3 free ways to get fit

by Leeds Building Society

You might think that fitness doesn’t come for free but actually there are lots of things you can do to get fit, that cost little to nothing. You don’t have to fork out for expensive gym memberships, equipment or classes. 

Here are 3 ways to get fit for free!

1. parkrun

parkrun is a fantastic way to keep fit and best of all, it’s completely free. If you don’t know about parkrun, they provide free weekly running events for people of all ages and abilities. There are over 500 events taking place in local parks, up and down the country every weekend and it’s easy to get involved. Simply visit parkrun’s website, register, print off a barcode, grab your running shoes and head to your nearest parkrun on at Saturday morning. When you reach the finish line, a volunteer will scan your barcode and you’ll receive your official time too.    
parkrun plays a huge role in helping people engage with their local communities throughout the UK - learn more about them here.

2. There’s an app for that

There are some great training programmes available right at your fingertips. All you have to do is download fitness apps of your choice to your phone, easy! But what’s worth checking out?

Couch to 5k

If you’ve always fancied being bitten by the running bug but have never known where to start, you should definitely take a look at couch to 5K. It’s a free running plan for beginners, and will build you up to running 5k over a 9 week period. Next stop, parkrun!

Daily Yoga

Yoga is a great way to unwind at the end of the day, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Apps like Daily Yoga allow you to access 100s of different classes for yoga and meditation. You’ll discover plans to help you master yoga, no matter what level you’re at.


MapMyWalk is a handy little app to download as it can be used to track every walk you do (as long as you have your phone on you). You’ll get feedback and stats from all your mapped activity to help you improve your performance. You’ll also find lots of new routes and can share your own with fellow walkers.  

3. Exercise at home

Gym memberships can be expensive plus working out in public isn’t for everyone, and it doesn’t have to be. You can have a great workout from the comfort of your own home thanks to (yes you’ve guessed it!) YouTube. It’s the home of countless fitness videos and tutorials and it’s so accessible too. Many smart TV’s have YouTube so you can watch routines on the big screen. Take a look at The Body Coach for a quick HIIT workout or ‘Sweat with Kayla’.  

And why don’t you try…

Walking whenever you can

One of the simplest ways to be more active is to walk, whenever you can. Make opportunities to fit extra steps into your day….

  • If you don’t have far to go, ditch your car and put your best foot forward
  • If you commute to work, jump off the bus or train a stop early and walk the remainder of your journey
  • Don’t spend your lunch break sat at your desk, squeeze in a 20 minute walk, you’ll feel refreshed for the afternoon

Cycling to work

If cycling to work is an option, why not give it a go? Yes, you may need to invest in the initial costs of buying a bike and cycling gear, but you could save a lot of money in the long run by eliminating petrol or public transport costs. It’s not only a thumbs up for fitness, your bank account might thank you for it too. You may also be able to take advantage of the cycle to work scheme.