There could be many reasons you may not want to work out in the gym. You may travel often and don’t feel it would make any sense to keep a membership at one specific gym. Maybe you prefer the great outdoors and don’t understand why people would cram in somewhere they sweat into each other’s face. You could also be the type who doesn’t feel confident in using all the equipment available. Whatever your reason, it doesn’t mean you cannot get fit or stay active without it.
According to the latest statistic report from NHS 26% of adults are inactive, meaning they do less than 30 min physical activity per week. At the same time obesity levels are at peak. Exercise doesn’t have to mean spending hours in the gym regularly, it can be any physical activity that is out of the ordinary for you. Let’s see 5 ways to keep active without stepping foot in a gym.
1. Working out at home
If you have a free floor space at least the size of a yoga mat, you can exercise at home. There are many bodyweight exercises that don’t need any equipment and you can still get out of breath or feel that your muscles got tired and aid weight loss.
Yoga is one option at hand, you can follow a high intensity interval routine, practice your squats, press-ups and planks. If you have some equipment or a cardio machine at home, you can build yourself a well-rounded workout or sign up for online coaching and I will design you a plan that considers your environment and available kit.
2. Explore the great outdoors
Do you like running or cycling? Put on those trainers or jump into the saddle and hit your favourite scenic route. If you haven’t got big parks or woods available nearby, feel free to explore anything that can give you some extra motivation, a quiet river path or a less popular beach.
According to an international research study spending time outdoors, may that be in a forest, hiking uphill or running laps in a park can have many health benefits, not only from the physiological aspect, but it’s a great way to let go of stress and connect with both nature and people.
3. Visit the park often
Many public parks have built outdoor workout equipment like monkey bars and resistance machines. They often facilitate a running path or have football pitches or basketball and tennis courts available. Go out for a wander, check the local parks and discover what they have to offer. Once you know what you can do in each it’s easier to plan your running route to include a little play too!
4. Join a team
Have you played and enjoyed any sports in school or later in life? If yes or you just want to challenge yourself in a new way, try to find a club near you. May that be football, basketball, netball, beach volleyball or anything else, find out if there are any teams in your area and go for a trial training session.
Once you feel confident in the game and start enjoying the time you spend with others, you will progress faster than you would expect. Exercising in a pack will encourage you to work harder and faster, but at the same time it will feel easier and slower. Time goes by when you’re having fun.
5. Get in the Water
Swimming is a great full Body Routine and also works the heart at both low and high intensity. If you have any problems with deep water or open water swimming, make sure you hire a teacher that will show yo how to control your breathing and your body at the same time.
These are 5 very efficient methods to get fit without the gym. As you can see there are many things you can do and if a specific method doesn’t work for you, just go ahead and try another one until you find something you truly enjoy but also keeps you moving.
Have you got any question? Feel free to message me!
Owner and creator of One Small Step, Joe has been in the health and fitness industry for 8 years and takes an all-round approach to his coaching.