Finding ways to be active for free

Finding ways to be active for free

Moving more doesn’t mean you need fancy equipment. There are plenty of ways to be active that don’t require you spending any money at all.

Working a bit more activity into your daily routine is a great way to move more without any additional cost. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator, getting off a stop early on your commute, or walking to the shops with a friend all count as fitting more movement into your day. What’s more, there’s no membership or fancy kit required to do it (though if you’re planning on being on your feet for a while, supportive footwear can help).

Local parks can be great spaces for moving in a number of ways, from taking a long walk to playing with family. Krisina runs in a park near her home, allowing her to be active as and when she feels she can be. Some sports halls and community centres also hold free classes, clubs, and events. Search online for local free classes to find out what’s available near you, or follow the link to parkrun for information on free, weekly running and walking events in local parks.

You can also simply head out with friends or family for a casual kick-about or a breath of fresh air. Both parks and natural walkways are free to access and can offer the space to move more while socialising. The link in relevant resources list to the Canal and River Trust has more information.

Many types of at-home activities can also be done for free. There are classes and guides online for anything ranging from beginner’s yoga to dance classes. Equally, moving more can be as simple as switching on the radio and letting loose to the music. Check out our section on getting moving around the house for inspiration, or follow the link in our relevant resources section to see information on Home Exercises on the This Girl Can site.

In addition to these digital resources, there are free smartphone apps that can help you track your activity. Looking for more on this? Take a look at our section on digital tools to help you move.