Staying Fit on a Budget

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Working out can sometimes take a lot of motivation, but getting that perfect body to show off in time for summer can be easier and cheaper than you think; all it takes is dedication.

"It really doesn't cost that much money. $1- $2 a day most of us spend that money on coke and candy bars anyway," Resident Chris Mathison, said.

Hitting the gym may cost you money now, but will benefit you in the long run.

"One of the things you can't put a price on is your health, there are people who have memberships that don't even come to the gym," Fitness Instructor, Sami Jurado, said.

Midland's Fit Family Fitness says that some people give up on working out because they get frustrated with not seeing any results, but he says that's because they're not challenging themselves enough.

"When you do come to a gym and establish some kind of work out routine, do something strenuous, push your body up to 65% of your heart rate. Do something that's a lot different than you're used to. Some people aren't willing to do that," Jurado said.

If you can't afford a gym membership, Jurado says that's no excuse to put off on getting in shape, there are simple exercises you can do at home that will get you the same results.

For Chris Matison, working out is something he'll always make time for.

"I definitely wouldn't cut it out no matter what. I'd figure something to do even if I had to do it at home or walk around the park," Mathison said.

That's motivation many others can use.

"To make the commitment to change your life/health is huge, but once you make that step, going to the gym is another step," Jurado said.