Exercise Reduces Stress, Even Financial Stress

by glenn on August 20, 2011

When the possibility of losing your job creeps into your thoughts, it is time to review your expenses.  Inevitably, some people look at their gym memberships or personal training sessions as an easy way to reduce spending while enduring the economic doldrums gripping our society.  Farcically, people tell themselves they will do it at home on their own.  For many, the reality is that the exercise ceases and a sedentary lifestyle ensues.   Be honest and stop the cycle of lying to before it can start.  Exercise reduces stress and few things are more stressful than job loss or insecurity.  Therefore, there is a greater need for an exercise as an outlet.  Realize from all angles that if cutting expenses is necessary, that you can survive some fitness cuts, but will find an equivalent amount from other sources to equal what you need to reduce.


Stretch your sessions out over a longer period of time.  If you train once a week, move to once every other week Train on your own more and ask your trainer to provide you with a plan for the other days.  If you are up front about your situation and have a nice relationship with you personal trainer, then this should not be an issue at all.  They know when your situation improves that you will pick up your other sessions again.


Consider making your personal trainer an offer to pre-pay your next installment early.  Explain your situation.  Tell them that your job is at stake, but you don’t want to stop training with them.  Ask if they will accept an early payment for your next installment of sessions early, and in return would they give you an extra discount.  This is a possible win-win for both parties.  They don’t want to lose a good client and you don’t want to sever the ties either.  The hope is that the prepayment will allow you to bridge the gap until things improve, meanwhile your personal trainer will still have the sessions.


Check out group fitness opportunities. Small group training, boot camps, discount deal sites are all geared towards the budget conscious who want to stay involved on some level with personal training.  You will have a few different options here.  Small group training, sometimes referred to as semi-private training can help someone maintain a program that is geared more towards the individual’s pace.  Boot camps and other group fitness classes still can give you direction and a program to follow, but you will lose much of the personal attention.  Finally, be wary of the crazy deals promoted by some websites out there today.  While the price may speak of great value, you may be overwhelmed by a class that is overcrowded and understaffed.


These are just a few alternatives to seek when trying to reduce the expense of working with a personal trainer Manhattan.  There are inevitably other options you may consider for your own situations.   What is important is to assess the financial need and decide if giving up your Manhattan personal trainer all together is the best course of action to save money.  Because when you give up fitness, you may up end up creating new expenses associated with health problems.


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