Fitness on a Budget: Free Ways to Work Out in Glasgow
If all this sunshine has sparked a tiny fear of sporting slightly tinier clothes than normal, then you definitely aren’t alone. Keeping up an exercise routine in a busy schedule is tricky enough, but throw a budget into the mix and you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s nearly impossible. Luckily, Glasgow has a few options for those who can’t splash out on a gym membership, and if the weather stays like this then popping out for a bit of exercise will start to feel like more of a joy than a chore. Sort of. One day.
1. Park Run
If you like the idea of running but aren’t sure where to get started, then a parkrun could be the motivation you’ve been looking for. They are free, weekly runs of 5km, and running as part of a crowd is a much more social way to work out! More competitive runners will enjoy the free timings – perfect for shaving time off your personal best and seeing the progress over the months. They take place on Saturday mornings (with a dedicated junior run on Sunday) at Pollok, Tollcross, Springburn, Victoria and Drumchapel parks.
2. Para fitness
If you’re feeling up for a challenge, then this is the keep-fit for you. There is no minimum fitness level, but we’d wager that you’ll feel you’ve had a work out afterwards, no matter how fit you currently are. Sessions take place at 63 Houldsworth Street, and all you need to do is turn up in your gym kit.
3. Outdoor Gyms
Glasgow now has 8 outdoor gyms, including the latest additions at Bellahouston Park, Elder Park, Househill Park and Alexandra Park. If you’re not sure how to get started, then why not get a friend and incorporate a visit to the gym into a run/walk? You can find a ‘how to‘ guide here, or try youtube tutorials to give you a better idea of how to use them (most are American versions but they use a lot of the same equipment that you’d find here).
There has never been a better time to get fit for free in the great outdoors. The Park Lives program has a wide variety of fun activities running in Glasgow’s parks, and most are free or cost very little. As well as the chance to try something new (Yoga, dancing or golf, anyone?) they also offer special classes for families to keep fit together. Try something new this summer!
5. CityPark Fitness – Free Access Every Weekend in July
The kind folks at CityPark are offering free access and classes every weekend, so there’s still a few days to take advantage of this great deal.
Walking is easy in principle, but sometimes it takes a bit more purpose to get out and actually get going! If you want to get started slowly, then why not take part in Glasgow’s Good Move Walks? Walking as part of a group makes the whole thing more enjoyable, and may even give you route ideas to take on by yourself if you fancy trying a jog. Plus, it’s suitable for the whole family, as the leaders encourage everyone to go at their own pace.