Exercising on a Budget

16 July

Exercising can not only seem like hard work, it can also cost a surprising amount. Think about gym fees, personal training costs, equipment costs and travel to and from your location of choice. But exercise doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, there are countless ways to exercise for very little, or even for free!

Take up walking or running
This is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get some exercise. It will only cost you the amount of some proper trainers, and after that you can walk and run for absolutely nothing. The bonus is that you can do it at any time and any place that suits you.
Budget level: £

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Cycling
Riding a bike can be great for exercise, socialising, and even sightseeing. It may seem a little pricey initially when purchasing a bicycle and essential equipment (ie. helmet, reflective clothing, lights), but after that first purchase, cycling won’t cost you a thing. There are heaps of free riding clubs all over the country and you have the freedom to get some exercise anytime you choose.
Budget level: ££

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 Search for free class offers
This option is entirely free, all you have to do is a bit of researching. Sportswear shops like Nike, Asics, Reebok and Luluemon offer a range of free classes, from running clubs, interval training, yoga, cardio, and pilates. Take a look at their websites and see what they offer. On top of this, many parks around London offer free exercise groups, with organisations like Parkrun UK offering free, weekly 5km runs in some of London’s leafy parks. Check out their website for details.
Budget level: Free!
 
Exercise as a group
Take advantage of team sports to give you some much needed exercise. Kicking a ball around the park, or playing some amateur basketball won’t cost you a thing and you can get in some socialising time as well. Also, if you want to play on an actual field, or court, the fees will still be low once you divide the costs between everyone.
Budget level: £