How to get fit for free – use your local NHS fitness and gym-free exercise schemes

If you’d really like to get fit this year, but have too much month left at the end of your money to join a gym or buy expensive home equipment, you can still get your heart pumping and your muscles flexing with one of the many free fitness schemes run or supported by the NHS.

Of course, there are loads of ways you can take it upon yourself to get fit for little or no money – walking, running, exercise DVDs and so on.

How to get fit for free


But many of us need a little extra encouragement and support, especially if we are starting something for the first time, and let’s be honest – the winter months are the hardest when it comes to forcing yourself out for a jog!

So take advantage of all that’s available to help you achieve your goals this year. Your local health authority has loads to offer in terms of support, advice and inspiration, whether you want to start training for a marathon or just enjoy walking with friends. Here’s how to get fit for free:

  • Walking: find a free health walk scheme near you, or take up a free 12-week walking programme. One of the very best ways to get fit for free.
  • Couch to 5K (C25K) is a free running plan developed to help absolute beginners get into running. The plan involves three runs a week, with a day of rest in between each, and a different plan for each of the nine weeks. And once you graduate, you can download the 5K+ podcasts to help you run even further!
  • Strength and Flex workouts offer you the benefits of a personal trainer without the cost. Download the podcasts and let the trainer guide you through a series of exercises designed to improve strength and flexibility – no equipment needed!
  • If you are looking for something different, why not find a local ‘green gym’, head for an outdoor gym or the local outdoor tennis court, or even download the British Army’s free training programme!


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