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How to save money on getting fit

By Shannyn Allan · Bankrate.com
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Posted: 2 pm ET

Right now, walk into any major store and you will find promotions related to New Year's resolutions, usually about fitness. Shelves upon shelves of fitness gear, supplies and gym equipment could easily cost you a paycheck just to get started.

If you are serious about getting fit this year -- or simply want to dip your toes in the water -- without breaking a budget, here are some tips to save money.

Do your research. Ask around on social media or talk to your local friends to see if they have favorite places to shop. Ask them to recommend a gym, program or service that worked well for them. You will want to look out for specials, discounts and great deals.

Try before you buy. How do you know you will even like yoga before you try it? Many of us start our journey to fitness at the store, but the cost of even basic yoga equipment adds up fast. See if a friend has equipment you can borrow. Or, see if you can drop in on a local class before you buy anything or sign a contract.

Avoid overspending. Avoid the temptation to buy five of everything, or to purchase advanced equipment when you start. Just get enough apparel items to get you started. (No, you don't need a new wardrobe.) If you keep up with your fitness goals, reward yourself with new items.

Shannyn Allan blogs at FrugalBeautiful.com to help others save money on fashion, fitness and living a fabulous life! Find her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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