Starting a Workout Routine without Breaking the Bank

Ever heard that saying “The best things in life are free”? Well it’s true for most things, including your workouts.

When I started my fitness journey, I was at a complete loss. What do I wear? Why are there so many types of shoes? Can I even lift weights? What’s a boot camp class?

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Trust me, starting something new can be overwhelming. I’ve been there! I don’t want you to go through what I did, so here are some tips to start a workout routine without breaking the bank.



TIP #1: Get some comfy shoes.

Notice I said comfortable shoes, not expensive. There are so many different brands of shoes from running, walking to basketball and the list goes on. When you start your fitness journey, comfort is key. When you get more advanced, you can experiment with different types of shoes if you feel the need to. I love my shoes to be lightweight and durable, doesn’t matter the brand, though I am partial to Adidas. I love how they feel on my feet and the different styles they have. I almost always buy my shoes at an outlet mall. They’re cheaper but still have great quality.

Tip #2: Find some comfy workout gear.

Just like the shoes, there are a ton of different workout pieces to choose from; such as yoga pants, capri pants, one-piece gear, different types of sports bras, etc. Don’t let this overwhelm you. Start small and base what you purchase by the current season. For example, for summer workouts, grab a sports bra or 2 and one pair of shorts and one pair of capris. Don’t like to wear shorts? Grab 2 pair of capris. Don’t worry about what others are wearing. Wear what makes you feel good and make sure its comfortable. Workout clothes shouldn’t be loose fitting or too tight. Your body needs room to move and stretch without feeling constricted by your clothes. My favorite places to shop for low-cost high-quality workout clothes are Five Below, Ross, Walmart, Marshalls, and TJMaxx.

Tip #3: Let the workouts begin!

Now that you’re dressed for the part, let’s start putting in the work. For most people, this is the most difficult part about starting a workout routine. Keep reading to get on the right track!

First, start small. If you’ve never worked out or haven’t worked out consistently for the at least 6 months, walking is a great beginner exercise. And guess what? You don’t need a gym to do it! Make it a goal to walk at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes to start. Consistency is key. When you get this routine down for 2 weeks, add on to it. You can increase the intensity of your walks, start jogging and introduce other exercises.

I’d love to help you on your fitness journey and right now I’m offering online personal training sessions. Click the Shop button to sign up! And if you haven’t read it already, check out my previous post 5 Ways to Torch Calories while Walking.

Joining a gym is a great option, but not necessary. There are a number of ways to get fit outside of the gym. Like now for example. The weather is great, besides the occasional rain, so outdoor workouts are perfect! Check out my previous post for the 5 Best Outdoor Workouts.

If being outdoors isn’t your thing, there are plenty of exercises you can do at home. I’m a trainer and sometimes I just want a structured exercise to get me going. When I don’t create my own, I look to Youtube, my Fitbit app or any number of free apps on my phone for assistance.

If you’re up for it, get a gym membership. Going to the gym as a newbie was nerve wrecking for me, but here’s how I got through it.

  1. I signed up for the tour. It helped me familiarize myself with the layout and the equipment.

  2. I had a personal assessment done to see where I was strength wise. This made me aware of weights (how much I should be lifting), repetitions (how many exercises are completed in one set), and sets (The number of times you complete a specific amount of reps).

  3. I planned my workouts in advance. There’s nothing worse than going to the gym and having no idea what to do. It takes away time and focus. With my 90 Day Fitness Planner, you can plan all of your workouts in advance, down to the type, number of sets and weights.

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This blog is all about budget, so shop around if you choose to get a gym membership. Some have annual fees, some have child care assistance, some have add-on classes or drop in classes that you can take. Do what works for you, your schedule and your budget.

Make it a priority to go to the gym consistently. If you have a membership and haven’t gone in months; cancel it. Start with the basics and work out from home until your consistency is back. I’m guilty of letting a gym take my money for months so if this is you, you’re not alone!

I hope that by reading this, you’re more comfortable about starting your workout routine and are ready to live a healthier lifestyle.

Check out my other blog posts for more tips and motivation to get you going. My 90 Day Fitness Planner is great for meal prepping, planning your workouts, and writing out the good, bad, and ugly parts of your fitness journey. Buy now and get it in 2 days while supplies last!

Until next time,

Shantel