Making a fitness commitment without financially overcommitting

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This week the Sunday Frugalista column was about making a fitness commitment while avoiding a financial commitment. In it I mentioned that the daily deal site offer many opportunities to try out gyms and classes without a commitment. Case in point:

51 percent off at American Health and Fitness Alliance. For $39 you get a book of passes to more than 80 local gyms and studios. That's on through tomorrow.

$20 for a month of unlimited classes at Goality Fitness Club in Wood Dale. That's one of today's deals on Living Social.

Here are some links to interesting information I came across while researching the article:

"Paying Not to Go to the Gym," the study that shows most people overestimate how often they'll go to the gym, and let two months pass between their last visit and cancelling.

Diary of a Midwestern Housewife, the blog of Sara Kohlbeck, who went from being a non-runner to running a half marathon at Disney World with the help of social media fitness apps. She uses, recommended by Money Saving Mom's Crystal Paine for tracking diet and workouts

FitClick social fitness site

What people pay for gym memberships. That's from, where you can look up the average price range for everything from adoption to grave markers. Cool Web site.

Twitter founder Biz Stone talks about using Twitter to help him stick to running.

If you regret signing a gym membership, you have a 3-day cooling off period to change your mind.

Nike+ iPodis an inexpensive gadget that helps upload your workup data to social media -- assuming you already have an iPod or iPhone.

Budget Fitness page on

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