Hi there MoMs – can you please ask other mums for advice on some good (cheaper) alternatives to joining a gym. I’m new to my area and would like to meet some other mums and get some exercise but don’t really want to do the gym. Thanks for your help.


Posted anonymously, 3rd June 2014


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  • bootcamps, walking groups, personal training, internet (looking for exercises)



  • just go walking around the neighbourhood, you may meet some of the people in your area



  • Buying workout equipment cheap from garage sales and gumtree and setting up your own little gym at home then watching workout vids on youtube. Lost 15 kilos this way :)



  • Yeah definitely look into BootCamp in your area. My sister is part of one and she has made lots of friends through it! And it’s usually only $5 to $10 a session.



  • check your local paper for mothers boot camps etc. Im not sure where you are but I have recently moved to a new area and happened to stumble across a mum boot camp run at the local park on weekly and only costs $5 for an hour.



  • Great suggestions here – I’ve enjoyed reading them all as this has been something I’ve been trying to sort out as well. I live in a regional town where we don’t have any Council run fitness centres and the 2 establishments that we do have a very expensive.



  • Place an ad in the paper and start a walking group. Sort out walking paths you can take with prams and set a time and location to meet and then go for it.

    if you have a public swimming pool near by see what exercise classes they might have on offer also.

    Local community center is another great place to check.



  • I hate gyms, and joined a bootcamp, its great, i take my daughter with me, exercise and met other mums. Check your local paper for bootcamps



  • Get the pram out and go for a walk, you will most likely meet people around the street or the corner store getting coffee etc. A smile one day, a hi the next and a week so or so you will be having the coffee together. Also look for council mum fitness groups, walking groups etc.



  • Community health centres often have walking groups or fitness groups you could get involved in or encourage some friends to join you and create your own group – walking or whatever to get you moving. There are some simple exercise/workout websites which might be helpful.



  • I do pt in the Park with other mums. The local council put it together and it is pretty cheap. Some of them are aimed at mums so babies are more than welcome as well. I only just started this and love the trainer cause if the babies are unhappy then she will include them in it



  • Get your friends to join you in walking daily., weekly or whatever suits. Friends and I do it daily, the time goes quickly when you chat as you go, it’s a good chance to catchup too. If you have a WII there are lots of fitness discs available to buy or hire



  • Facebook usually have a local mums group somewhere I have a few in my area no money necessary just nice to get out with other mums and bubs.



  • The local council will do free/low cost groups. Also try Meetup.com – they have local groups of same interests that might have something.



  • Walking groups are becomming popular, or locate local lakes in your area (or start a group up in your area, one day a week or fortnight); I save up old bread every week and go to the local lake, and feed the ducks.


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