Get Active for Less

posted 3/24/2015 in General

Spring is finally here, which means your thoughts may be turning more to being active again after a long cold winter. But that doesn’t mean it has to cost an arm and a leg for gear, a gym or the trendiest workout clothes.

At Lincoln Savings Bank, we want you to be healthy, both in body and finances. Splurging on hundreds of dollars of exercise equipment and apparel is unnecessary. Here are a few alternatives to help you get active and fit for less!

Buy Used Equipment

Many people splurge on the latest exercise equipment they see advertised on TV or make an impulse buy when they walk through a sporting goods store.  If you are considering a large equipment purchase, such as a treadmill or weight set, do some research.  Check online at sites like Craigslist or eBay, visit local stores that sell used equipment or even call around to local gyms to see if they have any used equipment for sale. 

Don’t Throw Away Money on Expensive Apparel

You need a good pair of shoes and quality socks, and that’s about it. Why overspend on high priced fitness apparel when you get the same workout no matter what you’re wearing? Regular t-shirts and shorts will do. If you are able to invest in a nice pair of shoes that last longer, you won’t have to pay two or three times for subpar shoes.

Walk or Run- The Best Things in Life are Free

Neither of these cost a thing and are great options for everyone from kids through grandparents. You only need to dress for the weather, put on your shoes and go.

Be More Active at Work

Are you seated most of the day at work? Every hour, get up and stretch and walk around for five to 10 minutes (or whatever is allowed). If possible, try to get a workout in over your lunch. Anything you can do to break up the sitting, raise your heart rate and get your blood flowing is doing your body good.

Incorporate Your Whole Family

Getting the entire family active makes fitness a little more fun without necessarily increasing the costs of doing so. Family activities can be as simple as throwing around a Frisbee or ball or playing yard games. Anything that gets you on your feet and moving with your family will do!

Which one will you try? However you approach your health and wellness goals this spring, we hope you stay safe and injury-free. If there’s anything Lincoln Savings Bank can do to help on your path to better health please don’t hesitate to ask. We hope to see you soon!

Lincoln Savings Bank, member FDIC

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