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8 Ways to Get Fit Outside of the Gym

Joining a gym can be the perfect way to get or stay fit, but it also can be costly, boring and time consuming, depending on how close you live to your hometown gym. While the gym is perfect for some, for others, they yearn for other ways to get in shape. Good news: there are plenty of other fun ways to incorporate fitness into your life. From joining a sports league to taking the stairs, read below for fresh ideas on spicing up your fitness journey.
1. Get outdoors – For those who yearn to be outdoors and soaking up fresh air, taking their workouts outside and immersing themselves in nature is the perfect way to get motivated. There is an extremely large variety of workouts that can be done outdoors, from taking a walk around the neighborhood, jogging at the park, riding your bike around town, going on a hike, and even finding a calming place with a view for yoga. If you enjoy the water and live close enough to a body of water, your options are expanded even further. Swimming is an excellent way to work a variety of muscles in the body, or try kayaking, white water rafting, even surfing.
2. Start in the kitchen – While repetitive abdominal workouts will give you the six-pack you have been craving, true abs are gained in the kitchen. Diet plays such a key role in your health and fitness. Make sure you are incorporating plenty of protein, vegetables and fruit into your diet. If you struggle with diet, try tracking the food you are consuming with a food journal or an app. The apps are an easy way to view how many calories you have consumed in a day, as well as your weight loss. Apps include some of your favorite foods at both restaurants and the grocery store so you can easily see the nutrition value and make a well-educated decision to eat or not eat certain items. If you are not quite sure where to begin, consider consulting a dietician to help get you started and even help keep you on track. Not only will you be healthier, you will have more energy for those long workouts, and don’t forget your daily intake of water.
3. Technology – Technology is at our fingertips, why not use it to get healthy? There are so many ways to incorporate technology into your life that it is quickly changing the way we work out. Fitness watches track your daily steps, fitness goals, heart rate, sleeping patterns and more. It also can connect you to friends, family members and coworkers and help you keep each other accountable. You can even invite others for fitness challenges, say, walking 10 miles in a week or completing one workout a day for five days straight. Apps allow you to follow workout routines, log your food for the day, provide couch to 5K plans and plenty of other workout routines. With technology so easily available, there is no reason not to use it when getting healthy.
4. Join a team – One of the main ways we stay healthy as kids is by taking part in a sports team, and that doesn’t have to change just because we grow up. Many towns offer recreational leagues for everything from softball to basketball, offering a really fun way to get and stay in shape while making new friends and satisfying the competitive streak in you. Your teammates also will encourage you on those days you just aren’t up to a workout, helping to ensure you stay on track.
5. Get a dog – This might be the cutest way to get in shape. A companion that requires walking every single day, forcing you to get up off the couch, is a great way to add a walk into your daily routine – and life is always better with a dog. On the weekends, you and your new partner can even make trips to the local dog park and spend an afternoon outdoors.
6. Pay attention to daily habits – If you pay close attention to your daily habits and make small changes, you might be shocked how much more fitness you can fit into a single day. When driving to the store, or to work, try parking in the spot furthest from your destination. Those steps will quickly add up. Skip the elevators and take the stairs, and even try ditching your car and biking to work – you’ll be toned up in no time. Americans spend hours upon hours in traffic and commuting to work and hopping on a bicycle instead is an easy way to incorporate fitness into your daily routine if you are limited on time because of work, family and other responsibilities.
7. Move at work – It has been said many times over that sitting for endless hours at work can be detrimental to your health, so it is vital to take action at the office. Even if you are not prepared to get a bouncy ball to sit on at your desk, or switch your desk to a walking treadmill desk, there are small tasks you can complete to help your body move Monday through Friday. Keep a water bottle on you desk at all times, you will find yourself consuming plenty of water without much though. Meal prepping on the weekends will help you eat healthier throughout the week and not keep you from being tempted to eat those sugary treats in the breakroom or visit your favorite fried food restaurant during your lunch break. Get up and move once an hour, even if it is just a quick walk around the office. Even getting up and doing a few stretches and squats will help your body from the strain of sitting in one spot all day long.
8. Workout at home – Nothing quite beats working out in the comfort of your own home. No worries about the fashion of your gym clothes, taking time to commute to the gym, or paying up every month. The options for home workouts are far and wide, even if space and equipment are limited. Enjoy dancing? Try some home Zumba videos, barre fitness, western swing videos, follow some of the top YouTube fitness dancing gurus or just turn the music up loud and get to moving. Try Yoga or Pilates to test your mind and body or add some gym equipment of your own at home for strength training or cardio. HIIT workouts are an excellent way to burn calories, build strength and get that heart rate up and require little to no equipment. Your body has all it needs to do pushups, sit ups, squats, lunges, wall sits and more. Your activity doesn’t have to be dull and mundane, there are plenty of exciting ways to liven up your workouts.In today’s busy society, finding time to go to the gym can be a strain on both our time and pocket book. However, looking for ways to get fit that are fun or making small changes to our daily routine at work and home can have a lasting impact on both our health and fitness level. Finding what works for you can require some trial and error, so consider exploring some ideas outside of the gym if you are struggling with your fitness journey.

Alessandra.Kessler

Alessandra is the mother of two daughters, ages 13 and 23. Natural medicine and a holistic living have been an focus of her life for many years. She has been studying with The Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach, and is a big part of the wellness community. She is an big fan of yoga, practices meditation, and is presently a nutrition and healthy lifestyle mentor for adults.

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