7 tips for getting fit on a budget

Sep 11 2017, 11:36 pm

This is a sponsored article written by Daily Hive on behalf of Fit4Less.

Summer’s almost over.

That means saying goodbye to barbecue season, putting a stop to hitting up patios on the regular, and chilling outdoors with a beer in your hand.

Staying fit and healthy doesn’t mean you have to spend an absolute fortune on a gym membership. There are a wide range of affordable fitness options available to you in Vancouver, and some of them don’t cost a thing.

We’ve compiled a list of seven easy ways that you can get fit on a budget in Vancouver, so all you need to do is pick your workout soundtrack.

Join Fit4Less


Contrary to what you might think, there is a gym in Vancouver that will leave you with money left over to live after you join. One standout gym is Fit4Less. Here, you’ll find high quality facilities with incredibly low cost membership rates. You can sign up for the 4Less card here and have a one year commitment membership. That means you can access the Fit4Less location that’s most convenient for you, paying just $4.99 every two weeks. You’ll be required to pay a $44 joining fee plus applicable tax based on the purchase of a one-year plan. Your membership gets you access to virtual fitness and virtual training (where available), plus a 30-Minute Express Circuit class. Find out more at Fit4Less.

Go hiking

Getting fit and staying healthy is enjoyable and cost effective when you hit the hiking trails. Even if you don’t consider yourself an Indiana Jones type of adventurer, there are a ton of easy trails that you can try in and around Vancouver. The Quarry Rock Trail in Deep Cove is an excellent one to begin with; you’ll get to take in epic views when you get to the top.

Ride a bike

Vancouver is a beautiful city for cycling with the terrain to match. You have so many options to take advantage of here such as a scenic ride along the seawall, hitting up the mountain biking trails on the North Shore, or even pedalling through forested trails at UBC. The best part? It’s free and you’ll be getting fit at the same time. Win-win situation.


Whether you have two left feet or think that you should really be a contestant on Dancing With The Stars, moving to the rhythm of the beat is an excellent way to get fit and feel good at the same time. You could go old school by getting a dance mat and working on your moves at home or joining a local dance class.

Go walking more

This might sound like the most obvious way to boost your health and fitness, but the thing is a lot of us don’t walk enough. When you’re working in an office, sitting down for eight hours a day, it’s easy to forget to get up and go for a walk when you’re busy. So put on your favourite running shoes to get out and about!

Eat out less

It’s so easy to stop into local restaurants close to where you live, especially if you’re in a hurry. But it’s not a good idea to do it all of the time. Chances are it costs you a lot of money, and often the food can be made using oils and creamy sauces that you wouldn’t necessarily use at home. You can stay fit on a budget by getting some healthy recipes online or doing a stop at your local grocery shop.

Do yoga

Relax your body and your mind by doing some yoga at home or in your local park. All you need is a yoga mat, maybe some zen music, and 20 minutes free time to add to your health and fitness routine. It’s the perfect way to start or end your day.

To find out where your nearest Fit4Less is located, visit the gym and fitness centre on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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