How to Save on Workout Essentials
Get a new routine for less. Go to fitsugar.com for free workout and stretching videos. And instead of shelling out $15 for every new fitness DVD, Netflix customers can stream yoga, cardio, and Pilates videos for no additional charge on their PCs or TVs.
Forgo fancy gadgets. Who needs expensive watches or pedometers? Download the free RunKeeper app to your iPhone to track your distance and pace and the number of calories burned.
Invest in quality. Clothing from top brands (Nike, Brooks) is pricier than discount-store brands but often will last longer, saving you money in the long run, says Gregory Florez, the founder of FitAdvisor, a health club in Salt Lake City.
Mark your calendar for sales. Sporting-goods stores and gyms usually discount fitness gear 40 to 60 percent twice a year. (Equinox gyms cut prices in May and September.) Looking for a good sports bra? Shopittome.com/running will tell you when bras in your size are on sale at various sites.