Getting healthy doesn't have to be expensive. Use these options to live better—and feel great!—for less money.
1. Get Addicted to Working Out
How: Sign up for AllSport GPS
What it is: Tracking your workouts helps keep you motivated to do them. And this fitness tracker makes it easy, logging your distance, counting calories, and keeping track of time as you work out.
How it works: Download AllSport GPS to your cell phone, iPhone or BlackBerry at portal.trimbleoutdoors.com. Prices vary depending on your service provider, but AllSport GPS is available on almost all major carriers. Expect to pay anywhere from $1.99 a day (for some cell phone providers) to as little as $19.99 a year (for a BlackBerry subscription). Click here for a full pricing list. (Slim your body without busting your budget by learning How to Save Money on Your Gym Membership.)
2. Find Inner Peace for Cheap
How: Get a Passport to Prana
What it is: This 30-day yoga pass for $30 (go every day and classes are $1 a day!) gives you access to some of the best yoga studios in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Been meaning to yoga teacher shop? Now there's no excuse to put it off. The tradeoff for the price: The pass only gets you into each participating studio once—bad if you fall in love with one particular studio, good if you're hesitant about trying new styles (and need your horizons forcibly broadened).
How it works: Buy the passport online (passportprana.com), and your card could be in your mailbox in as few as three business days. No classes in your town? Power up your yoga at home with this 10-Minute Yoga Workout for Muscle Tone.
3. Stress Less and Concentrate Better
How: Meditation podcasts
What it is: Too stressed to meditate? Download the Meditation Society's "Learn to Meditate" instructional podcasts. For even less stress, how's this: They're free! Get guidance that gets you mellow by searching on iTunes for the Society's "Meditation Peace" podcast. Or, if you want to mellow out on your own, just search "Free Meditation Music" for a slew of soothing sounds.
How it works: Search iTunes for "Meditation Society" and subscribe to the free podcasts. The podcast will then appear in your "library" and you can drag it onto your iPod or play it right from your computer. Not convinced you can meditate?
4. Get a Free Personal Trainer
How: Shape's Virtual Trainer
What it does: Okay, we're promoting ourselves, but we can't help it because our virtual trainer is amazing (and did we mention free!?). You tell the virtual trainer what your goals are, and you get a customized routine that gets you there. Bonus: You can track your meals (our food database has more than 20,000 items), check your calorie intake, and read up on the nutritional breakdown of the foods you're eating—all in just a few clicks. You won't be on your own; our Virtual Trainer has a vibrant community where you can share tips and motivate each other.
How it works: Click on Virtual Trainer, answer the start-up questions, and you’re on your way to a personalized workout that really works. (Or try one of these 5 Digital Coaches to Help You Reach Your Health Goals.)
5. Shrink Your Waist, Fatten Your Wallet
How: Healthy Mediterranean Meals for $2 a day
What it is: The world's healthiest diet—full of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy oils from olives and fish—has gotten a bad rap as an expensive way to eat. You can change that with "The Power of $2," a sampler of Mediterranean recipes by the Mediterranean Food Alliance (MFA) that cost $2 or less per person, but that taste amazing. That's the whole gig with the Med diet—it tastes like restaurant food, but lowers your risk of problems including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and even depression.
How it works: Get the downloadable sampler of recipes—including Penne with Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes and Salad Nicoise here. Get even more tips on packing your pantry with healthy Mediterranean foods from the MFA. (Or whip up one of these 10 Cheap Meals That Actually Taste Amazing.)