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How to ditch the gym and work out for free instead

Love exercise but hate your monthly gym fee? You’re not alone! High membership fees can be the first thing to go when you’re on a budget or you need to make some additional savings. Luckily, going to the gym doesn’t have to be the only way for you to exercise. There are some amazing ways to work out for free that will leave you just as fit, just as lean, and much better off financially! Take a look at some of the ways you can enjoy free exercise and ditch the gym for good!

Start running

Running is completely free, and when you start running outside you’ll no longer have to jostle for the treadmill. Running is a great way to get in shape, helping you to increase your cardiovascular fitness while also helping you to burn fat. Running can be done any time, anywhere – so whether you’re at work, at home or even on holiday – there’s always time for a run. New to running? Give the NHS’ Couch to 5K programme a try to get you started!

Walk your way to fitness

If the thought of running brings you out in a sweat, perhaps you should begin with walking? Walking is ideal for all fitness levels, and you can do as much of it as you want. Provided you’ve got comfortable shoes and clothing, you can spend the day walking and enjoying its many health benefits. Get yourself a step tracker to monitor how many miles or steps you complete in a day to challenge yourself to go that bit further each day.

Use YouTube as a free fitness class

Fitness classes can cost anywhere betweem £5-£20, which soon adds up. Why not try a free workout online instead? The Body Coach TV channel features all sorts of effective HIIT workouts to help you get fit fast, while you’ll also find yoga and dance classes to choose from online. With so much choice, you could choose a different workout every day – preventing boredom and keeping you on your toes. The great thing about YouTube is that you can access it anywhere, so feel free to workout wherever you are!

Use your own body strength to work out for free at home

Some of the most effective exercises are the ones you do using your own body strength, without the need for equipment. Why not design your own training programme using exercises like burpees, press ups and sit ups to help you work all muscle groups by using a combination of strength and cardio. If you want to add weights, you can invest in some affordably from places like Argos, Decathlon or supermarkets, or you can use household items like tins and water bottles as useful alternatives.

Play games in the park with friends

Like to play team sports? Get your friends together for some morning or afternoon games. From football to frisbee, there are all sorts of team games and sports you can do outside that’ll cost you nothing and keep you moving.

Exercise is an important part of staying healthy, so letting a lack of money shouldn’t hold you back . The NHS recommends a 150 minutes of exercise a week, so look for activities you enjoy to help you achieve that. Looking for more information? Get fit your way with some helpful advice from NHS Choices.