Do You Overspend on Fitness? 10 Real People Share Their Workout Costs


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    • Val

      What about the cost of workout clothes and running shoes, as well as any supplements these individuals might take?

      • Ami

        Agreed! I’m a runner and though that’s free, while I was reading this, I started doing the math on the cost of race entries, new shoes (you easily wear them out when you are training for half marathons and full marathons, or if you are regularly running 10ks), Gatorade sports drink/PowerGel (just water isn’t sufficient at Miles 10+), and though it only factored into about $5/workout, it’s certainly not “free” to run regularly.

    • Lena

      A bit misleading considering that some of these expenses are not monthly or even yearly expenditures – a yoga mat lasts for some time and certainly expensive home gym equipment lasts for a good number of years – why not give the cost based on the usable life of at home gym equipment?

      And as Val says in the first comment, the costs of workout clothes and shoes were not factored in. Leave a message…

    • Rosie

      I acknowledge this is nitpicky! But – the cost calculations are a little off. While for one woman the monthly cost of her phone is included because she uses an exercise app (while she would arguably be paying for the phone anyway for calling/texting), for another woman who watches YouTube workout videos and walks her dog, all the costs associated with owning a dog, a computer, paying for internet etc. were not included. I for one would walk a lot less if I did not have a dog, and dogs can be expensive, so that should be included as a fitness cost. Computers have to be replaced every few years. Internet is $20 – $75 or so per month depending on the services.

    • Evy

      I echo the other sentiments here. I’ve had a stationary resistance bike that I bought almost 20 years ago that still works beautifully. A treadmill that I bought on close-out seven years ago. A rowing machine that is another excellent investment as well as powerblock dumbbells, chin-up bars, etc. A very complete home gym and, as others mentioned, the investment pays off for years. Should I include things like the wall mirrors to check my form? A very misleading breakdown that should have been better researched instead of rushing to write the article. Also, for those of us who are serious about staying fit, why not figure in the avoided costs of medical care because we don’t develop the typical chronic diseases of our age group, such as obesity, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, or falls due to sarcopenia? Probably should have stopped with the article and skipped the slide show comparison.

    • Tania

      I think the people spending too much on fitness are the ones that pay for fitness but don’t work out (I’ve been guilty of that). Consistency is key to staying fit and enjoying what you are doing is the key to consistency. Doing a variety of different activities is also better for overall fitness. Going to a gym with qualified experienced trainers/instructors, well maintained equipment and convenient operating hours is a better value than one where the classes are crappy, the equipment is unsafe/out of order and the gym is not open when you can work out.

    • Jubilee

      supplements are the big missing cost hear. One container of protein – which doesn’t last some people even a month – can cost $80. And that’s just one thing. Multivitamins, pre-workouts, post-workouts – these are hugely expensive