How can you get the latest fitness gear, but still remain budget conscious? With more and more of us taking up fitness, and a continued need to stay frugal, how can you ensure you’re kitted out without splashing out?
For most sports or fitness routines, you’ll need to make sure you have the basics covered:
- Sports bra (for ladies)
If you are getting into running or cardio-heavy activity, you’ll want to make sure that the top is made of a material that allows for good wicking – drawing the sweat away from the skin to the next layer of clothing. Polyester and micro-fibre materials are best at this, while cotton is best used as a middle or outer layer because it takes a long time to dry out.
While many of the top sports manufacturers claim to create clothing that technically outperforms the competition, most of us won’t notice the difference. Until you are at a level that requires such clothing, or if you find your initial choices uncomfortable for any reason, you can save money by going for the ‘lower tier’ companies.
Just be sure to look for good quality stitching and beware of large seams or other areas on the inside of the gear that could rub against your skin and cause rashes or discomfort.
Here are a few examples of good clothing without the big price tags (UK examples used):
- RONHILL classic trackster trousers (Men/Women)
- RONHILL men’s crew top
- VIVOBAREFOOT running shoes (Men) or SAUCONY running shoes (Women)
All of these come well-recommended and average £20 per item, meaning you can kit yourself out with good quality gear for less than £100 once you include socks and gloves. Not cheap enough?
If you join (for free) a service such as SportPursuit, you’ll find fitness gear available for up to 70% off in ‘private sales’. Sure, you have to get it while it is available or you’ll miss out, but services like SportPursuit are a great way to save money.
Still not thrifty enough? If you’re willing to do some legwork, you’ll find stores like TK Maxx packed with Nike, Adidas, Puma and other great brands at prices from £9 upwards. Pick carefully and you could be on the treadmill for less than £50.
Have you seen any amazing deals lately? Managed to get your fitness clothing and gear on a tight budget? Let us know in the comments…