The gym can be an incredible asset for weight loss – but that doesn’t mean you need a gym membership to lose weight, get fit and lead a healthy lifestyle. Exercise comes in so many shapes and forms – it really all comes down to getting up and getting active. Whether you like to work out in solitude or prefer going out and socialising with others while you exercise, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Don’t feel like you’re missing out if you haven’t joined a gym! Read on to find out what other activities you can be involved in to get an effective workout done!
RUNNING, JOGGING, DANCING
If you don’t have any equipment accessible to you, don’t worry – you can get an effective cardio and strength workout done without it! Many exercises like running, jogging and dancing only require one thing: you!
Whichever form of cardio you prefer, do it! If you’d rather focus on strength training, you can use your own body weight, take advantage of gravity and perform exercises like push-ups, lunges, squats and planks.
As long as you get your body moving, your heart pumping and break a sweat, you’re taking the right steps to improve your fitness and reach your goal weight.
Swimming and cycling are great ways to exercise without realising it. They’re both activities that can be done on your own or with friends, so depending on if you’re feeling social and have a lot of time on your hands, or you just want to quickly get a workout in by yourself, these are great activities to get your heart pumping.
Visit your local pool and get some laps in or grab your bike and ride out to your favourite place.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a form of cardiovascular exercise that alternates short bursts of intense anaerobic exercise with even shorter recovery periods. The premise of HIIT is to get your heart pumping at 80% – 95% of your maximum heart rate.
HIIT is not only a great way to burn fat quickly, improve aerobic and anaerobic endurance and improve your metabolism, it also requires no equipment whatsoever! These sessions also typically last under 30 minutes, so are great when you’re in a pinch for time.
The trick is not to overdo it and build up the intensity gradually to ensure your body can handle it. Your body will also need recovery time between sessions, so don’t do these workouts on days back to back.
VISIT YOUR LOCAL PARK
Have any parks located nearby? As funny as it sounds, parks (and park equipment”) can be used to get a workout as effective as one you’d get at the gym. You’ll just need to get a little more creative. Monkey bars, park benches, swings and climbing ropes can all be utilised to get a serious training session done. Use park benches to do step ups, swings to do split squats, monkey bars for pull-ups and climbing ropes to test your upper body strength.
If the playground area isn’t free, take advantage of the open space to run laps or bring your exercise mat for strength training using your own body weight (and gravity). The wide, open space and fresh air will be perfect for when you’re getting your sweat on!
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