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The Cost of Fitness: When to Splurge and Save on Your Fitness Routine

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The Cyclist

Karen Dolphin Harman, 47
Software engineer
Portland, Oregon

Monthly Fitness Bill
Gym membership: $88
Bike maintenance: $20–$30
Apparel/gear: $70
TOTAL: $178–$188

Go-to routine: Cycling "I bike to work and feel so much more alert and ready to start the day afterward," Harman says. She also hits the gym or runs on nearby trails.

Money-saving move: Investing in excuse-proofing gear "The weather in Portland can be discouraging, but instead of letting it stop me from riding to work, I spent $250 on a cycling rain jacket," Harman says. "Years later I still use it and meanwhile save on gas and maintenance by not driving my car."

The real payoff: Keeping the doctor away "We're a family of three, so our fitness costs rank very high. I can easily justify them though, because I see them as part of staying fit and healthy," Harman says.

The Team Player

Jessica Milcetich, 27
Social media strategist
Washington, D.C.

Monthly Fitness Bill
CrossFit membership: $100
Cycling class: $20
Recreational sports dues: $15–$25
Race fees: $25–$100
Swimming: $50
Apparel/gear: $50
TOTAL: $260–$345

Go-to routine: Running "It's so simple -- you just throw on shoes and go. Plus it's the best way to start your day or to clear your head after work," says Milcetich, who also plays softball, flag football, and volleyball on local teams.

Money-saving move: Joining rec leagues "It's a supercheap way to be social and active at the same time," Milcetich says. The bargain allows her to afford cute gear, like a $70 running jacket.

The real payoff: Beating the clock "Being active is a huge part of my life, and I'd rather pay money now to do the things I love that also keep me fit than worry about high health care bills later," Milcetich says.

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missa1408 wrote:

The DVD workout woman has it right. I can't imagine shelling out over $200 to get fit. I would love to have a personal trainer but I would also like to be able to eat and pay rent. This article was rather ridiculous because even the DVD workout person went to a free gym at work. Way too much money being spent here!

9/20/2013 08:06:37 AM Report Abuse
ccornnell wrote:

Way too much money being spent....you can do a lot with a little

9/19/2013 11:36:59 AM Report Abuse
ktuck624 wrote:

I think these people have alot of money. WOW!

9/19/2013 09:57:23 AM Report Abuse
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8/24/2013 07:42:48 AM Report Abuse
marya2010 wrote:

That is crazy, and very self involved! I walk 2 miles a day, do burpees, planks, pushups, tricep dips on block walls, squats and lunges all on different days. Zero dollars for that gym or workout. I pay $45 a month for a pool membership where I can kickbox or do Zumba in the pool, which are really tough workouts. I'm in great shape and I spend very little money. As far as workout clothes go, shorts and tees work just fine on my walks, and about 4 or 5 swimsuits a year.

8/19/2013 12:30:15 PM Report Abuse

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