Seven ways to get active for free this summer

Here's a selection of ways to get fit this summer without spending a penny.

1. Walk everywhere

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get more activity into your day and can be done at anytime, anywhere.

Now the weather is warmer, try fitting a brisk walk into your routine by ditching your car for short journeys or getting off the bus one stop earlier. Plan longer walks at the weekends.

2. Running for beginners

Try 'Couch to 5k', a free plan developed by NHS Choices to help get absolute novices into running. It involves three runs a week with a day of rest in between each and a different plan for each of the nine weeks.

There is also a set of free podcasts to help you achieve your goal. Visit

3. Get on your bike

Cycling to and from work will improve fitness levels, while also saving you money on public transport or petrol.

Under the government's tax-friendly cycle-to-work scheme, you can buy a bike at a reduced price, and have the cost deducted from your salary over a year. Visit

4. Skip to it

Seize the opportunity to rediscover your skipping rope this summer. Skipping brings a range of health benefits, including heart and lung fitness, strong bones, balance and flexibility.

5. Try an outdoor gym

Make your gym routine al fresco over the next few months by taking a trip to one of the many outdoor gyms which have sprung up in parks around the country. Most offer equipment such as parallel bars and balance beams and are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.

Visit The Great Outdoor Gym Company at

6. Swim for free

If the sun is out, jump in the water and burn calories at your local outdoor pool or lido; while some have a small entry charge, many are free. Equally, if you collect Nectar points, you can exchange these for a pass to a local indoor pool. Check at

7. Download the app

Don't spend a fortune on a personal trainer this summer, download a free app instead.

'Myfitnesspal' is an easy-to-use calorie counter app that helps you lose weight in a healthy way. 'Moves' helps you track your daily movement, no matter whether you walked, ran or cycled.

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