Hi all! I hope your weekend has been everything you wanted it to be!! We had such a nice and relaxing weekend. Today has been full of workouts, meal prep, weekly prep, and planning as we jump into a busy rest of our month. Something so important to my hubby and I is fitting in workouts, no matter how busy our schedules get. Although our routine is the gym, its good to switch it up sometimes too! When it comes to starting a fitness regime, you can often dread the idea of going to the gym. It can be daunting for a lot of people, and if you can relate to that, I promise you are not alone! The good news is, you don’t need a gym to get fit. With exercises, you can do outdoors at your own pace, or even at home, you won’t ever need to worry about a gym membership again if that is something you are not in to. Read on for some great ways you can stay fit and avoid the gym. Even if you are a gym person like me, consider some of the below exercises for variety… results are ALL about variety 😉 I know I say that all of the time but that is only because I believe it so much!
- 1) Buy a bike
Cycling is a fantastic way to lose weight, improve your health and get you outside. The benefits of cycling are endless, and because it’s easier on your joints, it’s suitable for almost everyone. You can enjoy seeing more of your local area, as well as improving your fitness levels and losing weight. It can help lessen the effects of depression and anxiety, as well as helping to decrease stress levels. Cycling is also helpful for saving money, as you’ll be less likely to use your car as often. Keeping fit and saving money sounds good to us.
- 2) Invest in a home gym
A home gym is a great idea to keep fit without leaving the house. I know for some busy parents, getting to the gym just too much and not a good fit for your family. You can start off little and build it up, depending on how much room you have. If space is an issue, you can read more about the best folding treadmills so you can easily store your gym gear away. If you want to create the dream home gym, then firstly you need to consider your budget and the amount of space you want to dedicate to it. Then you need to decide what equipment you want in the gym. The basics such as a barbell and plate set, a bench, and a punchbag are great ways to start it off. You can then move on to spin bikes or any other equipment you want to try. If you really want that gym experience in the comfort of your own home, then add mirrors so you can watch your form. Also, ensure you use proper gym flooring to minimize noise and help your equipment last longer.
- 3) Go swimming
Swimming is a fantastic way to keep fit and tone up. This is something I wish I did!! Doing lengths in the pool works most of the muscle groups, and burns calories too. If you are new to swimming, most pools offer lessons so that you can learn the best techniques. There are also other classes to consider such as aqua aerobics or aqua jogging.
- 4) Dance the pounds away
If you want a fun way to exercise, then dancing could be what you need. It is suitable for all age groups and abilities – all you need is a positive attitude. You’ll enjoy dancing away to great music, and you won’t even notice that you are exercising. It also helps to improve balance and coordination, so you’ll soon master the moves.
- 5) Buy an exercise DVD
If you feel a little self-conscious to go to the gym, then purchase a fitness DVD. There are so many different ones out there that you can target any area of your body. You can also do anything from cardio to yoga, so you are sure to find something that suits you. The best thing is it can be done in the comfort of your living room, and you can take breaks when you need to.
- 6) Try rollerblading or skating
Both of these offer an excellent way to tone up your legs and have fun while losing weight. You have to concentrate to stay balanced, which helps improve the muscles in your buttocks. You’ll soon notice how great your legs are looking after a few sessions. It’s also something that you can do with the kids or even your family dog if you are really good 😉
- 7) Have a goal
Always have a goal in mind! Short term or long term, either way, having a goal in mind for yourself helps keep us motivated. My current short term goals is to stay as active as possible throughout my pregnancy, all while keeping our little girl’s safety first! If you sign up for an event, such as a cycling tournament or 5k run, then you’ll be more likely to stay motivated. This can be useful if you know you can lack the motivation to keep fit. It helps keep you going on the days when you want to stay in bed. If you are looking to get in shape for a holiday, you can even try the old method of sticking a photo of yourself in great shape to the fridge to remind yourself why you’re sticking to your regime.
- 8) Keep it simple
Sometimes, it can be tempting to throw yourself into a new routine. This can often lead to burnout or feel less motivated when you don’t get the quick results you wanted. It can help to start off simple. Things like push-ups, calf raises, and crunches are all great ways to help tone your body, and combined with walking make for a great beginners routine. You can find some great circuit ideas to kickstart your workout regime.
- 9) Watch your diet
If you are putting in hard work with your fitness, it makes sense that you do the same with your diet as well. Make sure that you are eating the right foods, and cutting back on junk food and unhealthy snacks. This will help you lose weight quicker, and will pair with all of the hard work you are doing with your fitness to provide the results you are working towards.
- 10) Always consult a health professional first
Don’t try a new exercise regime before consulting your doctor first. They will know of any medical issues you have, and also anything that may make certain workouts harder. They can also recommend exercises that will work for you, as well as nutritional advice.
- 11) Find a workout buddy
If you want to stay on track, then getting a friend to come along with you can work wonders. You’ll be depending on each other, so there’ll be no excuses. I workout my best when my husband and I are able to workout together, having someone else with you just seems to push you harder.
- 12) Have fun with it
Exercise shouldn’t feel like a chore; you should enjoy doing it! Finding the exercises that make you feel better are key to achieving results as you’ll be more likely to stick to them. It also helps when you have a workout plan that doesn’t involve the gym as you’ll find it harder to make excuses not to keep fit.
Have a great evening and start to your week everyone!! Thanks for stopping by today!