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Has the "Economic Slowdown" Affected Your Fitness Life?

Has the "Economic Slowdown" Affected Your Fitness Life?

The economy and the possibility of a recession is making the headlines daily. This means many of us are tightening our belts for various reason. Spending habits certainly change when the economy falters and things like private Pilates sessions, gym memberships and traveling across the country to run in prestigious marathons become luxury items rather than the staples of a fitness life.

So I am wondering . . .


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smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
It hasn't affected me at all. I work out at home with videos and although I run, I'm not good enough yet to run races, so no money's being spent there.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
it's affected my fitness life in a positive way, actually. i was laid off a couple of months ago, so now i work out twice as much as i did when i was employed. at least there's a bright side, right?
brookrene brookrene 9 years
It hasn't affected me at all.
roberto roberto 9 years
Well I am about to quit my daytime steady job with 401k and other benefits for starting a company with some other people and it is risky but potentially big pay off. So.... I have been going to the beach and running a 4 or so miles a day and running whenever I can to relieve some stress.
shopper10024 shopper10024 9 years
I thankfully have not been affected by the economic slowdown (except my 401k is taking a beating), but it has affected my fitness life. I'm trying to be more conscience of my spending and shopping for clothes less, so with my extra time I have been walking around the city and exercising more in the park.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Not so much...
emalove emalove 9 years
Well, I don't go to yoga class as often as I used, but I still go fairly often. I also just bought a small elliptical machine for my home yesterday, so I definitely will be using that often. And I love to go for walks in the summer with my husband...and those are free!
grrl13 grrl13 9 years
well.... the apparel co i worked for slid down hill because of the economy and laid-off a few of us... so i've never had so much work out time! It's wonderful. yay unemployment!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
It hasn't affected me much at all, since I don't have a gym membership and most of my workouts are at home.
DiaMT DiaMT 9 years
I have a wish list a mile long and I can't buy any of it because funds are tight. My gym clothes are losing their color!
sugs_lover sugs_lover 9 years
I prepaid my gym membership for 3 years a few months ago, so not at all. I won't be signing up for anything new anytime soon though.
rivekkah rivekkah 9 years
Sadly this has greatly affected me. I cannot afford the gym at all now as my job was cut due to the recession. :-( You guys who want "no" as an answer are lucky!
scmeggiry scmeggiry 9 years
Uhhh... I've been spending more! People aren't signing up for yoga studios and spending money on workout gear like they used to, which means more perks and sales! Even with inflation, merchandise has gotta move
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
No it hasn't affected my fitness habits. My gym membership is subsidized by my health insurance and has all the classes I could ever want, plus a sauna, steam room and pool. I haven't sprung for cable or a fancy tv yet, and my gym has personal flat-screens so I can watch tv while I do cardio, which saves time and money! The only thing I will change is not driving to they gym on weekends, it's 15 miles away, and I usually go on my way home from work. Maybe we should switch to "yes" or "no" polls for yes or no questions (this being the fifth time I've suggested this). :)
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
We haven't felt a difference from the "recession".
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
It's actually been good for my fitness--I'm so angry at rising gas prices (nearly $4/gallon for regular where I live) that I walk a lot more places.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Sorry about forgetting to add a "No – the economy is not affecting my fitness life!" I must have been feeling very pessimistic when I wrote up this poll. I was prompted to write the poll after talking to a Pilates Studio owner who said she is feeling the recession. So good to know so many of you workout on your own and at home!
HeatherFeather HeatherFeather 9 years
I can't give up my yoga studio membership, but at $125 a month, I really need to cut back on everything else. I have alot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner these days:(
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 9 years
Well, it definitely hasn't affected my workout regime. My elliptical at home and I are best friends :) But the recession and cost of groceries have sky-rocketed, so it's harder to pick and choose some of my healthier, organic foods. I just bought a gallon of Horizon skim organic milk, and it cost over $6!! :O So... I've been affected by that a bit, but my working out has not.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
I has not affected me, I go to the city's park workout room, and it is free.
alpearsall alpearsall 9 years
I changed gyms to save some money, and I look for specials at yoga studios. I was taking pilates reformer classes but at $30 a class, I don't go as often anymore.
bronzebeauty719 bronzebeauty719 9 years
if anything recession has caused me to focus spending on health rather than vain indulgences (handbags, shoes and clothing)... meaning organic foods and working out more (though i use workout dvds and merely pay for one studio yoga class a week) but definetely do not even consider joining a gym due to the cost...what really affects me is the rise of the euro as a foreigner living here and earning dollars it makes it increasingly difficult to i dont know if it has particularly affected my fitness routine but it definetely impacts my life.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I dropped my gym membership to free up money after buying my 1st home...So it had nothing to do with a recession. I enjoy running outside and have a lot less excuses these days.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I've been broke for a while so it's nothing new haha. But I do have a trainer, that I scrimp other places to be able to see. I might have to cut back my time seeing him, which bums me out. We'll see though
yasume yasume 9 years
No, it hasn't affected my fitness schedule at all. I haven't belonged to a gym in a couple of years. I have my own gym at home-tons of DVDs, steps, free weights(a good range from 16lbs to 60lbs), medicine and stability balls, jump rope, racquets/balls, bike. Plus my apartment complex has new equipment in the fitness room-elliptical, treadmills and machines.
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