Exercise Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth

Exercise Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth

Not being able to afford fancy workout classes is no excuse to forgo exercise. There are so many ways you can workout for little or no money.


Do it anywhere, anytime. With numerous health benefits from improving your mood to fighting cancer, running is an easy way to get in shape whether you’re a novice or pro, give it a go.

Cost: free. Organised runs or events will have small fees.


Connect with nature, get some vitamin D and tone your body with a stress reducing walk.

Cost: free. There are organised walking events, find your local one at www.walkingforhealth.org.uk


An effective fat burning workout; loose fat and build muscle in as little as 10 minutes.

Cost: classes around £5 but can easily be done at home since equipment isn’t necessary.


Everyone can benefit from a stress reducing flow. Improve your strength, flexibility and mood by focusing your energy on breathing and a variety of poses.

Cost: a class is typically £7 but practicing and stretching at home is free.


A low impact workout that strengthens and lengthens your whole body. Regular swimming also improves heart health, lowers cholesterol and reduces your risk of diabetes.

Cost: if you’re lucky enough to have your own pool it’s free (except for maintenance costs). But for us normal folk, if you enrol on ‘Swim4Health’ you’ll get 6 weeks worth of unlimited swimming, a 1 day gym pass and 1 fitness class for only £25.

Check your local leisure centre for offers, sometimes free trials run or free classes are offered.

Check out Youtube, there are millions of health and fitness tutorials. Our pick:

  • Fitness Blender offer a bit of everything from cardio and HIIT to yoga and dog workouts.
  • Tara Stiles creator of Strala yoga has videos and flows that cover all aspects of yoga from beginner to advanced.
  • BeFiT with various personal trainers including Jillian Michaels who will help you burn fat and build lean muscle.
  • XHIT Daily has hundreds of exercises that’ll give you the model body of your dreams.
  • Not in the mood? For some inspiration and awe inspiring moves watch these…
  • AcroYoga
  • Proving your never too old
  • Or too young

Give yourself, not your wallet, a workout.