If you want to enhance your fitness, joining a gym probably seems like the obvious option. While there are a variety of reasons to belong to a gym, a gym membership isn’t essential to getting fit. It’s certainly not the only path to improve your fitness – nor is it necessarily the most efficient or cost-effective option. If you’re tired of hearing grunts at the gym and wondering how many sets a person has left, check out our easy fitness tips. These tips don’t require gym memberships, so they may even help you stay within your budget!
Who says you need fancy equipment to do cardio? Start your day by going outside for a run! It’s easy to find a nearby fitness trail or park, and it may soon become your favorite “go to” spot for a heart pumping run.
Incorporating different types of cardiovascular workouts instead of sticking to the same routine every day is ideal because it’s less likely you’ll get bored. If your goal is to lose weight, there are different variations of cardio you can do, including LISS (Low-Intensity Steady State) or HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training).
Morning Home Workout
A morning workout can be a great way to tackle your day head on, but then again, it’s easier said than done. Exercise is a great way to lose and manage body weight, but working out also comes with additional benefits. Your body releases endorphins, a type of neurotransmitter that makes you feel happy and relaxed – what better way to start your morning?
If your schedule is often jam-packed after work, the best time to squeeze in a workout is in the morning. An equipment-free circuit workout that combines both strength and cardio is the perfect way to set your day on the right track. We’ve put together a simple, yet challenging 12-minute workout you can try out:
Switch Up Your Work Commute
Changing your commute can have a substantial impact on your overall health. If you can manage to squeeze in the extra time, try biking to the office a few days a week or walking to a different bus stop. You can also seize opportunities to be more active throughout the day by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away from the office or utilizing your lunch time to go on a long walk.
Workout While Doing Housework
Get creative with your housework and turn it into a mini workout. Vacuuming, mopping, and sweeping for 15 minutes alone burns around 90 calories! Incorporating exercises like lunges, squats and push-ups in between certain household cleaning chores can add on to calories burned. For example, when you’re vacuuming, instead of walking along behind the vacuum cleaner, do lunges.
As you can see, there are different ways to exercise without joining a gym. Hopefully these tips inspire you to workout no matter where you are! If you are looking for even more ways to stay fit and healthy – check out our Flexibility & Mobility blog.