5 free ways to get more exercise
Does anyone else get a bit miffed about the cost of gyms? Like, I know how important it is to do more exercise and I know how good it makes you feel, blah blah blah. But the £30 a month fee equates to 2 dresses, a pair of shoes and a year's supply of candles in Primark, and I know which option brings me more joy. (Hint - it's not an oversubscribed spinning class).
So last month I cancelled my gym membership in favour of finding cheaper alternatives to keep the muffin tops at bay. I figured that it would save me a bit of cash AND force me to be a bit more creative with my workouts, rather than relying on the same old treadmill routine. As the sun starts to make a bit of an appearance and the promise of bare legs is just around the corner, I know that some of you might also be wanting to get moving more. So here are my top ten ways to get more exercise on the cheap!
1) YouTube workouts
There are SO many good workouts on YouTube that are both challenging and free. Some of my favourites include the Blogilates Pilates workouts and the 30 Day Shred, and I really want to try the Yoga with Adriene 30 Day Challenge.
2) Get running
I've written before about why I love running here, and after some time out with an injury I'm starting to fall in love all over again. It's never been easier (or cheaper) to start running - try out the Couch to 5K, take part in the weekly free Park Runs or join your local running club.
3) Find a free outdoor gym
I really wish I had come up with the idea for The Great Outdoor Gym Co and I'm quite miffed that there isn't one closer to where I live. Use gym equipment for free and soak up fresh air and vitamin D all at the same time - WINNER.
4) Borrow a dog
Dogs are a fantastic way of getting more exercise, but they are also a huge responsibility that can't be taken on lightly. That's not to say you can't still get the health benefits though - visit borrowmydoggy.com or find your local Dogs Trust to borrow a pooch to walk.
5) Utilise Gumtree and Freecycle
Finally, never underestimate the power of Gumtree or Freecycle when it comes to sourcing exercise equipment. So many people invest in exercise bikes or treadmills when they're in the January spirit and are desperate to get rid as soon as they realise they've started using it as a clothes horse!