• 28 April 2020

Get fit for free – parkrun

Have you made a promise to yourself be more active? Lots of us join a gym and plan to get fit, 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.

Explore Kent and Kent Sport have put together a series of blogs on the best ways to get fit for free.  So if you’re up for getting more active, read on, and why not take a look at the whole series of blogs. In this blog, we’re looking at parkrun, the hugely successful movement providing free 5km runs every week across the country.

Have you always wanted to take up running, but lacked the motivation to go out on your own in the cold, in the wet, or in the dark? We all have good intentions regarding our health and fitness, but so often our best laid plans don’t work out because it’s just too hard to get going. Well thankfully, there is a movement sweeping across the UK called parkrun, which is here to help you overcome the barriers to running and get you more active – and it’s been a huge success.

Parkrun offer 5km timed runs every Saturday mornings in areas of open space around the UK. They are open to all, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. More than 90,000 people take part in parkruns across the UK every week, and the events are supported by up to 10,000 volunteers.

Running solo can be a lonely business, but running in a friendly group environment is much more accessible, and makes it much easier to form a lasting running habit. Running outdoors in open green space is also much more fun, and much better for you, than plodding away inside on a treadmill!

There are currently 21 parkruns running weekly across Kent and Medway, alongside 12 junior parkruns for children aged between four and 14. All you need to do is visit the parkrun website at the link below to sign up, print off your barcode and make sure you take it along with you to the parkrun of your choice. Why not try out a few of the parkruns local to you and see which you like the most. Happy running!

Visit the parkrun website to register & find your nearest parkrun

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