Exercise and I are not in a steady relationship. We flirt from time to time, even enjoy the occasional fling that lasts for a few weeks. Then we’re back to seeing other people (he, more loyal partners; me, the couch and a good book). I know how important it is to make exercise a part of my life, but I can’t seem to remain faithful.
Depending on your situation, being fit can also be an important part of being frugal. Let’s face it-a lot of people are in the position of being dependent on good health to stay financially afloat. Taking care of yourself is a good investment, and part of that is getting enough exercise.
But exercise can be expensive, too. I don’t know about you, but I always seem to stick with a fitness routine longer when I have a gym to go to, a place where I’m accountable to myself and where I know I’m paying for the privilege. At the moment I attend a weekly class at our local gym, and while the fee is very reasonable, it does make me feel guilty if I miss a week or two. And particularly in the winter months when it’s just too darn cold to stay outside, it’s a lot easier to stay motivated when the activity is indoors.
As warmer days are starting to settle into my corner of the world, I can’t help but think that I should be more disciplined-both about being fit and being frugal. I know there are many options out there to stay in shape at little or no cost, if I could only find something and stick with it. I live in the mountains, so there are beautiful hiking spots all around. There’s a park across the street for me to walk or jog in, and I could do yoga at home. But I need to find my motivation, to set a plan and make it a part of my regular routine.
How important to you is being in good physical shape? Do you have a frugal exercise routine? How do you keep yourself motivated?