Are you a part of the 54 percent of Brad's Deals readers who made a New Year's resolution to get healthy in 2015? If so, you're probably in the process of gearing up for your new fitness lifestyle, which can be a totally intimidating process.
Exercise equipment can get expensive, and fitness newbies might not know which products to splurge on, and which they should buy on the cheap. But that's why we're here! If you're struggling to figure out what kinds of things you actually need to get into shape, we've got answers for you.
5 Things to Splurge On:
- Sports Bras -- Listen up, fellow ladies of the world: a quality sports bra is an invaluable investment if you're starting a workout routine. Good sports bras can get a little pricey, but I promise they'll be worth every penny when you hit the treadmill. Cheaper bras just don't have the support you so desperately need when moving around with a larger chest, so suck it up and spend the money--you'll be glad you did. Don't know where to start? Check out the selection at Sports Authority!
Shoes -- The wrong shoes can mess up more than just your workout. As someone who sprains her ankle on the regular, I need serious ankle support when I run and lift. Know your body and its limits, and make sure you pick out a shoe that's designed for the activity you'll be doing. No one should be running around a track wearing Converse sneakers. No one! Head over to your closest REI, and let them help you pick out the perfect pair of running shoes for your feet.
Don't skimp on gym memberships OR the right pair of shoes.
- Gym Memberships -- Yes, I know there are a ton of gyms out there that offer memberships for insanely low prices, but these kinds of discount gyms build their business models around the fact that most of their members will never come. Listen to this Planet Money report if you want the truth about cheap gyms, and opt for a pricier workout zone for better odds of staying on track and keeping yourself accountable. Do some research on the gyms in your area, and indulge in some free trial weeks before making a decision.
- Healthy Food -- It's a sad fact, but it takes a lot less money and effort to stuff yourself with junk food than it does to eat healthy, but if your New Year's resolution is to get in shape, you're going to need to splurge on the good stuff. Check out this clean eating grocery list from Skinny Ms. if you need some inspiration and meal ideas.
- Workout Pants -- You might think you can skimp on your workout clothes, and for the most part, you're right. But you'll be surprised at how quickly a cheap pair of workout pants will fall apart when you're wearing them every day. Invest in at least one well-made pair and you won't have to keep sewing up the holes that pop up along the seams of your cheap leggings. Surprisingly, places like Target have some pretty good quality options that won't break the bank. Try out this pair of Champion cold weather running leggings for your winter workouts.
5 Things to Get for Less:
Don't splurge on a yoga mat!