Working-out is an expensive hobby; each hobby you add will create new costs. These expensive, active hobbies range from triathlons to crossfit to cycling to road running. An argument can be made that RUNNING is one of the least expensive of the active hobbies (if you exclude traveling to road races).
I compiled this list of ways to save money because it can still be expensive to buy a new pair of shoes ($60-$130) after the recommended 300-500 miles or the latest moisture-wicking shirt at Nike/New Balance.
- IN REAL LIFE
- Visit your local running club during shoe “Demo Nights” and buy them online once you get home.
- Volunteer for local road races and earn a free race entry (varies).
- Win local road races and make your money back in prize money.
- Do not buy name-brand: shop at Target. Have a good few pieces that you think you will look good in, and for the rest, buy any moister-wicking piece.
- Become an ambassador for a small running group.
- Make friends with people who work at running stores or lifestyle companies and get discounts.
- Visit your local Goodwill or thrift store for slightly-used workout clothes.
- During Marathon season, there is a lot of fundraisers for yoga and cycling and other gym group classes.
- Download Workout Apps: Visit your phone’s app store and search for Sworkit — it’s a free video app that create a workout based on the time you have available.
- Get a gym membership during off-peak times (spring sales) or before New Years to save on monthly rates or they waive the sign-up free.
- Negotiate with your gym for a monthly discount; show them competitor prices and see if they will match!
- Boutique treadmill classes are expensive–sign up for monthly deals or free promotional classes.
- ONLINE SHOPPING
- Download Amazon plug-ins and alerts for products, lots of bargain-hunting size comparison.
- Shop nearby (and online!) outlet stores.
- Visit Shoekicker.com and select your desired shoes.
- Find new running shoe company’s that need beta testers.
- Check out Google Shopping.
- Track your mileage (including long walks) via Strava, MapMyRun or another tracking app to get a better understanding of when to buy shoes. (Buy shoes when you hit 300-500 miles in a pair or when you start noticing holes in your current pair.)
- Do not walk in your running shoes.
Let me know if you have other recommendations in the comments section!