Recently I stumbled upon a book at the library titled Move Yourself by Mitchell, Church, and Zucker (2008). This book discusses how to add activity to your daily routine, without joining a gym. This book explains the health benefits by adding even a little exercise to your life. Coincidentally, this month’s Fitness Journal article, Embracing the Joy of Movement (Halvorson, R., 2017), discusses how movement should be fun and relevant to you.
Going to a gym is not for everyone. Show how can you achieve fitness without a gym? Hopefully, after you read this post, you will have some ideas on how to get moving and achieve fitness – gym-free.
Not everyone like the same type of exercise, or even likes exercise. Me, I’m a hiker. Give me fresh air, scenery, and a challenging path, and I’m there. Others like to run, or swim, or bike, or lift weights… You get the idea. If you don’t like to exercise, don’t give up. Find something to get you moving, something you enjoy, and doesn’t require a gym. Below are some ideas.
- Try Pokemon Go
- Join a team
- Take a walking tour of your city
- Sign-up for an obstacle-course race
- Take a hike
- Try a track workout
- Turn chores into a workout (add some music)
- Volunteer for a community service project
- Practice yoga, Pilates, step class at home
- Take a bike ride
- Golf (walk the course)
- Rock climb
- Take the stairs
- Pace while talking on the phone
- Play with your kids at the park
No matter what it is, you don’t need a gym. you can check-out exercise videos from your library and do them at home. Turn on the music and dance in your living room. Take the dog for a walk. Do push-ups, squats, lunges, tricep dips, and crunches at home or at a park.
Find a friend to join you. Friends keep you motivated, make the activity more enjoyable, and provide support. Know someone is waiting for you to go for that walk or run will keep you from blowing off that day’s activity.
I have a home gym for those days I don’t want to endure the weather and to add variety. But most days I venture outside. Fresh air always makes me feel better, even when it’s raining or snowing. It’s also easier for me to put on my shoes and head out the door that to drive some place to exercise.
Whatever you decide to do, don’t make it a chore. Make it something you look forward to and is important to you. The reasons don’t matter. But get moving!