Sunday, October 20, 2019

Fitness on a Budget - 10 Free Ways to Get Active in London

Fitness on a Budget - 10 Free Ways to Get Active in London

Choosing to get fit is great and can really impact your life in positive ways, but this choice can come with a hefty price tag. Depending on what you want to do to embark on your fitness journey, the cost can be astronomical, but it doesn't always have to be. I hate it when I hear people say defeatedly that they aren't getting the amount of exercise they'd like because they can't afford it. Physical fitness is something that should be available to everyone who wants it. One of the great advantages to living in a city like London is all the free options available for pretty much anything, including physical activity. Of course nothing is totally free... Before you start any of these options you'll need the appropriate kit and footwear, but finding ways to keep active without pricey membership fees can save a lot of money. Here are 10 free ways to get moving in London without spending a dime...

1. Good Gym
I first heard about Good Gym about a year ago and fell in love with the concept. Combining physical fitness with good deeds, this program really tugs at the heart strings and made me feel jealous that I'm not a runner. Good Gym offers three options which include running to help older people with one-off tasks, running regularly to visit isolated older people and running with a group to help with community projects. If you love running and want to find a way to use it for good, this free program is for you! This is also a great program for anyone who is looking to add a bit of socialising to their routine and combat the isolationism of big city living, but it's not just offered in London - there are 57 running areas across the UK and more coming soon. For more information, visit goodgym.org.

2. Project Awesome
Described as "an unsashamedly inclusive, loud, proud, high-energy free fitness initiative that's currently brightening up life in Bristol, London and Edinburgh" Project Awesome sounds like a lot of fun! The programme aims to bring movement back into our sedentary lives and "kickstart your day with a heck yes." Completely free, this is not a bootcamp or a gym, but simply a way to get more active in a social, fun setting. Offering flash fitness, running relays and trail run adventures, there's plenty to take advantage of. For more information visit projectawesomehq.com and you can click here can sign up for events on Facebook.

3. Free Classes at Sweaty Betty
You may know Sweaty Betty for their luxe activewear collections, but this well-known brand also offers free studio classes at locations across the UK. The offering includes HIIT, Meditation, Dance, Yoga, Box Fit, Bootcamp and more. Click here for a listing of upcoming events, locations and to find out more.

4. Park Run
My husband has been doing Park Run off and on for a few years now and he absolutely loves it. It's a chance every weekend to get together with likeminded running enthusiasts to do a 5K in a local park and your times are actually tracked, so you can see how well you do. Park Run is available weekly at locations all around the globe and it's completely free. Simply sign up, print out your bar code and you're all set. To make life easier you can opt to purchase an affordable wristband or card with your barcode that you can use every week to record your times, but that's as far as it goes in terms of cost. For more information, to sign up or to find a Park Run near you, visit parkrun.org.uk.

5. Free Classes & Run Club at Lululemon
Trendy activewear retailer Lululemon offers a number of free fitness classes alongside a running club in London. Locations across the city vary and the classes are on a first come, first served basis. Click here to visit the Lululemon London Facebook page for more information on upcoming events.

6. Adidas Run Clubs & Studio Classes
Adidas Studio in Brick Lane isn't just a place to shop for cool new activewear, but also a place to attend studio classes, nutrition & mindfulness classes or join a running club for free. Click here to find out more about what's on at Adidas Studio London and how you can add these free events to your schedule.

7. Happy Bootcamps
Happy Bootcamps is a global health, fitness and social program provided by nonprofit organisation Lifestyle and Preventive Medicine. Aiming to reach 1 billion people worldwide, these events are completely free and aim to provide activity, connectivity and education to promote health and happiness. Originally started in London, this program is now present in 12 countries and suitable for a range of ages and fitness levels. For more information or to find out how you can get involved, visit happybootcamps.com.

8. Asics Run Club 
Based on the brand's founding philosophy: "snima sana in corpore sano" which means "a healthy mind in a healthy body" Asics offers a running club in London to help keep you fit and feeling good. Click here for more information and upcoming events.

9. Inner London Ramblers
If you love walking, a ramblers club might be the right thing for you. There are groups all over that organise regular long walks to see various natural wonders, sites and views. The Inner London Ramblers are planning regular walks and you can of course get involved in the planning yourself if that's something you're keen to do. The walks are absolutely free, though you may need to pay an entry fee for some attractions, depending on the walk you choose. For more information or to get involved, visit innerlondonramblers.org.uk/.

10. Midnight Runners
If you're more of a night owl than an early bird, Midnight Runners might be perfect for you. This totally free running club powered by Reebok is a fun way to get social, see the sights of your city at night and get fit outside the gym at the same time. Numbers are limited and sign-ups via an app are required. It's worth reading the FAQ's page to make sure you have all the information you need to get started. Midnight Runners isn't just offered in London, but in major cities all over the world. For more information or to join, visit midnightrunners.com.

If you have more ideas for ways to get fit in London for free, feel free to leave a comment below so we can all check out your recommendations! 
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