5 ways to keep fit without going to the gym.
I enjoy going to my classes at the gym, but sometimes life gets in the way, I don’t find the time to go or the class gets cancelled – the instructor is away, they can’t get cover etc. In cases like these, I’ll try to exercise at home or around my estate.
1. Wii Fit (or other work out video games)
I’ve had a Wii Fit and the Wii Fit balance board for years now and highly recommend them. There are so many different challenges and exercise types to choose from – I like the boxing, step and hula the most but also enjoy the cycling and running aspects. The running is perfect for when it’s too cold or too wet to go for a run outside.
What I like most about the Wii Fit is it tracks your progress and your weight loss.
2. Floor exercises
Use your body weight to work out. I took the plank challenge last year where you start of with a three reps of a 20 second plank and increase the length of time you hold the position each day. The plank can strengthen your core.
3. Use things around the house.
You can also use things around the house to help you excercise – grab a chair for some tricep dips, a tin of beans (if you don’t own weights) for some bicep curls or use a wall for a wall squat (the ball shown in the linked article is optional!).
I’ve also heard of people running up and down the stairs or using the stairs for push-ups, tricep dips etc.
4. Walking or running
Towards the end of Summer and early Autumn last year, I went running with Ryan. We used to run 1.5 miles around our estate then cooled down at home with some strectches (and yoga – for me).
If running isn’t for you or you’ve never run before, you could try the ‘Couch to 5K‘ challenge by the NHS or, walking is always a great way to get more active. Weather permitting, I always go on a walk on my lunch break at work.
5. Try yoga
The Wii Fit (mentioned above) has a great aection on yoga and there are many online tutorials and videos you can use as well. There are daily yoga classes on Yoga.com you can try.
I enjoy yoga, especially after cardio (like running that I mentioned earlier), I find it very relaxing.
How do you keep fit? Do you go to the gym? Excercise at home? Run?
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