Many people work out and work up a sweat in the gym, but for some, it’s just not their thing. Maybe they don’t like to work out with other people or maybe they can’t afford a membership at the moment.
Whatever the case may be, you should read on! In this article, you’ll find advice on how to work out without going to the gym and get that fitness fix your body needs.
Get a home gym
Making a small home gym is easy and can work for anyone. At home, you have the freedom to work out in your own time and without any judgment from others who may be at the gym with you.
You do not need a lot of equipment either; even three or four pieces are enough to get started on working out:
- dumbbells: Start off by having adjustable ones as they’re easier to store than solid weights.
- yoga mat: This provides cushioning between hard surfaces like wooden floors and your body during workouts such as crunches as well as protecting your knees on the ground.
- stability ball: This engages more muscles than workout equipment such as a bench would and can be used for seated workouts like crunches or push-ups.
- bands: You attach these to stationary objects in your home so you have resistance when doing workout routines such as squats or lunges
This way you’ll be able to work out every day in your own home without having to work out in the gym. It will even turn out to be cheaper in the long run.
Use apps as a personal trainer
Apps can be a useful tool when it comes to working out at home. They can work as a personal trainer, allowing you all the benefits of having one without paying for them or any added costs.
As well as this, apps are quick and easy to use on your smartphone device, making them ideal when wanting an effective workout but don’t have much time!
The app allows you to set goals that fit around what YOU want from your workouts and you track everything calorie-related through the day which is displayed via graphs so you can see progressions throughout each week/month etc.
It gives useful advice on workout regimes and presents a great way to track your progressions and see how much you have improved.
The best thing is that they are either cheap or free, and they cover every type of exercise from weight loss to martial arts. Almost all of them can be found at the Play Store and they are all easy to use.
It will be like having a personal trainer right inside your pocket.
Take up yoga
A great exercise you don’t need a gym for is yoga. It’s an excellent workout that not only strengthens your muscles but also stretches you and improves flexibility too.
Not to mention yoga has many other benefits such as improving mental health, increasing self-awareness, helping with depression/anxiety or stress plus it’s a great workout for those who are injured!
Yoga can be done in the comfort of home and if you don’t have enough time or money then there are plenty of free classes around where you live so no excuses because all levels (including beginners) are welcome.
Find friends to work out with!
Working out is more fun when you have company. Just like work, it gets much easier when you work with other people.
Find friends to work out with. Someone who has similar goals and interests as you do is ideal, but work out with anyone that will keep your attention focused on the task at hand: a good workout!
Workout buddies can help push each other past their limits during workouts because they have someone reliable by their side.
They are not alone in this endeavor or left unsupervised. Plus, it’s always nice working out next to another person rather than being all alone while staring into nothingness for an hour straight.
Consider street workout
A street workout is a workout that you can do anywhere. This workout includes bodyweight exercises, such as push-ups and pull-ups. It also involves calisthenics like squats or dips which work your legs, as well as crunches to work up the core.
Since all these moves are using just your own body weight for resistance, street workout means no gym equipment required!
Take up a recreational sport
Playing sports for fun can work out a lot of the same muscle groups as those used in gym workouts, but it’s also a great way to get social.
Many recreational sports are team-based and can be played with friends who already work out at the gym.
If you want to work out on your own terms, pick up hockey or volleyball since they’re both very easy to learn by watching others play first.
As you can see, there are many alternatives to the gym. If you don’t like to do them alone, call friends to work out together or play a team sport.
Make sure to still have a trainer by using apps, and create a home gym or go to the street and start pumping. If you’re in for calmer exercises try out yoga or other grounded sports. Good luck and have fun!