Want To Get Fit you Don’t Need To Join A Gym

It is that time of year where gym owners up and down the country rub their hands in glee as swatches of slightly portly people sign direct debit sheets. I have no doubt if you were to check memberships stats for gyms they would be their highest in January. But here’s a question. Do you really need a gym pass?

The cost of looking good

Gym passes are available in a wide range of prices. Some places will charge as little as £15 a month. These facilities will probably be fairly basic and not have a great deal of equipment. However, if you want to feel like you are in one of the Rocky movies these may give you that run down gym vibe you crave.

U.S. Marines deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom exercise in the fitness center on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 28, 2013. The Marines work out to maintain their physical fitness and operational readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena/Released)

At the other end of the spectrum, you have packages that can cost up to £70 a month. These will often be memberships that include perks such as access to saunas, steam rooms, and sunbeds etc. These may sound like fantastic deals but really consider if you will use these extras. Also, bear in mind the time you will use the gym. Most places will have reduced rates if you only want to work-out in the morning.

Free/cheaper alternatives

Of course, you don’t have to pay out your hard earned money. There are a wealth of ways in which you can start to get in shape without lining the pockets of the gym owners. Here are just a handful of suggestions for ways of getting fit that don’t involve a treadmill.


Running is a great stress reliever. You can’t beat the rush of pounding the streets. With your headphones in you can block out the outside world and focus on just “doing you”. If you are looking for more of a social aspect then consider joining a running club. It may sound daunting but good ones will cater to all levels. This is good because it is totally free. If you are considering running as a way of getting fit download the Strava app it is a must for all amateur runners, good for cyclists too actually!

Home workouts

Yes, they run classes at the gym (usually these have an additional cost on top of your membership). However, depending on what you are looking to do you can work out from the comfort of your own home. It has the advantage of you not having to care about how you look! Also, you don’t have to worry about creepy guys perving on you. (Am I right ladies?) There are so many Youtube videos to help with this it is almost a form of exercise just flicking through for one that takes your fancy. The variety is good with everything from HIIT to yoga and toning exercises.

Team sports

If you are the sort of person who bores easily then you might not fancy jogging. In fact, if you are that type of person then the gym probably isn’t for you either. Team sports are great because the focus is on the competition and if you are a member of the right team then there will be a great social aspect as well. Of course, there will be a few fees involved. Usually, you have to pay subs for playing, but the costs are usually a fiver a week, cheaper than the gym.

So gyms are naff?

We are not saying that. Gyms are fab. Especially for weight training and this can be very important depending on what your individual body goals are. Plus they have staff there who you can ask for help and advice and the impact of that can’t be understated. With so much information on the internet it can be dizzying at times.

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