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Fitness shouldn’t have to be a luxury by Mikael

There is one little hitch that comes from flying out of the nest into your own: rent and sustenance can be the heaviest costs you have to pay.

I’ve been out of my parents house for about a month and a half–and I love it! It’s so nice to finally be on my own. But now there’s a constant angel on my shoulder watching every single penny I spend. And a little devil too… but my little devil is becoming especially devious.

I love fitness… Throw me in a Zumba Fitness, Pole Fitness or Yoga class and I’m a happy camper. And let’s face it, being fit and healthy is something that’s important! It’s a high priority of mine. It shouldn’t have to be a luxury.

But luxury is exactly what fitness becomes when your budget is limited. 

I don’t know if it’s because I’m in love with small, private companies–but the cost of me doing my favorite fitness classes is daunting. I’ve run into a bit of a problem. I want to do them all… but how on earth am I supposed to pay for them?

For Zumba, it’s safe to expect $5-$15 per class. Yoga and my Pole Fitness is around $15 to $20. That’s just for a singular class. You get a monthly or 10-punch pass, and that decreases the cost of each individual class–saving you money. Right? Well, if I could secure a Zumba teaching gig, then one would be taken care of. There are a couple of prospects on that front so fingers crossed.


They say fitness doesn’t have to cost a thing. Just go for a walk or a run.

Runs don’t cut it for me; running hurts my knees. I have DVD’s–but I love my Zumba, Pole and Yoga classes! The reasons are in the teachers, the feeling I get when I’m done and the environment. The people help make the classes more than just a way to stay fit. It’s something that, if given the opportunities and resources, I would gladly pay full price for.

Another problem is time–all this work on top of my want to maintain an active social life leaves only the bare minimum amount of time to work out. Not acceptable, and I definitely need to work on scheduling my workout time better. Work out time is “me time” and that should never be skimped on. 

So y’all stop calling me! ;) Haha, just kidding. Call me, just be ready to plan out a week in advance.

The problem is I’m working a 20-something/year job and my salary is now going to living on my own and everything that comes with it. Luckily, I’ve done really well at staying out of debt and I’d like to keep it that way. I tend to manage my money okay and I always have at least a little padding just in case.

But is there a way to balance this all? A way to do all of my favorite workouts without breaking the bank?


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Workouts are always the first thing to go when I get super busy, but that’s silly because I know I’m happier when I take the time to work out so I’m trying to get better. Running works for me, but I also love the classes offered at my gym. It’s a Gold’s and classes are included in my membership fee which is only like $29 or something like that. I’m so lucky to have access to so many classes I like for cheap.

Comment by terrabear (@terrabear)

That’s not too bad for Gold’s! Working out is always a great way to feel better. Which classes do you enjoy most?

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