Getting fit on a budget

fit on a budget

Contributed by: Denise of Thrifty by Design and Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert. 

The new year is upon us and most of us take the beginning of the year to start new exercise routines and focus on a fresh start. For me, I spent 2018 trail running amongst the wilds of North Vancouver. 2019 sees me committing to trail races at 12km and even 15km in length. The best part of getting into shape is finding my gear on a budget at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store. 

These are the 5 ways I’ve gotten into shape on a budget:

1. Sports tops and sweaters
I’ve found tons of name brand tops and sweaters in close to new condition at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store. My FAV score was a teal Arc'teryx wool sweater for $10 ideal for this season’s snowshoeing on the local mountains.

2. Jackets and outerwear
Whether you live on the west coast where we’re challenged with tons of rain or you’re on the east coast with the snow and cold to contend with, you can always find the perfect jacket or outerwear secondhand.

3. T-shirts repurposed into buffs and headbands
A super simple DIY is making your own buff or headband out of an upcycled thrift store t-shirt. I love making my own custom gear for $2 instead of buying new from a local sports store for $20 or more.

4. Pants
Not the easiest to score but worth searching for. I’ve found a few pants perfect for running. Why not keep your eyes out for yoga, skiing or other sports pants for getting yourself out and in shape.

5. Sports equipment and accessories
Depending on your sport of choice you can find your equipment secondhand at your local Salvation Army Thrift Store. You can score skis, rollerblades, skates or skateboards anytime of the year. Also keep an eye out for sunglasses, gloves or hats to complete your kicking butt outfit.

Be sure to get to your local Salvation Army Thrift Store once the new year hits and you’re ready to get yourself in shape. Here’s to health, happiness and more in 2019. Happy thrifting! 
fit on a budget