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5 Ways to Save Money While Staying Healthy and Fit

We are excited to share one of our fave stories from Fitness Magazine here on FitSugar!

Fancy home gym equipment, organic food and a wardrobe of the latest fitness apparel can be pricey, but consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch says that doesn't have to be the case. "As a young girl, I tagged along with my mom on shopping trips and learned that you don't have to spend a lot to look good," she explains.

Woroch herself ranks health as one of her top priorities (besides helping others save money), and loves bike riding, hiking, running, swimming and skiing—"anything and everything that gets me moving."

So we asked Woroch to share her insider intel about how we all can keep our wallets happy while staying fit and looking and feeling great.

1. Subscribe. Group coupon emails offer deals for more than clothes shopping and restaurant meals! "Sites like LivingSocial and Dealery often offer discounts for health clubs, fitness studios and outdoor activities at up to 70 percent off," Woroch says. Another plus? There’s no long-term commitment, so if you like, you can just continue trying new things based on what is offering a coupon!

2. Take advantage of free trials. "Request free or deeply discounted trial memberships from various gyms and fitness studios you're thinking about joining," Woroch suggests. This way you can find your favorite before getting locked in with a location that may not be your favorite.

3. Use technology. Online coupon sites like RetailMeNot and SmartSource offer a wide variety of discounts for online or in-store shopping at grocery, fitness specialty stores and more. Combine coupons you find online for stores like Whole Foods with what’s on special when you get to the store to score even bigger savings.

Check out these Coupon Sherpa sites for printable coupons at common retailers:

For two more great tips keep reading.

4. Don't pay retail. "Shop discount retailers like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross for cheaper gym clothes," Woroch says. "I know how looking and feeling good in the clothes I wear to workout in motivates me to push harder, so I also seek out sales at places like Dick's Sporting Goods and Target."

5. Enjoy the outdoors. Freeze your monthly gym membership during the summer and instead walk, run, bike or play outside.

Read on for more ways to save money while staying fit.

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