Its 2012 ... time to make those New Year's resolutions ... but is it easy making a common resolution like going to the gym more often with the high cost of memberships?
While some people prefer to work out at home to save some money ... most would rather spend that extra dollar to have a place to go to that will motivate them.
"I would rather go to the gym and work out because it's more of a motivation thing. I like being surrounded by people and working out, as opposed to being by myself at home working out."
To save a little more when going to the gym, shop around for prices and deals. A different location or special sign-up offer could make a huge monthly difference.
Gyms also have different levels of membership at different costs. Get the plan that suits your work out style best.
Another way to save is by committing to a full year instead of paying month to month ... and ask your employer if they have discounts with gyms in the area or if they offer reimbursement.
If you are looking to save even more money and have the self-motivation, working out at home or outside is your best bet.
Bankrate.com went out on the streets of New York City to see what you would rather ... and why.
('Would you rather work out at home or at a gym?') "At a gym, basically, because I'm more motivated when I go to the gym."
"I would totally work out in a gym because there's motivation the music is playing, you see other people working out."
"I usually work out at home." "It's a little biter more convenient."
"I would go to the gym because I'd get a personal trainer and more motivation."
If you're still on the fence ... try getting a trial membership or guest pass. It's a great way to experience the pros and cons of a gym ... without the full commitment. For Bankrate.com, I'm Theresa Heintz.