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Wellness spending: Knowing where to put your money: Part II

Date posted:  4/22/16 09:00:00 AM

In the first part of this series we noted a few great ways to spend money to help you reach your fitness and wellness goals. By investing in workout clothes, working with a personal trainer, creating a home gym or signing up for an event, you can increase your motivation.

However, while spending some money can get you moving, there are also more affordable ways you can reach your health goals.

Check out some free classes 
Gyms or fitness schools will typically provide free or discounted rates for individuals who are trying out their facility for the first time. By shopping around for these deals, you can check the gym to better ensure you will be satisfied with the facility you commit to. Smart Asset notes that taking advantage of trial runs ensures you don't wind up wasting money on a class or gym membership that isn't the right fit for you and your lifestyle.

Download an app to help you reach goals 
According to U.S. News & World Report, another great technique for sticking to your wellness resolution is to download a fitness app. You can track goals, workouts and even meals using an app. In addition, many of these handy tools also provide a little motivation. 

Some great apps available include: 

  • Charity Miles 
  • MyFitnessPal 
  • Johnson & Johnson's 7 Minute Workout 

Make small changes in your daily routine 
There have been many inventions and developments throughout history that have the primary objective of making your life easier. However, sometimes it's wise to do the opposite. You may need to drop some of the luxuries to keep on track and reach your fitness goals. Real Simple suggested inconveniencing yourself during your daily routine to incorporate a bit more movement and exercise throughout your day. 

For example, consider taking the stairs instead of an escalator or parking the car a little further away when you head to the grocery store. 

Even a few small changes can make a big difference, and it won't cost you a thing. 

Partner up with a friend 
When you have a fitness buddy you can hold one another accountable for finishing scheduled workouts. Arrange to meet your friend for every workout and keep each other updated on progress. 

While working out with a friend is a good way to ensure you are staying on track, it is also a great opportunity to praise one another and encourage progress toward your fitness goals. 

Another great workout buddy you can count on is the family dog. Whether you already have a dog or are thinking about adopting, having a four-legged friend join you when working out is a great way to stay committed. Dogs need exercise, and the more you tire them out, the more relaxed they will be when you bring them back in the house. 

Make a playlist or subscribe to a podcast 
Having something distract you during a workout will help it go by faster, and you will have something to look forward to every time you complete your exercise. Having a new podcast downloaded on your phone or a playlist you really enjoy is a fantastic motivator for your workouts. 

When selecting music, try to find songs that are a little faster paced so your feet follow suit. In many instances, the tunes you jam to during your exercise can impact how long and how hard you break a sweat. 

Sticking to your fitness and wellness goals can be difficult, but by knowing where to put your money for motivation and how to save and get fit will help you greatly.