Improving your fitness for free and enjoy it with these activities. There is plenty of fun and free ways to work out that don’t feel like exercising!
Improving your fitness benefits your health both physically and mentally, and can actually be a lot of fun depending on what you’re doing! Some fun fitness activities can end up costing a bit of money, but that doesn’t mean you can’t change up your fitness routine if you are on a budget. Here are some fun and free ways to improve your fitness.
Online Dance Tutorials
It’s difficult to be sad if you’re dancing! Dancing is a great way to enjoy moving your body, and it’s basically co-ordinated cardio, so it’s great for fitness. You don’t have to pay for a dance class to get the benefits of dancing. There are many online dance tutorials that you can access for free and learn in the comfort of your own home. The best part about online dance tutorials is that if you don’t pick up something straight away, you can simply rewind the video and try that part again! You can even find kid friendly dance tutorials and get your kids to join in for some fun family exercise.
This one by ale Hanagami is great for beginners:
Long walks are great for your health and wellbeing, but walking around your neighborhood can soon get tiresome. Try going for a hike or nature walk in your local area, and you will soon forget you are even exercising. You could even print off a bird watching guide for your local area and turn your walk into a bird spotting game. Best of all, accessing most national parks is completely free.
Ok, so this one isn’t technically free, but once you buy a cheap hula hoop from a toy store or sports store, hula hooping is a great way to burn calories and have fun learning a skill. There are loads of free hula hooping tutorials online, and this one can be done in your backyard or down at your local park, or even inside if it’s raining.
Just like dance, there are a lot of free follow-along yoga classes available on YouTube. You don’t need very much space for yoga, so this activity is perfect if you live in a small apartment or are similarly pressed for space. Basic yoga doesn’t require any equipment either, and by focusing on perfecting the movement and steadying your breath, it won’t feel like exercise.
Geocaching is the world's biggest scavenger hunt, and a great way to have fun while tricking your body into exercising. To participate in geocaching you use a GPS (either a stand-alone device or on your phone) to hide-and-seek containers for other players to find. These containers can be hidden in a number of locations: under public benches, in logs in forests, at train stations, anywhere you can think of! Geocaching is completely free and is a great way to add a sense of adventure to your day, and incidentally burn off calories as you explore.
You can find more about it here
Depending on where you are in the world, you don’t need to pay entry to a pool in order to get the benefits of swimming for exercise. If you live near a beach you can “swim laps” in the ocean, with the bonus that the beach makes for much nicer scenery than the local pool. There are often local lakes and rivers that are safe to swim in as well, and they don’t cost a thing. If you’re the adventurous type, invest in a snorkel and mask and see what’s living in your local seaway. You’ll be entertained by marine life, and increase your fitness by swimming for a long period of time.
Let us know in the comments if you know of any other free ways to get fit and have fun!