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Exercise for free!

Exercise for free
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Who said exercise had to be done at the gym?

The Department of Health recommend 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity to keep the nation healthy and fit. If more people engage in this, it can reduce chronic illnesses and preventable diseases such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

How can you exercise for free? Exercising does not have to mean the gym! Try walking, running, cycling or playing a sport in your local neighbourhood, park or even your back garden!

The NHS have suggestions on how you could keep fit and healthy without spending money. You could try:

  • Running and Jogging outside: This doesn't mean you have to train to run a marathon, but you could try interval training by running for a few minutes, or to the next lamppost and then alternating this with jogging. This way you can keep your heart rate high
  • Cycling: Trips under a mile can easily be cycled to. Try popping to the shops or to your friend's house on your bike. It will help reduce costs of driving the car unnecessarily.
  • Dancing: Put on your favourite CD and dance! You can even do this alone.

Raining? You can also exercise at home with minimal equipment or with things around your home! Check out the NHS Choice's website for tips and guidance.

Published: Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:39


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