The second most popular New Year’s resolution as “get more exercise.” However, just below that avowal - in the No. 3 spot - is “save money.”

Statistica.com lists the second most popular New Year’s resolution as “get more exercise.” However, just below that avowal - in the No. 3 spot - is “save money.”

Of course, exercise is free if the activity is walking, save for a quality pair of shoes.

However, if a gym membership is required to keep that New Year’s commitment, consider that the average monthly price is $58, according to healthline.com. Big-city gym membership prices could be as much as $100 monthly.

Yet, there are ways to save. Consumer Reports last January shared:


1. Wait until the end of any month to look into rates; often fitness facilities are working to reach sales quotas near month’s end, so perks and price drops are sometimes publicized incentives to reel in more members.
2. Hold off until summer, when few people sign up for memberships because they are exercising out of doors and are on vacation. Look for advertised specials.
3. Research deal/coupon sites to determine which area gyms might offer a special.
4. Try to negotiate a deal. Sometimes a price break is offered if the year’s membership is paid up-front. Ask for any initial fees to be dropped. Look at competitor rates and request a lower one.
5. Look into discounts offered for gym use during off-peak hours or on certain days.
6. Join with a few friends, employees or family members; group rates are frequently lower.
7. Check carefully your insurance policy to find out if any part of a gym membership is covered.

Always do a trial run, which includes at least one free visit to check out, use and participate in every aspect of the fitness facility before signing a contract. And, make sure to read the fine print regarding cancellation fees.

Finally, if a gym membership obligation is not in 2019’s budget, there are plenty of free and less-expensive-per-month fitness apps that keep track of activity and goals and provide routines, schedules, videos and more.