a fitness center.
You can perform many of the same workouts you’d do at the gym by investing in some quality home fitness equipment or workout videos. If you plan on only using the treadmill or running on the track, consider jogging outside around your neighborhood or at your local park instead. But if you plan on using a wide variety of equipment, a gym membership may be your most cost-effective option.
Take into consideration what motivates you as well. Maybe you want to go to the gym with a workout buddy who holds you accountable. When you’re paying for a membership, having a gym buddy who is counting on you and knowing you’re spending money each month may motivate you to use the gym more often than if you’d just planned to work out at home.
You may want to consider the following factors to help you make the best decision for both your body and your wallet.
Purchasing a gym membership can amount to a beneficial investment in your health and well-being. Here are some of the many ways to make your membership work within your budget.
There’s no better time than the present to take control of your health. If you’re ready to start paying for your gym membership, we’re here to help.
We offer a cash rewards credit card so that you can earn 1.5% or 2%* cash rewards on purchases — including your fitness membership. Learn more about our Founder’s Card and join us today. We’re excited to help you work toward bettering your financial and physical health.
*You can earn 1.5% cash rewards on purchases. You can earn 2% cash rewards on purchases if you maintain a PSECU checking account and qualifying monthly direct deposit(s) of at least $500. See the Visa® Founder’s Card and Visa® Alumni Rewards Card Rewards Program Terms and Conditions for full details.