All things being equal, the amount of money that you are able to devote to getting and then staying fit shouldn’t make that much of a difference. After all, fitness is about the simple conversion of energy into output, and being able to maintain that for as long as possible. So it’s reasonable to assume that if you can run (or even just walk), then you don’t need to spend a fortune on maintaining your fitness.
Don’t need to… but that doesn’t mean you won’t want to. When you come to take your fitness regime seriously, it tends to only be a matter of time before you find yourself seduced by options. Sure, you could run in any old sneakers, but wouldn’t it be better to invest in a pair that’s going to support your feet that little bit more? And yes you could juice by hand (if you don’t mind a lot of pulp, bits and wastage…), but why not invest in a better result using the likes of a Super Angel 5500 juicer instead? And then the biggest financial suck of them all: should you workout at home, or let a gym membership encourage you to maintain your fitness?
It would be unreasonable to try and pretend that not spending money on fitness doesn’t make a difference. We might wish it wasn’t the case but, generally, if you invest more financially then you stand to get more out of it.
However… it’s by no means necessary for you to spend a lot of money to get fit. It might help, give you an edge, but it’s not going to be able to change the simple biology that powers fitness. You’re still going to be able to get fit no matter how much you have to invest into it – you might just have to work a little harder!
Even if you do have the funds to spend and are inclined to do so, it’s worth asking if you really have to. As a general rule, always try the cheapest method of exercising, diet changes or equipment purchase first. Only when you’re satisfied that something is missing from that should you be tempted to spend more money.
However, whether you can or can’t afford to splurge, there are a few basic golden rules to keep in mind:
#1 Money Does Not Equal Fitness
Just because you invest in great workout gear doesn’t mean that you’re going to be fitter for it. Don’t persuade yourself that you’ve done your bit in focusing on your fitness; now you need to put that gear to use.
#2 Try Before You Buy
Whether you have a lot to spend or a little, trying before you buy is a good principle to stick to. If possible, have a sample of a gym before signing up to a membership. Don’t just assume something is going to be great because they claim it is.
#3 Sell On What Doesn’t Work For You
If you invest in a piece of exercise equipment and then find it doesn’t work for you, then don’t put it in the attic and forget about it. Sell it on, then you can use the funds raised to invest in something that might actually work for you.