Save money, get fit with affordable sports
If you're looking for a whole-body workout, tennis will serve perfectly at a price to match any budget.
Because you can't play alone, tennis offers a full set of socializing opportunities -- and indoor courts mean you can play year-round. "People who play tennis have an obsessive love for the game," says Ann Bent, managing partner at Palm Tennis Management Group in Palm Beach County, Fla. "It's so good mentally because there's camaraderie, there's fun and it's a great way to meet people."
Tennis can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be. Some private clubs still require players to wear white. In that case, an appropriate courtly appearance can cost more than $100. A personal tennis pro can be expensive, starting at around $40 per hour. But there are ways to save money. Public parks don't have much of a dress code and charge minimal court fees. If you shop around, you may find group lessons for $10 a head.
Use the savings for a good racket -- at $200 or so -- and a pair of shock-absorbing sneakers, which will probably run $70 or more.