How to get fit without a gym

According to Diabetes UK, by 2025, it is estimated that five million people will have diabetes in the UK. Improving your fitness is one of the ways to prevent diabetes and heart disease so why not start getting active now.

For many people, joining a gym simply isn't an option. Whether it's because you have a busy home life and cannot fit it around the kids, or you simply can't afford it. There are other ways you can get fit without even leaving the house.



If you have a trampoline in the garden, don’t just leave it for the kids to enjoy, jump on and bounce your way fit. The health benefits of exercising on a trampoline include improved sense of balance, muscle strengthening, improved circulation and improved co-ordination skills.

Pole dancing


Not only is pole dancing a great way of getting fit, it’s also a great way to socialise with friends and have fun. Take a pole dancing class with friends or why not buy your own pole and practice at home. It is good for your heart and blood flow, but it also burns calories and improves self-confidence.
There are great video tutorials on YouTube that you can follow once you have brought your own pole. Buy from Ann Summers and earn cashback on your purchase.

Hula hooping

Hula hoop

Hula hoops (and we don’t mean the crisp variety) are a great way of toning abdominal muscles. The chances are, if you have children, you will have one of these already but if not, they’re pretty cheap to buy and a great way of having fun with your children whilst exercising at the same time.

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Exercise games


Forget exercise DVD’s, try exercise games instead. Not only are they a great way of getting fit, but games like Just Dance and Wii Fit are a family friendly activity that will get the whole family moving whilst also spending quality time together.

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Make your own weights


You don’t need an expensive set of dumbbells to lift weights. Water bottles or tins of beans are great for lighter weights but if you want to increase the weight, fill a water bottle with rice, pebbles or dried beans. With your very own made weight, follow different weight lifting tutorials online.

Ditch the car


Leaving the car at home and walking instead when you are making short trips will soon increase you fitness, especially if you regularly make short trips. Not only will you become more fit, but walking will also save you money as well as being environmentally friendly too!



Believe it or not, housework is a great way to burn the calories and improve your fitness. Just doing one hour of sweeping can burn around 240 calories. It’s a great upper and lower body workout that will not only leave your floors gleaming but will have you fitter in no time.

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