The exercise bug is definitely out in force in January but it can be quite hard to commit financially (and mentally….and physically) to a gym. If surrounding yourself with sweaty, grunting, fitness fanatics isn’t for you, then try one of these gym-free ways to get fit:
1) Play a sport.
For someone who’s lazy like me, finding a sport that you love is the perfect way to get yourself moving. I’m extremely competitive and don’t particularly enjoy the gym because I can’t win at it. I’ve always been fairly sporty, playing netball from a young age, but I didn’t realise how much fun sport could be until I started playing ultimate frisbee. Even niche sports like this are still great exercise so don’t worry if highly competitive, mainstream sports aren’t for you. The great thing about frisbee is that it caters for the sporting novices all the way to the competition craving freaks, like me, so there’s something for everyone. Taking up a sport turns your exercise into a social event, which makes you much more inclined to actually turn up!
2) Walk EVERYWHERE
In a city like Newcastle I’m lucky enough to have almost anything within walking distance. Using your exercise as a form transport gives you a purpose and a motivation. It’ll also save you the money you would have spent on petrol or public transport, and ensure that you’re never late due to pesky road works.
3) Do body weight exercises at home
Body weight exercises are super easy things, like plank and squats, that require no equipment and can be done from the comfort (and privacy) of your own home. Programs can be adapted depending on what your fitness goals are but for starters, you can find some basic moves here.
4) Join a boot camp class
If you’re an early riser then a morning boot camp class is the perfect way to start your day productively and healthily. You could also go in evening (which is what I’d do), but I’ve heard that the hardcore boot camper prefers the 6am starts. Weird. The presence of a trainer gives you guidance and motivation whilst the social, friendly atmosphere means you have a little more reason to drag yourself out of bed.
How do you keep yourself fit? Let me know below!