Many people have a hard time making it to the gym to exercise during the week. The current pandemic has made this even more difficult as gyms have been closed or reduced their capacity to allow for more social distancing. If you want to stay on track with your fitness goals, you should have a few different workout options for days when it’s just not possible to get to the gym. Here are a few tips.
Embrace the Outdoors
Outdoor workouts are free and convenient. You also get fresh air and sunlight while you exercise.
The options are endless as well. Running, biking and hiking are all great outdoor workout options that can be done by yourself or with a group of friends.
Many group sports can also be done outdoors, including soccer, basketball, volleyball and flag football. You may also be able to find group exercise classes such as yoga, pilates or fitness boot camps.
Finally, going for a simple walk outside is one of the best exercises you can do. Walking offers numerous health benefits and is easier on your joints than more intense forms of exercise.
Work Out at Home
You can get in a great workout at home even if you don’t have any equipment. Bodyweight exercises such as pushups and squats can be very challenging and don’t take much time or space to do.
If you want to add more variety, you can build a home gym with just a few items, such as:
– Dumbbells or kettlebells
– Exercise bands
– Yoga mat
– Jump rope
If you need some home workout ideas, you can find tons of them on Instagram and YouTube. You don’t have to worry about driving to the gym, and you won’t feel self-conscious trying out new exercises.
Add Exercise to Your Daily Life
You don’t need to be doing a workout in order to be active. You can incorporate more activity by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking or biking to the store instead of driving.
You may also enjoy hobbies that have a physical component, such as gardening. The best part is it won’t even feel like exercise!
Gyms are great, but you don’t need one to exercise or stay healthy. You can exercise consistently with or without a gym, and you may even find you’ll prefer the freedom that comes from being active outside of the gym.
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