Your Health and Fitness Guide for "No Spend November"
If you're into wellness, you know that it can get really expensive. With green juices clocking in around $10 a pop and spin classes costing you as much as $36, it can be easy to spend hundreds of dollars a month on staying healthy. (Not to mention all the new athleisure constantly tempting us!) That's where "No Spend November" comes in. Across the country, people are pledging to spend no (or not very much) money for the entire month. Sounds pretty tough, right? But with the holiday season around the corner, there's no better time to save up and really think about what you're spending your hard-earned cash on exactly. Here, we've outlined how you can participate from a health and fitness perspective, since let's be real-it shouldn't be expensive to stay healthy.
How to Save Money On Fitness
- Have a prepaid gym membership? Great. That means you're set for the month. All you have to do is avoid spending extra on outside classes, yoga mat rentals, and bottled water at the gym. If you don't have a gym membership that's prepaid just opt to work out at home. With the zillions of amazing trainers on YouTube and Instagram, the options for home workouts are pretty much endless. Even if you don't have equipment like dumbbells or kettlebells lying around, there are many bodyweight workouts you can do that will seriously kick your butt, like this four-minute circuit workout you can do anywhere.
- In some parts of the country it's getting pretty cold, but if the weather is tolerable in your area, you can always go for a run, bike around your neighborhood, or create your own outdoor boot camp workout. Or try our 30-Day Outdoor Circuit Training Challenge that's made up of do-anywhere conditioning moves. Invite a few friends and make it a social sweat session.
How to Save Money On Food
- Take a pledge to skip eating out and ordering in when possible this month. Not only will you save yourself all the unknown added ingredients in restaurant food, but you'll also get a chance to work on your healthy cooking skills. Get excited about making your own food, discovering new recipes, and trying new ingredients.
- Be strategic about your grocery shopping this month. It's a common misconception that eating healthy is always expensive. Yes, if you are buying all of your groceries at a health food store, you're probably going to throw down some major cash. It's well-known that, generally, eating healthy is associated with a higher cost, and eating fewer fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is associated with a lower cost, but you shouldn't have to eat fast food just because it's cheaper than eating nutrient-dense foods. It's definitely possible to save some money during No Spend November-here's how: Make a large portion of quinoa or lentils each week, add veggies and lean protein every day, and you've got a budget-friendly dinner every night. (Find out how one of our editors budgeted for $5 worth of groceries per day...and in NYC!)
How to Save Money On Activities
- While you're detoxing your budget, why not detox your brain? Download a meditation app with a free trial period like Headspace, Calm or Buddhify and spend a short amount of time each day getting in touch with your thoughts. (BTW, check out these powerful benefits of meditation.)
- There are so many awesome run clubs and sports leagues that are 100 percent free. Check out Meetup, Sportsvite or Road Runners Club of America to find one near you. Nike also hosts free weekly run clubs at many of their stores, too. Check to see if your city has one.
No Spend November might seem daunting, especially if you've got wellness habits you feel like you can't live without, but even small adjustments can make a big difference to your bank account. Try some of the simple swaps we've mentioned above for a healthy, happy, and budget-friendly month.