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January is a time when many of us make a promise to improve our fitness or try out a new activity. The good news is that this doesn’t have to involve shelling out for an expensive gym membership!

There are plenty of ways to get moving and many of them won’t cost you a penny (plus, let’s face it, who enjoys the gym anyway?!).

Get outside

Get out in the fresh air with free fitness sessions taking place across the UK!

Grab your trainers and join in a Park Run, sign up for a coach-led session and knockabout with Tennis for Free or try out a range of activities (including football and mountain boarding) at a Park Lives event.

If you fancy yourself as the next Bradley Wiggins or Laura Kenny, have a look at Sky Ride. The group not only runs large-scale bike rides, but also offers a range of route ideas and local cycling events.

Finally, you can have a workout at your own pace at an outdoor gym – free gym equipment located in parks around the country.

Get fit in your own home

If you prefer to exercise at home, the NHS website is a great place to start. It has a range of downloadable exercise routines, including 10-minute workouts.

And never underestimate the power of the workout video. You can check out plenty of videos on YouTube or pick up a cheap DVD. Additionally, you can find free videos on Fitness Blender, which also allows you to track your progress and save your favourite workouts.

Your phone is also a handy tool for improving your fitness. One of the most famous apps is the Couch to 5k programme, which is designed for people wanting to take up running. If you prefer your exercise slightly more extreme, check out the Zombies Run! app (no baseball bats required).

If running doesn’t interest you then Sworkit offers strength, cardio, yoga and stretching workouts. Freeletics is a personal trainer app that creates a training plan made up of high-intensity workouts based on your bodyweight.

Join a class or team

Get fit while learning a skill and meeting new people! If you need some inspiration, you could try out an activity quiz on the British Heart Foundation or BBC.

You can find local classes, including pilates, Zumba and boxercise, on the Class Finder website.

Why not learn to strut your stuff and rule the dancefloor in 2018? DanceNearYou has listings for classes around the UK, as well as a range of special offers.

For those with a competitive streak, there’s also Play4Ateam.com or PlayerWanted.co.uk.

Spread the love

Did you know that you can get fit while volunteering? Giving a little back can help your mental health and boost self-confidence.

Instead of going for a lonely evening run, why not see if you have a local Goodgym? These running groups combine jogging with supporting community projects and isolated older people.

Alternatively, Green Gym and Wildlife Trusts give you the chance to work on conservation projects such as planting trees or sowing wildlife meadows.

If you’d prefer the gym…

…then it needn’t break the bank! Check out MoneySavingExpert’s page on gym membership offers and snap up a great deal.

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