Get fit on a budget
Get trim and forget the gym!
Keeping fit doesn't have to be expensive. Here's our top
ten thrifty tips to help you work-out on a
1. Take the stairs wherever possible
Simple yet effective! It'll bring exercise into your daily
routine without forcing you to go out of your way to plan a
2. Walk/run around local parks or
Ditch the tredmill, there's a lot more to see outside the four
walls of your local gym, and it's a lot cheaper than a gym
membership. Going on a long walk or run a few times a week is not
only good for toning up, it also boosts your mood!
Plan your routes ahead and discover new towns or parks that may
be a short bus or train ride away. Visit the leisure
and tourism area of your local council website to find ideas of
where to go.
3. Spring clean!
Cleaning is another great way to get fit as part
of a daily or weekly routine. By working a few lunges into
your vacuuming or stretching when you're
scrubbing, you can turn those errands into exercise!
4. Playing with your kids
They have endless amounts of energy and will
no doubt wear you out! Use the opportunity to help you get in
5. Small weights and equipment
If you have room in your budget, small weights
or skipping ropes can help you tone up and get fit at a low cost.
Alternatively, raid your kitchen cupboard - a bag of sugar or flour
or a tin of beans could work as a cheaper alternative to
6. Get on your bike!
If you usually travel by public transport have
you ever considered ditching the fares and cycling instead? If you
already have a bike there’s no added cost, but if not, you can get
some good second hand bikes and accessories from around £65. For
second hand deals, check out the Once Ridden website.
7. Take a dip
Swimming works your whole body and is great
for toning up. Check out your local leisure centre for times
8. Take the gym home
Workout DVDs, yoga, sit ups… Bringing the
gym class into the comfort of your own home can save you a lot of
There are lots of guides and online
demonstrations to help you get started. Check out YouTube for
online demonstrations or if you don’t have the internet at home, go
down to your local library to find fitness books to give you a head
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or
allotment, a bit of elbow grease outdoors will go a long way to
helping you get fit.
If you don't have a garden, and
you're interested in sprucing up a communal garden, our
Neighbourhood Investment team may be able to help you discover your
green fingers! Call them on 0300 100 0303 for more
10. Get a team mate
Team up with a friend to get you motivated.
Not only will you spur each other on, it'll give you a chance to
socialise and you'll also be less likely to talk yourself out of