5 Reasons Not to Join a Gym: Ways to Keep Fit
One in seven people in the UK is a member of a gym. Other than the fact that lots of those gym memberships are gathering dust, there’s tonnes of ways you can keep fit without contributing your hard-earned pennies to the £5 billion fitness industry.
1. The Great Outdoors…
Instead of paying £20 to £50 every month to run on a treadmill while staring at your own pink face in those unflattering mirrors, start running outdoors. Not only is there no cost attached, you also get the benefit of fresh air, surroundings of your choice, and it’s actually better for your joints. Check out Parkrun who organise free, weekly timed running sessions all over the UK and as a bonus it’s a great way to meet new people.
2. Invest in your own gym
Save big by buying a few bits of fitness equipment to use at home and you’ll find yourself saving hundreds by cutting out the monthly membership. Spend what would be a month’s fee and get a few weights and resistance bands that are yours to keep. You won’t feel guilty about when you accidentally-on-purpose don’t use them for a while.
3. Join a club
Join a free exercise club (or start one with friends) that you can go to as and when you please. This way you might feel the benefit of a little more pressure to keep it up while avoiding the hefty costs of classes at the gym.
4. Avoid the crowds
Love exercising but hate the crowds? Try taking your work out to the local park, your garden, or living room. Wherever you chose, with endless YouTube videos covering how to get a good workout outside of the gym, find one you like and give it a go.
5. Use technology instead
There’s plenty of apps available with a virtual personal trainer on them to track your progress. If you’re not quite ready to commit to a paid app, most offer a free trial so you can see what it’s all about before deciding if it’s worth parting with your hard earned cash.
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