4 Budget-friendly—and Healthy!—Ways to Lose Weight

Losing weight doesn't have to mean also losing a big chunk of your paycheck to fund your fitness goals. Here are 4 ways you can shed those pounds while still keeping a tight grip on your savings. By Carlo Pamintuan

Of late, there has been a surge in the number of Filipinos choosing to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. Gyms are popping up everywhere, from big malls to small neighborhoods, and healthy food options have been on the rise. Today, it’s easier than ever to lose weight even if you lead a busy lifestyle.

There is, however, a downside to these external triggers to live healthy: people think it’s going to be expensive. And they’re right. Gym memberships can cost around P3,000 per month. Food services that deliver healthy, home-cooked meals to your home or office will set you back P2,000 a week. If you opt for both, that’s P11,000 off of your monthly budget.

Spending that amount to lose weight or build muscle can be a bit much for some people. The good news is, there are inexpensive ways of sweating it out. Pursuit of Passion lists four of these.

1. Join a running club

Running is cheap because you don’t need any equipment. If you have a decent pair of trainers, you’re good to go. If you’re social or need to be motivated, join a running club. Look for one that’s near your home or place of work. Apart from supporting your goal to lose weight, these clubs can also help you improve your performance and minimize the risk of injury.

Some of the the running clubs you might want to check out are Nike+ Run Club, Makati Runners Club, Urban Runners Club PH (for runners in BGC and the rest of Taguig), Run365ph (for runners in the Quezon City area), and Snail Runners Alabang.

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2. Choose your sport

Do you play hoops with your sibs or one-on-one with your spouse? Take it to the next level and join a team! Invite like-minded friends and form your own group. Or ask around for groups that play basketball once or twice a week.

Get a membership at the Titan Love Court in BGC for only P1,000 (valid for 30 days). Once you’re a member, you can enjoy unlimited play with other members from 6 am to 12 midnight. If you want to play with your friends, you can pay an extra P500 per hour to reserve a court. If you can get 10 people together, you’ll only pay P100 per person for two hours of basketball!

Not a fan of basketball? Badminton is a no-brainer. Buy a set with racquets and shuttlecocks and you’re good to go—in your garden or on your driveway. Play at least three times a week to build skill. When you’re better, book a spot at Powersmash in Makati or 365 Badminton Court in Pasay.

3. Look for the ‘inner gym’ in your home or office

If you think about it, the machines you find inside a gym mimic many of the things we do in our everyday lives. Why need gym equipment for running, biking, climbing, or lifting weights? Get your cardio workout and lose weight by using the stairs in your office or condo. Brisk walk your dog for 30 minutes a day. Alternately use your left and right arm to lift the supermarket basket so that you can work on your upper body strength while grocery shopping. Or simply find any open space at home and do some push-ups!

If you’re at home most days, download apps such as Sworkit or 7 Minute Workout and work up a sweat using time-tested methods.

As Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman said, “If you have a body, you are an athlete and you should treat the world as your gym.”

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4. Look for deals

Thanks to the ever-growing number of gyms, there is quite a bit of deals and promos designed to lure you in. Scour the internet for membership schemes that allow you the same privileges of a full-time member without paying the full price.

Online sellers such as MetroDeal offer huge discounts for gym memberships or trials. You can sweat it out by boxing at an Elorde Gym for as low as P150 pesos per hour. Visit the individual websites of fitness centers and look for special offers. Urban Ashram Yoga, for example, offers a new-to-yoga pass at P1,500 for 15 days of unlimited use—a steal compared to their P750 day pass.

The app GuavaPass boasts the largest social community of fitness studios in the country. If you travel frequently, opt to become a paying member and enjoy unlimited access to different fitness classes all over Asia.

Losing weight seems like a daunting task to many because of the perceived cost involved. However, there are many ways to sweat without spending. All you really need is a commitment to what you want to accomplish. Remember that the most important thing is starting today.

That goal is made all the more easier if you live in a place that’s built with its residents’ fitness in mind. At Avida condominiums, there are facilities that allow you to work out, swim, or run. Visit Avida Land to find which development would best fit your weight-losing goal.