There are many people in the world who hate the gym. Whether it’s a problem of intimidation, lack of budget or it’s simply too far out of the way it can be the last place on earth you want to go. However, a disliking for the gym doesn’t mean you have to give up on the dream of getting fit!
If you’re just starting out, there is a world of options available to help you bypass the gym, but still get fit. Here are a few fun and easy ways to include exercise in your everyday life:
1. Walk More
A quick and easy way to introduce more exercise into your life without the effort of the gym is to walk more. Even as little as thirty minutes a day can help you to burn calories, improve leg muscles and decrease the risk of heart disease!
Best of all, you don’t even have to take time out of your day to make walking happen. You can fit more steps into your normal schedule. A quick walk over lunch, walking to work instead of taking the bus and so on. Sooner than you think you may discover the benefits that these seemingly minimal extra steps bring to your fitness! It is also excellent for the money conscious, as nothing could be cheaper than walking.
2. …Or Run
Do you prefer your scenery to be passing you by in a blur? Then running might be the better option for you.
You don’t need to pay for the honour of using a treadmill when there is a world of sidewalks for you to traverse, not to mention a number of dedicated running trails. From the quick to the exhausting, whether you prefer sprinting or endurance running a quick Google search will no doubt unearth the perfect route for you.
As long as you have a sturdy pair of trainers, gym joggers and breathable top then the running tracks are your oyster.
3. Stair Exercise
Do you want to get fit, but can’t bear to leave the house to do so? Rather than fork out a lot of money on expensive home gym equipment, you can instead choose to a number of home exercises. This can also remove some typical exercise excuses from your vocabulary – particularly, it’s too wet/windy/sunny to exercise.
Stairs can be your best friend when it comes to beginning these home exercises. Alongside simple routines such as squats, press ups and star jumps you may be surprised by the effect these simple exercises can have on your fitness.
If you need a touch more motivation, then try a fitness DVD. Not only will you have the steps demonstrated to you, but the ‘star’ of the show will no doubt be throwing out a number of motivational words to help you keep going. These can be found in many bargain stores, or online retail sites like Amazon if you’re searching for a particular workout.
4. Walk the Dog
A large percentage of people consider their walks with their furry companions to be their main form of exercise. Considering the fact that you can get pretty far, all the while enjoying the happy companionship of your four-legged best friend it’s not hard to see why. Not only is a daily walk with your dog integral to their health, but it can be the motivation you need to get out and about every day.
It’s so easy to put off going to the gym. ‘I don’t have time today’ can be one of the most convenient excuses when it comes to gym phobia. However, a walk with your dog is something you can commit to as an essential part of your schedule. No matter how busy your days are, then, you will always have a form of exercise ingrained in your routine.
Another home activity which can be a great way to get fit is the act of gardening. Making the world around you beautiful can have an aesthetic benefit, but it can also mean your fitness grows even as your flowers do. A perfect way to increase your flexibility, burn calories and even relieve some of the stress that builds up in your everyday life.
This won’t build up a huge amount of muscle, unless you’re planning to move a forest with your bare hands, but is perfect for those with decreased mobility or similar. It is a fun, continuous, exercise which can be as strenuous or as light as your needs require.
Whether you’re gym phobic or just want to introduce more activity into your day to day, there are plenty of ways to get fit whilst bypassing the gym. Remember to take the stairs next time, or simply do a few jumping jacks as you wait for your food to finish cooking, every little helps!