Staying healthy is important; warding off conditions such as heart disease and diabetes are now top of the agenda for many people who want to get fit and live a long and active life.

The first thought for many people is that they will join a gym. However, this is often not the best idea financially as figures show that £37 million is wasted each year on unused gym membership in the UK.

To get fit doesn’t have to cost a great deal of money and it’s more about finding a sport or activity first which you enjoy before committing to spending money on expensive equipment and clothing you may only wear once or twice and then banish to the back of the wardrobe or the spare room.

Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games are to be held in Glasgow in 2014 and between now and in the weeks and months afterwards, there will be a number of taster sessions held for different sports across the UK. Look out for any sessions taking place near you and go along for a free try out that you may not usually have the opportunity to take part in. Who knows – you may find you are a natural and you are competing for a gold medal in a few years’ time.


There are a number of places around the UK where you can try golf for free. World of Golf offer free lessons for beginners and they will even lend you a set of clubs so you don’t need to buy any before you visit. Once you’ve had the chance to practise your swing a few times, a round of golf is £10 or less and there are off-peak times during the week to enjoy the lowest price.

Get fit with the Military

British Military Fitness offer free classes across the UK. They offer outside activities at over 130 venues and they offer a wide range of challenging and fun sporting opportunities. As well as classes throughout the year, they also have fitness holidays you can sign up to if you find you’re really serious about getting healthy with them.

Starting a new and healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to cost hundreds, but if you’re determined to make the changes and don’t have the budget available to buy the basics, don’t waste the spurt of motivation.

Getting healthy takes time, but taking the first step and finding a sport you enjoy is a great stride in the right direction. You’ll soon realise that you don’t have to pump iron in the gym or punish yourself on a treadmill if you don’t want to- even something as simple as walking to work or a weekend stroll in the countryside will mean you’ll lose pounds from your waistline but add pounds to your wallet.