11/14/2013 02:24 pm ET Updated Nov 14, 2013

Does Spending Money Help Shed Pounds?

You've probably heard people at the gym talk about "getting your money's worth" during a workout. But does the cost of a gym membership, equipment or classes really translate to weight loss? During a recent discussion on HuffPost Live, LearnVest writer Jane Bianchi said the first step to answering that question is to analyze your cost per workout.

If you go to the gym often enough, a membership may be worth it to you. It may have more to do with what works for each individual, according to personal trainer and inventor of Fit Kit, Amie Hoff. There are instances when spending money for a gym membership or equipment may be worth the cost. "It makes them feel better, they are motivated to exercise, they gain confidence and energy," says Hoff. "Can you really put a price tag on that?"

While some may need that membership to get motivated, there are still plenty of ways to get healthy without spending a ton of money. "You can work out with anything," says New York actor John Carey. He does pull-ups, pushups, squats and still feels like he can pull himself up if he ever finds himself hanging from a cliff (which, he says, is all he really needs to know). Check out the clip above for more on the connection between spending money and getting fit.



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