Have you made a resolution to be more active? Lots of us join a gym and promise to get fit at the start of a new year, but after a few months we lose interest. There is another way! You don’t need to spend a fortune on gym memberships – you can get fit and have fun by doing loads of free outdoor activities across the county.
As part of our #GoOutside campaign, Explore Kent and Kent Sport are sharing 10 ways to get fit for free this year. So if you’re up for getting more active, read on, and be sure to check back throughout January for more great tips. Today we’re looking at Green Gyms, the fun and free groups that combine improving fitness with building green spaces for local communities to enjoy.
The first Green Gym was set up by The Conservation Volunteers, a community volunteering charity, in 1998. Since then the idea has grown and there are now close to 100 groups across the UK, most run independently by local people.
Volunteers are guided through a range of outdoor activities suitable for all fitness levels and abilities, such as planting trees, sowing meadows and establishing wildlife ponds. The emphasis is on health and fitness and the group take part together in a warm up and cool down.
Green Gyms enhance both physical and mental health and, as well as improving their fitness, the sessions are a great way for participants to meet new people and learn new skills. The conservation work also provides a lasting impact, transforming local areas, protecting the environment and providing green spaces for communities to enjoy.