Are you too embarrassed to sign up to a gym ‘coz of all those gym junkies you hear about/see spamming you with gym mirror selfies? Is going to a gym a little too inconvenient for you, despite the fact that you still want to achieve your Summer body goals? Or is your bank flow insufficient to keep up with those gym payments? I feel ya, gym payments seem to be a never-ending vicious cycle of hoping and praying that you have enough cash in your account by the time your membership fee is due. To make your health and fitness journey just a little bit easier, I’ve compiled a list of 11 ways to get fit without the need to sign up for a gym membership.
Start off by setting yourself some (achievable) short-term goals. Make a list of your goals and pin it in a visible place 📃 Stay focused on your goals, as accomplishments will keep you motivated to stay on task and continue to smash out the goals you’ve set. Slowly work yourself up to setting long-term goals regarding your fitness journey and where you see yourself heading.
Develop A Routine
Much like having a routine of going to an actual gym, it’s important to develop and maintain a routine without the involvement of a gym. Sticking to a routine will help to maintain your fitness and health levels, and over time it will become like more of a lifestyle rather than a routine that you may or may not be forcing yourself to do.
Embrace At-Home Workouts
The mega bonus of working out at home is that it’s obviously free and is able to be done using only your body weight and therefore requires minimal equipment. However, if you wish to up-the-ante and use equipment, get yourself either some dumbbells, kettlebells or resistance bands (or all of them) as a great addition to any at-home workout – you could even use household items that have some weight to them!
Or if working out isn’t really your thing, but you still want to get fit, why not try out some yoga! Yoga not only relaxes you, but it’s also a great form of exercise and is useful for strengthening your core, increasing your flexibility and can be used to aid in weight loss. It’s also free and uses minimal equipment 👏👏👏 (There are also plenty of apps that are available to assist – my fave is Daily Yoga!)
There is also a plethora of online content about at-home workouts, ranging from YouTube videos to apps that will help you to expand your workout horizons. So get to Googling and take advantage of all of them.
There are plenty of workout apps that you can download and use to your advantage. There are plenty of free apps available for both Android and iOS users to utilise such as Nike+ Training Club, MyFitnessPal, Aaptiv & Freeletics Bodyweight.
There are also paid workout apps and subscriptions available to you on both Android and iOS devices with varied prices, such as Tammy Hembrow’s Tammy Fit, Kayla Itsines’ app Sweat, bestie duo Steph Smith and Laura Henshaw’s Keep It Cleaner program, as well as apps such as Weight Loss Running PRO.
Treat Chores Like Exercise
Doing chores around the house is a simple way to get moving. I know that no one reallyyyyy enjoys doing housework and chores, right? So why not spice it up a bit – make it fun! By doing things that need to actually be done and adding in some extra movement, you’re burning some extra cals and accomplishing tasks – it’s like killing two birds with one stone.
Explore The Outdoors
Go outside! It’s as easy as it’s sounds… just open the door and take a step and voilà, you’re outside! Who would’ve thought, huh. Anywho, there are so many things that you can do outside that will boost your fitness. Here’s a short list of some activities – a list within a list, if you will:
- Walking: go for a walk around your block or the local park 🚶
- Running: just like you have the option to walk around the block or park, running in these areas is a great way to get outdoors and be active🏃
- Ride your bike: grab a friend and go for a ride along a bike track 🚴
- Hiking: go on a hunt to find the perfect hiking spot and drag someone along with you – the exhaustion will be worth it once you make it to the top! ⛰️
Join a sports team
Joining a sports team, like indoor soccer or netball, is a great way to get some exercise as well as make friends and practice key teamwork skills. Better yet, why not grab some friends and make your own team! ⚽🏀🏐
Ditch The Elevator
Climbing stairs is an intense workout in itself (trust me, I know… I’m puffed out before I reach the top of a flight of stairs 😂) so adding this easy (debatable) step into your daily routine instead of taking the lazy route (a.k.a the elevator) will really benefit you by getting you moving and adding in some extra steps where you’d usually be standing in a confined elevator. Also… why go to a gym to use the stair machine when you can just use *shocker* actual stairs?!
Walk when possible
Live right near a convenience store or shopping centre but still decide to drive? Save petrol AND get a mini workout in by just walking instead. Walking is said to be the most underrated exercise everrrr, but 1) it’s easy and 2) you need to walk from your car anyway so why not boost your daily steps by walking to places within walking distance instead of driving. If you do have a destination that isn’t within walking distance, try parking just that little bit further so you still add in some extra steps instead of parking right near the entrance like you most likely do on the reg.
Venture out to your local swimming pool and take a dip, or just go to the nearest beach and swim in the ocean 🏊 Swimming is a super great way to get fit. It’s the perfect low impact exercise that works the whole body, and it can also be really relaxing and may even have a therapeutic effect. It’s also great ‘cos it doesn’t necessarily feeeel like you’re exercising, but it is most definitely making that body move. Love a good doggy paddle, too 🐶
Focus On What’s On The Inside
There’s a good ol’ saying that goes “you only get out what you put in”, so if you relate that quote to health and fitness it’s basically saying that if you’re fuelling your body with the good stuff and looking after your insides then it’s not only going to reflect in how you feel but also how you look, right??! It’s like a 2-in-1. Feel good on the inside, feel good on the outside. And be sure to eat your greens! 🍏🥒🥗🥑
It goes without saying that you should always stay hydrated, but it really is a crucial element. Struggle with your water intake? Get a cute AF water bottle that will encourage you to drink water and carry it with you everywhere. Drinking water overall helps to maintain the balance of fluids within your body which will aid digestion, boost nutrient absorption, and help regulate your body temp, as well as so many other important components within your body!
Fit AF inspo by Michaela Thornton