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5 Free Activities that can Help You Improve Your Fitness

Updated on February 11, 2016

When many of us decide that we want to improve our fitness levels or lose weight, we immediately think that it is going to cost us a lot of money to do this. This is because most people these days seem to feel that getting a gym membership is the only way to go about getting fit, and gym memberships usually don’t come cheap! There are plenty of activities that you can enjoy for free however which can really help you to improve your fitness levels. Let’s consider 5 free activities that can help you to improve your fitness levels and at the same time lose a little weight, if this is your overall goal.

Running

The first and most obvious way to get fit for free is to start going running. All you need is a pair of running shoes and you will be away. You could chose to go running on the sidewalk, in a park, along a canal or you could even do some cross-country running out in the countryside. Whichever surroundings you chose for your run, you will be sure to enjoy the time you can spend running with your own thoughts to keep you entertained. You could even put on some headphones if you would prefer to run with some music to keep you motivated.

If you are going to start running then it is important that you wear the correct safety gear and that you also think about running in safe places. In the interest of safety, it may even be good to find a friend to go running with so that you are not completely on your own.

Bodyweight Exercises

We all know that lifting weights is a great way to keep in shape. There are other cheaper alternatives to lifting weights however which will have just the same effect. Bodyweight exercises are a great example of this. Press ups, sit ups, planking and core strengthening exercises are all great ways to stay fit, keep in shape and tone muscles. The great thing about bodyweight exercises is that they are completely free to do! They can also be done anytime and anywhere that you can find a bit of privacy.

Tennis

If you have a park nearby that has some free tennis courts that are open to the public, then taking up tennis as a hobby could be a great way to get fit! A reasonable tennis racket is cheap to buy and if you can find a friend to share your hobby then you could have hours and hours of fun for free, once your racket has been purchased, of course. I can tell you from recent experience that tennis may look easy but it is actually quite physically demanding. The good news is that it is also lots of fun and you can play as hard or as easy as you like, the important thing is that you are out there playing sport and getting some physical activity.

Hiking

My family and I love hiking through the countryside. We’re fortunate enough to be surrounded by some of the best countryside that Britain has to offer. You’d be surprised at just how many lovely walks there are to be found right in your own town or city, though. Once you start exploring you will find that there are beautiful spots anywhere and everywhere, you just have to do a little research to find them! The internet is a great place to start your search for recommended local walks and your local library or tourist information centre should also have some useful walking guides on hand.

Hiking doesn’t just keep you physically fit either, I think that it also keeps you emotionally fit, as you will be spending lots of time in the great outdoors, admiring natures many wonders and beauties with wide open spaces and beautiful scenery all around you. Yes, hiking is a fantastic free activity to keep you fit and healthy in both body and mind.

Power Walking

So we all know that walking is an essential activity for anyone who is looking to maintain a basic level of fitness. But what about those who are looking for more than that? Well, walking can still be extremely beneficial, especially if you take up power walking.

We’ve all seen professional walkers bombing along with their hips wobbling from side to side and their legs resembling spaghetti. While this may seem silly to you, it doesn’t have to be this way. You could simply pick up some cheap small ankle and wrist weights and walk at a steady but upbeat pace around your local streets or park. Walking at this upbeat brisk pace can really get the heart pumping and if you make sure that you drink plenty of water, it can also aid you in your quest to flush those toxins out of your body, as you’ll be sure to work up a bit of a sweat!

No Excuses

So there we have it, 5 activities which are pretty much free to do and that will help improve or maintain your fitness. There are also many more of these free activities available, so we really don’t have any excuse not to stay fit, at least no financial excuse anyway.

What is your favorite free activity to help you keep fit?

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      nutritionhub 24 months ago

      Thanks Kristen, the image was just to give an example of an exercise people could try. Maybe I should have picked the standard planking exercise instead :-) Glad you liked the hub, though.

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      Kristen Howe 24 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub. Though why do you have the photo of the side plank from yoga/pilates, when you don't mention in your hub, besides "core strengthening." Just curious. Very useful!