Keep fit without splashing the cash

Tuesday 05 January 2016, 11:20 AM

Ricky Butler
Head of Best Practice , LifeSearch

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Want to keep fit but can't afford it? With the average gym membership costing £800-£1,000 a year, it's easy to give up on the whole idea of exercise. But there are plenty of other ways of keeping fit – and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

Doing at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity is enough to keep you feeling fit and healthy. This level of activity can reduce your risk of developing major chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes and even early death. Here are 7 fun ways to get fit without splashing the cash.

  • Join a club or team
  • Sometimes dragging yourself to the gym can be, well, a drag. How about signing up for your local club sports team? Sports quite literally make a game out of working out, so you'll get your heart rate up, burn calories, and have a good time doing it.

  • Offer your services
  • Volunteering to help a neighbour or for a community project is a great way to add some activity to your day while improving your community at the same time. If you spend the whole day moving around, it definitely counts as a workout.

  • Take a walk
  • Walking is an easy way to stay in shape because it requires only a pair of supportive shoes and it's something you can do pretty much anywhere. has lots of free guides that you can utilise to see the best of the UK.

  • Create your own boot camp
  • Who doesn’t love a challenge? You can create your own by doing strength and cardio exercises at home or outside at a park by creating your own boot camp. All you need is a good pair of trainers and a can do attitude.

  • Housework
  • The key to turning your cleaning activities into a workout is focusing on the ones that have the highest calorie burn, like scrubbing the bath or vacuuming. To get you in the right mood out on a high intensity song and do some push-ups or squats every time a new song starts to play.

  • Try rollerblading
  • Skating action works your knees, inner thighs and calves. When your bum starts to ache that’s when you know you are on the right road to burning enough calories.

  • Dance
  • Dancing is fun and sociable, and there is a creative element to it which appeals to most people. Put on your favourite song and boogie away while getting into shape at the same time.

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