Learn how to get in shape without lightening your wallet

For many people, the thought of getting in shape immediately equates in their mind with going to a gym. But economic situations are not always compatible with a monthly gym membership fee. So if you find yourself in this category, what do you do? Do you simply resign yourself to a lifetime of being out of shape? No way! A gym may have certain advantages, and certain dis-advantages, but a regular gym visit is not necessary to get in shape!

Why go to a gym?

Well, a gym is a location that is solely devoted to the concept of working out, staying active, and getting in shape. What better place to go than somewhere where everyone has the same goal? If you can go to a gym, then you would have access to the top quality exercise equipment and facilities (not to mention some pretty hot guys or girls that stay in shape 🙂 These are all good reasons to go, but in reality they are just icing on the cake and are not necessary to get a quality workout.

So, what are the advantages that a gym has? A gym provides an environment of health, fitness, and motivation. You may ask, motivation? How does a gym motivate you? Well, it does in many ways. It gives you all the proper equipment and the opportunity to start a regular fitness routine. It surrounds you with other people who have reached a good level of fitness and that can inspire you to do the same. Plus, you are paying for the membership so you will be wanting to get your money’s worth. These are all advantages of a gym membership, but they are not necessary to get in shape.

From Gym to Home

By recognizing the advantage of a gym and what makes them useful, you can take those attributes and replicate them at home. A simple weight bench and dumbbell set is usually enough to still maintain a quality weight lifting routine, but outside of that, you really don’t need any equipment to keep exercising. A gym is often used for cardio exercises, and that is especially easy to do without equipment. Cardio exercises are one of the most important things to keep up on. If you had gone to a gym in the past, then you would have had access to a treadmill or another cardio machine. Cardio exercise is a staple of a quality exercise routine because it gets your heart rate accelerated to a healthy level. So what do you do if you don’t have access to a treadmill? Well, if the weather is nice, you have an entire world that can be your treadmill! It may sound intimidating to start running regularly, but the fresh air will do you good and the scenery will keep it interesting. If there is bad weather out, then switch up your routine to include running in place or maybe a stationary bicycle.

Exercises that don’t require a gym

Below are some exercises that you can do without access to a gym.

  • Pilates

Pilates seeks to build endurance, balance, strength, flexibility, and coordination without adding muscle bulk. Pilates is an excellent way to strengthen your ab and back muscles.

  • Yoga

Yoga does not require any equipment, just a floor mat and some time. It will help limber you up and tone your muscles.

  • Cardio Exercises

Cardio exercises help to increase your heart rate so that you burn more energy and calories.

  • Abdominal Exercises

Stomach exercises can be done by just using your abdominal muscles. You don’t need equipment to accomplish this, you just need to make the effort.

Stay active and have fun

One of the best ways to get fit is by staying active and doing those activities that you enjoy and that get you in shape. Whether it be playing sports such as basketball, volleyball, tennis, or whatever fun activity that gets you moving. Some people enjoy a brisk morning jog. You don’t have to reach marathon runner level, but a regular jogging schedule is helpful. Or if you like living life on the edge, you can go extreme and participate in river rafting, canoeing, or even rock climbing. The idea is that getting in shape can be fun and can be the result of just making the time to do the things that you love.

Focus & Motivation

As was mentioned above, a gym can help supply some extra motivation to get fit. By being around people who are already doing that and by having the extra motivation of paying for a gym membership, you will be more inspired and motivated to go the distance. But there are other motivations that you can have by working out at home.

  • You can exercise at home to avoid paying to do it at a gym.
  • You don’t have to go to the hassle of getting your stuff together and having to drive somewhere to exercise.
  • People can be motivating, but they can also be annoying. You won’t have to worry about crowds or conflicts at home.
  • You will have complete privacy

Just because you don’t have access to a gym shouldn’t be reason enough to stop you from exercising and staying in shape. A gym is just a facility that was created to give you everything that you need to get and stay fit. But the reality is that you already have just about everything that you would need to accomplish that goal. It just takes a little motivation and some effort, and you will realize that getting in shape is more a matter of your mind and focus than it is a matter of location and equipment.