Let’s discuss how to stay fit without a gym, because, let’s face it, the gym environment is not for everyone.
Besides, as you get older it is important to stay active, and you are not going to achieve this if you have to force yourself to go to the gym. The reasons for not wanting to go to the gym could be due to personal preference of atmosphere, lack of self-confidence, financial constraints, or possibly simply logistical issues such as time or transportation, but fortunately there are a number of ways and means that you can stay in shape and get some exercise without ever stepping into a gym.
Consider the following 5 suggestions that provide a great workout in an alternative setting.
How To Stay Fit Without A Gym
Whether you go to the park closest to you and walk around for 20 minutes, or you take a day trip to whatever state park with hiking trails is most feasible for you, or even if you just take an hour to explore your town or city.
Consider it taking yourself on a tour of your town which likely would result in you either re-discovering the town that you call home or learning things about your city of which you were previously unaware.
Walking and hiking are excellent ways to get some exercise without going to a gym. Anything from a brief stroll to a vigorous hike will most certainly be worth the time and the effort, and you will be happy that you did it.
Get a group of friends together and form a walking group. This way you will always have someone to walk with and having company makes the walk so much more fun.
Donate Your Time/Labor
Volunteering in a community garden, or with a charitable organization such as Habitat for Humanity, or any other activity that is similar will not only get you moving and active without the need to even step onto a treadmill, but the sense of accomplishment and reward that your philanthropic activities will yield will make you feel better both inside and out.
If you love animals, volunteer to take the dogs at your local shelter for a walk.
Your local Chamber of Commerce or YMCA would likely be able to point you in the right direction when it comes to choosing the volunteer activity that is right for you.
Turn Cleaning Into A Workout
Basically most weekly or daily household chores (vacuuming, mopping, general maintenance and cleaning) involve a certain amount of physical activity anyway, so why not turn these tasks that need to be done anyway into a work out of sorts?
Accomplishing this efficient use of your energy is as simple as putting on your work-out clothes and shoes, turning on your favorite work-out music, and just putting a little more energy into your movements as you get your house chores done.
This is a real time saver as you are doing two jobs at the same time – getting fit and cleaning your house.
Take Up A Sport That You Enjoy
Just about every town and certainly every city has adult league teams that play a variety of sports such as softball, soccer, basketball, cricket, etc. Even if you’ve never played a team sport before, there is a good chance that you will find a sport and team that is appropriate for your skill level and physical ability.
And you might be surprised at how much you enjoy your new found activity and the comradery of your team mates, and who knows, may discover a hiden talent which, like volunteering, will not only give you exercise and help you to stay fit but will also improve your mental and emotional health. If you find the right sport and the right team to join, it will most certainly be a win-win situation for you
Participate In An Obstacle Course Or Organized Run/Walk
A fast growing trend in outdoor fitness activities are organized obstacle courses, and there are options for every level of athlete, many of which are also themed which makes them more fun and interesting.
Obstacle courses such as Tough Mudder, Zombie Mud Run, Spartan Race, etc. are just 3 of the multiple options of fun obstacle course races that will certainly give you a work out but won’t make you spend time at the gym.
Otherwise there are always organised runs/walks which are usually manageable of about 5 to 7kms at a time.
So what are you waiting for. How to stay fit with out a gym is not rocket science, so get off your butt and get moving!