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The summer is the time to get out and explore the great outdoors – so why should you spend yours stuck inside a gym? Combine getting fit with enjoying the sunny weather (if it ever comes) and head outdoors.

Not only is this cheaper than paying for a gym membership but it will give you a good dose of much needed fresh air. For ideas on where to work out for free, you could try out the following organised events.


Like to jog but prefer to run with other people? You could sign up to your local Parkrun. This is a free weekly timed 5K held at selected parks across the country. The runs usually take place at 9am on Saturday mornings and could be a great way of getting fit and meeting new people.

Don’t worry if you’re a little out of practise, all abilities are welcome. You don’t even have to run if you don’t want to, you can walk the course. You can bring your kids and even your dogs too!

All you have to do is register and you’ll get a barcode to take to the run with you – this will track your running time. Like what you hear? Check to see whether there are any Parkrun events taking place near you.


If you think you work up more of a sweat in an exercise class, you could sign up to ParkLives for free. This will give you access to a whole range of classes for adults and children held in over 130 outdoor locations.

The events take place across Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Newham in London and Nottingham. You can find your nearest ParkLives class here. Or if you live in London and Bedfordshire, you can try a similar fitness programme called Our Parks.

Once you’ve signed up to ParkLives, you can browse the available classes and book as many as you like. Some of the classes available include yoga, pilates, Zumba and bootcamp. These can be booked up to two months in advance.

As all classes take place outdoors, summer could be the perfect time to try this one out!

Green Gym

The Green Gym is set up by The Conservation Volunteers and promotes exercise that makes a difference by combining conservation projects with health and fitness. So it’s ideal if you’d rather not feel as though you’re working out.

Volunteers warm up and cool down before helping out with a range of different practical activities. These include planting trees, making wildlife ponds and sowing meadows.

There are a number of Green Gyms across the UK – you can find your nearest one here.

Rather work out by yourself or in the comfort of your own home? Check out these 12 exercises that you could try.

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