Let’s face it, not all of us enjoy going to the gym. It’s something you can learn to love but when you’re first starting to get fit, the gym can seem like such a chore. The good thing is that you don’t need a gym to get into the best shape of your life. Here’s how to get fit when you’re really not keen on the gym.
Play a team sport
I play roller derby and it’s a fantastic way to get fit without really even realizing you’re exercising. Skating burns around 600 calories an hour so a three-hour training session is a great addition to a good diet and plenty of sleep.
Not to mention the fact that I’ve met all sorts of wonderful people who I now exercise with on a regular basis. It’s a great way to make a whole heap of new friends who share the same interests as you.
If you’re not keen on exercise on wheels consider football, netball, boxing or rugby. You’ll meet people, will get to play a sport in a team and you’ll learn all sorts of skills that will help you in your fitness efforts.
Find your favorite celebrity and pick up an exercise DVD. If that’s not your style, simply find something high energy and fun that gets results. A good place to start is Jillian Michaels‘ 30 Day shred. You commit 30 minutes a day to this workout but you’ll lose fat, build strength and feel better.
If the 30 Day Shred is a bit easy for you, try Insanity. This is a 40-60 minute daily workout that isn’t for the faint hearted. You’ll learn to really push yourself and after those two months you’ll see some amazing results.
This is a great way to get some fresh air and some exercise. You might want to go for a day long hike in the woods or you might just start walking to the shops instead of driving.
The beautiful thing about walking is that you can do it without any special equipment and straight from your front door. Put on your favorite music then walk until you’re done, set yourself a goal of four miles and see how quickly you can complete it, or just walk and listen to the sounds around you.
Every time you go out, try and beat your previous time or distance. You won’t get much if the only thing you do is the same 5k run a couple of times every week and always complete it in the same time. In fact, studies have shown that this kind of running (with the same results) can make you fat by increasing cortisol production in your body.
It doesn’t have to be a dance exercise craze like Zumba or Fitsteps, proper dance classes can really help to build strength, flexibility and coordination.
You might do ballroom dancing, street dance or pole dancing. Choose something you are genuinely interested in. Not only will you learn a very cool skills but you’ll make friends in the process.
There’s something for everyone out there be it yoga, BodyPump, Zumba or crossfit. A lot of the time these will take place at your local gym but also look at the events listings for school halls and community centers too.
Online videos and challenges
The internet is a goldmine for exercise videos and challenges. You can find quick high intensity cardio workouts, push-up challenges, hour-long yoga videos and tutorials covering the latest dance routine from your favourite band. A good way to get yourself into regular exercise would be to take on one of the many 30-day challenges out there. I recently did the plank challenge that builds you up to doing a plank for three minutes. It improved my core strength no end!
So, how to get fit without the gym
Anyway you like! There are hundreds of other options if you don’t like going to the gym. Don’t let that stop you, here are just a few examples of what you can do. If you have a look around on this site you’ll obtain dozens of other great and awesome idea’s!
What’s your favorite way to exercise outside of the gym?
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