Fitness

Get fit for free

As we all know, getting the body that we want can take a lot of work. With summer just around the corner, gyms everywhere are promoting their latest deals. But why spend money on a gym membership when you can get fit for free?!

I find one of the most effective and enjoyable ways to get fit for free is by getting yourself outdoors. There have been many studies to show that exercising in the outdoors is a natural way to relieve stress, and a great way to vary your workouts.

  1. Go for a run.

It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you have, because the great thing about running is you are in control of the intensity, so try varying the speed at which you run. A perfect way to tone muscle whilst running is to incorporate some hill sprints into your run. You can do your run anywhere, so try running through different scenery to avoid getting bored, and say a big hello to everything mother nature has to offer!

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2. Have a game of tennis.

I’m no Serena Williams when it comes to playing tennis, but I often love to have a friendly game of tennis with some friends. There are loads of tennis courts all over the country that are free to use for the public, so you may as well make use of them! Also, it’s an ideal way to have fun with friends whilst exercising, and who knows maybe you’ll find you have a hidden talent!

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3. Go for a hike or a walk.

If a hike sounds daunting, start off with a walk and then as you get more confident, add in a few more obstacles, such as country styles, hills and mountains. There are lots of different routes available online to suit all levels of fitness and even phone apps to help you navigate. It has been proven that by walking for just 45 minutes a day can help boost metabolism, slowly reduce fat, and improve strength- and it’s all free. So maybe ditch the car and walk to work or say no to the lift and take the stairs.

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Don’t let the Great British weather be an excuse to not fit in a workout. Surprisingly, there’s also many ways to get fit for free indoors. Sweaty Betty for example, is just one of a number of organisations offering a range of fitness classes in their stores, and online all over the country. Classes are all free and are taken by professional instructors. These classes from bootcamp to yoga are a great way to keep fit and socialise with others. Go to their website to find out more about booking classes. http://www.sweatybetty.com/page/fynder/?

So what are you waiting for? Grab your trainers and get fit for free.

Emma Louward
Emma is in her first year of studying film, television and digital production at Royal Holloway, University of London. Born in the countryside, but the city is where her heart lies. She is at her happiest when researching new and exciting health and fitness crazes.

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