There are many freebie fitness opportunities. Biking in the park at sunset can be more fun that peddling away on a stationary bike. You may want to buy some basic gym equipment for use at home. Be careful though, because lots of rowing machines and free weights languish in the closet after their first week at home.
Look for low-cost facilities. Cheaper facilities pop up anywhere you see children and young adults. Local schools, colleges, and universities almost always have tennis courts, running tracks, swimming pools, basketball courts, and exercise rooms. Many often provide instruction. Community centers offer fitness programs and classes, too.
Many clubs will make special deals if you ask, although they don't advertise this fact. The best time to ask is during slow periods like summer and the end of the month, when clubs need the sales. You may also get a break if you join with a family member or friend. If you have friends who are already members, ask what they paid. If the sales rep cites you a higher fee, don't be afraid to bargain for a better deal.
If you're unsure about a club, ask for a two-week free trial period before joining, or at least a day pass. Some clubs lead you to believe that you're joining for only a month when you're actually paying by the month and joining for a year. Always read your contract before signing it!
Chances are that you don't know where you're going to be in three years or whether the club is even going to be in business. Never sign up for more than one year. You may even want to sign up on a month-to-month basis if the club allows it. You may pay more, but you give yourself an out if the club doesn't suit you.
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