LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2012) - As figures show that gym fees have soared in the last 10 years, Asda Money reveals how to get fit for free. Everyone wants to keep fit and healthy, but one study this year suggests that gym membership prices have risen by 48% in the last decade*.
Average membership costs for UK adults have increased from just under £25 in 2002, to almost £37 in 2012.
It might come as no surprise that a growing number of people may be seeking cheaper ways to keep fit.
Here are some top tips to keep fit for free.
Running or jogging in the great outdoors is a popular get-fit activity, and is free to participate in. Whether Brits live in the wide-open countryside or densely populated urban cities, many can enjoy running. From pavements to parks, running in the UK can be done almost anywhere. Plus, if you own a smartphone there are a number of free apps that you can download to track your distance and the calories you burned during your run.
According to leading health experts**, walking as a form of exercise is often underrated. It is a simple and easy way of getting around and burning calories. Walking, instead of driving, is not only good for the environment but your health as well. Walking 10,000 steps a day could burn up to 400 calories.
Enter a charity event
Those in need of fitness motivation could try training for a charity event or good cause. Some marathons, fun-runs and charity sporting events may require a small registration fee, but it would go towards a good cause.
Turn your home into a gym
Household cleaning and other chores, such as window cleaning or painting, may help with toning muscles. Typical household products and goods could also double up as weights. This could be canned food or bags of sugar.
Looking after yourself now, can be beneficial to your health in the future and it may even have an effect on your life insurance premiums.
Notes to editor
* Halifax Spare Time Spending Costs Soar, Table 1 - Cost of leisure by category, March 2002- March 2012
** NHS free fitness guide
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