Christmas is over – and after eating and drinking our way into the New Year, thoughts are quickly turning to our expanding waistlines and shrinking bank balances. But if you’ve already spent this month’s pay cheque in the January sales, the thought of coughing up for a gym membership could be a frightening prospect. But fear not! There are many ways to keep fit without spending a penny in London, and we’re here to tell you how.
Sometimes, getting fit just isn’t enough of an incentive to go for a run. Luckily, GoodGym has developed a way to add an extra dose of motivation to your fitness routines. Organising weekly free runs across various London locations, GoodGym incorporates exercise with supporting local community projects.
From painting local sports centres and tidying up overgrown gardens to just spending some time with the elderly or isolated, every week sees a new challenge paired with some pulse-raising activity to help get you into shape. GoodGym Newham currently meets every Wednesday outside the London Aquatics Centre, so turn up to do good and get fit, for free! Sign up on their website.
Running clubs are a great way to commit to regular exercise, explore your city and meet new people along the way! As the only free running club based in central London, London City Runners is a popular option for fitness buffs on a budget.
They meet three times a week in Bermondsey for runs or circuit training, and outside of training they go for drinks, socials and even curry nights! And don’t worry if you’re not quite up to Mo Farah’s standard as everyone is welcome to join at their own pace. Sign up on their website.
Our Parks run a varied programme of free exercise classes led by experienced, qualified instructors across different parks in London, such as Victory Park in East Village! From Buggy Fit sessions for new mums trying to shake those post-baby pounds to Fitness Boot Camp for an all-over body blitz, there really is something for every level of fitness and ability.
There are no joining fees or class charges, you just need to register on their website, book into your chosen classes (as they are very popular), then turn up and tone up!
If a gym membership is a little out of reach, why not head to one of the many outdoor gyms dotted around open London areas? Equipped with everything from cross trainers to spinning bikes to seated rowers, these outdoor sites have all the equipment needed to get into shape whilst you embrace some fresh air and escape the sweaty sights and smells of a regular gym! To find an outdoor gym near you, visit the TGO website.
This January, the Active People Active Park programme in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is helping people to get fit through a variety of free exercise classes. Every Sunday to Thursday, classes including Capoeira Fitness, Nordic Walking, Elite Fitness and Yoga will be running at the world famous sporting sites in the Olympic Park.
A full listing of all the times and classes can be found here and yes; imagining you are an athlete during London 2012 while you take part is perfectly acceptable.