Is running actually cheaper than going to the Gym?

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Everyone wants to get fitter and be healthier. And there are so many different ways of looking after yourself these days that it’s easier than ever. There are exercise classes, the gym, swimming or you can workout at home. There’s also been a rise in fitness apps popularity recently, like Couch 2 5K and ParkRun.

A lot of people opt to workout at home because they think it’s cheaper than signing up for a gym membership. But is this really the case? Once you factor in things like outfits, running equipment, apps, shoes the price can quickly rise. 

Gyms can cost you anywhere between £30 and £60 a month – although this can go up if you go for more exclusive gyms, personal trainer costs and packages that offer you more. However, the average price is usually between £30 and £60 each month. 

The downside to this is that a lot of gyms have you sign up for a yearly commitment so you have to pay for 12 months. This is even if you don’t use it. This means that you can end up wasting money if you don’t use the gym regularly. This is where a lot of people lose out because they’re not getting the most out of the money that they’re paying. Some gyms do offer a pay-as-you-go deal which means you only pay for what you use. If you’re not planning on going to the gym regularly than this may be better for you. However, if you are planning on frequenting the gym more often then using pay-as-you-go may actually cost you more money.



But if you decide to get healthier by running and using apps like those mentioned above, then you shouldn’t just think that you’ll automatically save money. Although the apps themselves are free, to unlock more features and different options then you’ll likely pay for it. Some of these types of apps will offer you everything for a one off fee, but some of them will ask you to subscribe by paying either monthly or annually. Not only that, but if you want to use these apps you will have to purchase a decent smartphone and headphones. Most people opt for wireless headphones too, because then the wires don’t get in the way while they’re running. Obviously you don’t have to opt for this more expensive option, but if you’re serious about running then they are a good investment. 

You also need to take into account the cost of buying all the equipment you need. You need to have proper running shoes, or you could run (pun intended) the risk of injury. You should also invest in the correct running gear in order to make your run more comfortable. If you’re planning on taking your running seriously, then you should buy winter running clothes. Otherwise you can end up suffering from injuries related to the cold. Having proper running attire is something which most people don’t think they need, but end up regretting it. 

This is why you should invest in the correct equipment and attire before commencing running. But the cost of all of this stuff can sometimes ending up being a lot more than people think. So before you automatically assume that running and working out at home is cheaper than the gym, you should take into account all the costs. Although the gym may seem more expensive initially, once you take everything else into consideration it could work out being more. It depends on a variety of factors, including how regularly you plan to work out, and whether a gym membership is worth it. 

Is running actually cheaper than going to the Gym?

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