Save money, get fit with affordable sports
A sport that won't run you extra
You've probably been running around half your life because you had to -- to the store, to the office, after the kids.
Now, run because it's good for you -- and save money, too. "The nice thing about running is it's the most affordable thing you can do," says Jean Knaack, executive director of Road Runners Club of America in Arlington, Va. "You don't have monthly fees, and you can run straight from your front door."
Just don't step up your training too quickly. You could get hurt or wake up sore. (Limping ages you.) Instead, start with brisk 30-minute walks, says Knaack. Eventually, weave 10-minute trots into your treks.
The investment is minimal, primarily just a good pair of running shoes. Consider going to a specialty shoe store -- RunningNetwork.com maintains a list -- where you'll pay $50 to $100. You can spend more if you want, but a 2008 study by Consumer Reports tested 205 pairs, priced from $28 to $120, and all but four earned a very good overall score.