Fitness is so often focused on gyms, which is of course what they are there for. But if you don’t have the time, budget, accessibility or even the inclination for your local gym, it is not the end of your fitness journey.
Many people suffer with a fear of the gym and so it makes it harder for them to carry out meaningful exercises. Here are 5 ways to keep fit without the gym and actually enjoy exercising:
You have legs, and they cost nothing
This doesn’t mean you need to become a marathon runner, but walking/jogging/running is great for your cardiovascular fitness and it doesn’t cost a penny to go out. Even if you’re not able to run, as long as you can get your heart rate up and lungs working then you’re doing yourself good.
Lack motivation? Grab a friend and keep each other motivated. Or there are local beginner running clubs which are a great way to get started.
You are your own gym
Think of how much you weigh. Would you pick that up in a dumbbell in the gym? Probably not, but you can use that weight to strengthen and tone without a piece of equipment.
Squats, lunges, push ups and plank are basic examples of using your own weight for strength. Or there are so many online sites and videos (ahem, my own included) that will guide you through bodyweight training that you can do at home.
Find your local pool
There are so many council-run centres around and most of these will have a pool you can access for a few quid. Swimming is a great workout for both your cardio fitness and strength, and you can start with just a few lengths and build yourself up.
Alternatively, there are water fitness classes (not to be underestimated) and swim fit lessons too.
Take it outside
I’m sure at some stage in your local area you’ve seen a group fitness or boot camp class going on. These are a great way to exercise locally, in the fresh air with other people in your community…and not a weights room in sight.
Boot camp doesn’t have to be a military man shouting in your face as many of them are for local beginners or groups of friends who have chipped in to share their trainer for an hour.
Find a hobby
Your fitness session doesn’t have to be a structured workout; you could find a sport or hobby that you enjoy instead. Rock climbing, a local 5-a-side club, cheerleading or even just borrowing a friend’s dog for an hour or so are all ideas of how you can get your sweat on without having to plan out your workout.