Who says you need a gym to get in great shape? The prevalence of gym memberships is a relatively recent phenomenon.They used to be the domain of the boxer rather than the chair bound office worker. Yet there have always been people in great shape without going to a gym. You can easily get in shape without leaving your home or neighborhood.
You don’t need a lot of equipment or time to dramatically change your body and fitness level. Even if you’re not thriving financially, you can still build a body you can be proud of. Your doctor will be thrilled, too.
Use these strategies to get in the best shape of your life without stepping into a gym:
- Calisthenics. Your body
weight is 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. A few hundred pushups each day will do wonders
for your upper body without needing a gym.
- Set up a simple program and try to do just a little more each week. You can make great progress if you’re consistent. A few hundred pushups each day will do wonders for your upper body without needing a gym.
- Skipping rope. A skipping
rope is inexpensive and a great form of exercise. 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. Skipping rope is great for your coordination,
too. Jump rope with a family member for double the fun.
- 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 just remember to social distance.
- Exercise videos. Streaming TV
services and the internet have countless exercise programs you can watch
and join in the 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. 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.
- Find and follow a diet that works for you. Exercise is only part of the answer to getting in great shape.
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 though in the current climate your diet might have
to take a back seat depending on what’s left on the supermarket shelves.
- You simply can’t out-exercise a
poor diet unless you’re a 20-year-old wide receiver.
- You simply can’t out-exercise a poor diet unless you’re a 20-year-old wide receiver.
- Hike. Hiking can be more
challenging than walking. You can also spend some time in nature, too.
Hiking can also be a great family activity if you don’t feel like getting
in shape alone and as long as you social distance. 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 and social gatherings, like park runs, are out of bounds for the forseeable so save lives and improve yours by working out at home. A few calisthenics and a quick run 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, too, and you’ll be amazed by your progress.