How to stay fit on a budget

Keeping your healthy lifestyle in check doesn't have to be expensive, especially when there are so many low-cost ways of staying active. If you're hoping to avoid pricey gym fees, then our guide to keeping fit on a budget is just the ticket!

Keeping your healthy lifestyle in check doesn't have to be expensive, especially when there are so many low-cost ways of staying active. If you're hoping to avoid pricey gym fees, then our guide to keeping fit on a budget is just the ticket!

Access online fitness videos

The internet is a great resource if you're looking for new ways to get fit without splashing the cash. Head to YouTube for a selection of fitness videos and advice on routines you can follow from your own front room. Find the ones that work for you and gradually build a repertoire.

Join Parkrun

If you're a fan of group exercise, then Parkrun could be just what you need to get yourself motivated. Free runs for all ages and abilities take place up and down the country each week. They're all timed and cover 5 kilometres - but that doesn't mean it's a race! Head along to one of your local events, where you can meet other people while running or walking the course at your own pace.

Walk more

Do you often find yourself reaching for the car keys, even for journeys that could easily be completed on foot? The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence warns not enough people are getting their recommended daily amount of exercise - and walking could be part of the solution. It's been proven to improve the musculoskeletal system, as well as keeping major health problems such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes at bay. Best of all, it's free!

Head to an outdoor gym

You'll be surprised how many parks have outdoor gyms for you to use. Equipment such as parallel bars, walking beams and climbing frames could be just what you need to get yourself fit and active. If you're not confident going alone, then why not take a friend along with you?

References

http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph41/chapter/Introduction-scope-and-purpose-of-this-guidance