The most obvious way to keep fit for free and lower your blood pressure, is to walk. Not just down the road and back, however, but everywhere you can.

Aside from taking leisurely strolls in the evenings and at the weekends, you could fit walking into your daily routine by ditching the car for short journeys and walking part – or all if it’s not too far – of your journey to work.

If you commute by train or bus into work, you could get off one stop early and walk the remaining part of the journey.

According to the NHS, research shows people who fit moderate activity like walking into their daily life actually burn more energy than those who visit the gym every week.

“Walking is one of the easiest ways to get more activity into your day, lose weight and become healthier,” the NHS said.


An alternative to walking, is cycling. If it’s too far for you to walk to work you could try cycling instead.

What’s more, it will also save you money on petrol or public transport costs.

If you still work too far away to cycle, you could cycle just for fun at the weekends.

Climbing stairs

Climbing the stairs instead of taking the lift or escalators is another easy way to keep more active.

You could also climb up and down your own staircase at home.

According to the NHS, stair climbing burns more calories per minute than jogging and is good for keeping your bones strong and keeping your heart fit.

Home workout

There are various fitness routines and exercises you can do at home, without the need for any equipment.

The NHS offers home exercise and workout advice on its website, and there are also lots of videos available on YouTube coaching you through exercises you can do at home.

Outdoor gyms

There are various outdoor gyms you can use, all of which are free.

Trim trails are fitness trails made up of simple pieces of exercise equipment, such as parallel bars, leapfrog blocks, inclined press-ups and balance beams.

You can find them in parks, recreation areas and alongside cycle routes.


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