Well, if this holiday week is any indication, my wallet is shrinking but my waistline expanding. I’m due to ramp up the fitness regimen next week — and do so inexpensively.
See, here’s my wallet (I’ll spare you the waistline image!):
It’s a great time to nab a fitness bargain right now. For anyone looking for a workout at a bargain, I suggest signing up for all local daily deals programs — things like Groupon, Living Social, Good News (this one is still in the works), etc. In the last two weeks, I’ve picked up 30 yoga classes for $30, five personal training sessions and a fitness assessment from Results Fitness for $20 (a nearby boutique gym that I love) and 20 classes for $20 at Strive Fitness, which specializes in high performance training and, frankly, scares the pants off me.
I’ve been holding onto the passes until after my vacation. My theory is that those gyms are probably inundated with new people in January — just like my regular gym — and I’m better off to wait until after the rush.
Another great option is the local community rec centres — which charge a $6 drop-in fee for adults, $11.20 for a family. The swimming and workout facilities are good, although not great. Some of the dryland classes are top-notch. In fact, my favourite yoga teacher in the city teaches at one of the rec centers at a bargain price of $6 a class. The room is crowded and dark but it’s less than half of what I pay for a studio class.
Of course, most outdoor sports — with the exception of downhill skiing — are pretty affordable once you have the equipment. The best deal that I know of for affordable sports rental is the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre. A day’s rental of cross-country skis set me back a $17. The Centre also rents downhill skis, snowshoes and plenty of other gear.
Of course, the key is not what I pay for but what I do. I have to remember that at 5 a.m. when the alarm goes off for an early morning yoga class.
Wouldn’t you love to wake up to yoga here?
*Photo courtesy of Attrative Traveller