Save: Boutique studio classes
Barre, spin, and other specialty studios are popping up all over the country and some charge upwards of $25 per class! These studios usually hire instructors with a cult following and provide the most up-to-date equipment; some even hire a DJ to run the class playlist. Since classes like this are an experience, grab your girlfriends every so often and make it an event. For the day-to-day, check out your local gym schedule. Chances are, you’ll find fun and qualified instructors and a more diverse class schedule for a much lower cost, even after you factor in membership fees. No matter where you enjoy your favorite class, here are a few things your group fitness instructor won’t tell you.
Save: Fitness tracking bands
Unless you are a full-blown tech nerd, the excitement of your newest toy will wear off almost as fast as the new piece of fitness equipment you bought last New Year’s and vowed to use every single day. If you’re trying to squeeze in more steps per day and you are goal motivated, pick up a simple pedometer or lower-cost fitness tracking band that offers these features and skip the latest, fanciest watch with a gazillion features you’ll probably never use. (Here are some bizarre things your fitness tracker knows about you.)