I’ve been thinking about getting a membership at one of the local gyms for months but I haven’t been able to get over the cost of it… $50 a month! On top of that I like to go to the pool regularlyย  and that adds up to almost $70 dollars/month! In the past three weeks I’ve actually been to the pool 9 times so having a gym membership on top of that really does not fit my budget right now.

Yoga Mat

Because of all this I decided to start looking for a comfortable yoga-mat so I could do some exercises at home too. After a bit of looking I found this mat at a local store for only $16.99! It’s a yoga mat from a great company called YogaRat that makes non-toxic and environmentally friendly mats from recycled material. So for a great price I got a mat that is environmentally friendly and very comfortable. Good stuff! (note; this is NOT a sponsored post, I just write about stuff I like)

Now the hard part… getting that exercise. I’ve started doing some simple stretches, crunches and planks and I’ve realized I’ve got a long way to go yet.

BUT! Here’s the really awesome part: Shortly after purchasing the mat I discovered that since I am a part-time student I am able to use the school gym for only $22 bucks a month!

The gym in question is pretty decently equipped and only a few years old so I’m excited to start going. I signed up a few days ago and I plan to go at least three times a week. My first session was just 37 minutes of cardio before I had to run off for an appointment but I had a great time, going to the pool regularly has really helped me gain strength and stamina. This workout compared to the very first time I went to the gym years ago was quite different! On top of that I felt great and happy walking out the door so I can’t wait to go back.

With the winter coming I kind of figure I will probably hit the pool less because of my sensitive skin, using the gym membership and going to the pool once a week will run me about $42.00/month. That’s a pretty freaking good deal if you ask me! On top of that I now also have the mat to do stuff at home.

It’s time to get a head start on new years resolutions’ get back or stay in shape and be healthy! What do you do to stay in shape? Do you have any suggestions for exercises on the mat? Let me know below!

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