Because humans are designed to move and be physically active and few lifestyles these days accommodate either, we need regular exercise. But who started the rumor that you need a gym?
You just need to know how to exercise without a gym.
Long before anyone thought of the idea of gym memberships, people were exercising and staying in great shape. You can do the same today.
You can avoid the fees, travel time, and other inconveniences and get in shape without leaving your home or neighborhood.
You simply don’t need to rely on a lot of exercise equipment for terrific results when it comes to changing your body, your weight, or your fitness level.
Even without investing a lot of, or any for that matter, you can build the body of your dreams and maintain the best health.
Use these strategies to exercise and get in the best shape of your life without stepping into a gym:
Bodyweight exercises can provide all the resistance you need to get in great shape. Remember gym class back in the day? You would do push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and other calisthenics.
There are plenty of exercise examples online. Set up a simple program and try to do just a little more each week. You can make great progress if you’re consistent. Whether you are a man or woman, doing pushups every day will do wonders for your upper body without needing a gym membership.
And when it comes to strengthening your entire core and body, the root of all your efforts should be planks. Planks are the simplest of exercises with the most powerful results. Most people just starting out can only hold the position for short intervals, but as the see the changes are motivated to do them longer and more often.
✪ Jump Rope
A jump rope is about as inexpensive as cardio equipment comes, but is a great form of exercise that’s fun to do. You can get your calves, heart, and lungs in amazing shape. Take it easy at first until you get back in the swing of things. Jumping rope is great for your coordination, too.
Jump rope with a friend for double the fun. If you have children, getting them involved with regular exercise early sets them up to love the physical activity we all need at an early age.
✪ Run, Walk, Bike
Running and walking are free. If you already have a bike, biking is free, too. These can be great cardiovascular exercises which enhance your health in numerous ways.
Face it: there’s no more natural workout routine than either running or walking, and it cost nothing. Of course you can invest as little or as much as you like in shoes, and maybe even an armband for running, but you can do either without a phone or shoes.
✪ Exercise Videos
Cable TV and internet have brought us all countless exercise programs with a world of varieties to choose from that make working out at home easy and fun. Whether you like aerobics, bootcamp style workouts, or Pilates, there are endless options for learning and following along. Most of the options are 100% free, too.
Yoga is another option you can do in the comfort of your home or at the park. Again, there are many videos available on the topic. A morning routine of following along with a yoga program on TV can change your life.
Like all the other ways to live without a gym membership, you can learn and practice yoga with absolutely no expense. Many people start out with a book from the local book store and find they enjoy the benefits so much that they wind up joining local yoga classes.
✪ Eating Healthy
Exercise is only part of the answer to getting in great shape. Mindful eating and your diet plays a huge part, too. It can be challenging to find an eating plan that you enjoy that is also healthy. Keep working on it until you find something that clicks.
You simply can’t out-exercise a poor diet unless you’re a 20-year-old wide receiver.
Hiking can be more challenging than walking. You can also spend some time in nature, too. Hiking can also be a great group activity if you don’t feel like getting in shape alone. All you need is some suitable footwear for the terrain.
✪ Drink water
Water is another important component of getting into good shape. Your body is predominantly water, and your cells need water to work properly. Calorie-free and healthy aren’t necessarily the same thing. There’s more and more evidence that artificial sweeteners contribute to overeating and type 2 diabetes. Your gut flora is also negatively impacted by artificial sweeteners. So, stick with water!
Gyms can be expensive and inconvenient and as you see, you can plenty of exercise with them. There are plenty of ways to get a workout at home or even under your desk without a membership. A few calisthenics, a quick run, or pedaling a few miles are all anyone needs. This is the basic method the military uses to whip recruits into shape quickly. If it can work for the army, it can work for you, too!
Get your diet under control and start exercising right where you are before you decide on a gym membership to get fit and maybe save some money.