In America, statistics reveal “67% of memberships” at gyms “go unused”. Although lifting is extremely popular and fitness influencers promote post-gym selfies, quite a few health enthusiasts don’t find sanctuary inside walls clothed with sweat, bacteria and bodies flexing. Getting in shape without a gym is possible, and for me I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Exercise without gym
From my experience, some fitness fanatics judge others who say they love fitness but refuse to become a gym-goer. Positive quotes splatter across Instagram feeds, usually encouraging health as a package. There’s a specific, squat booty and muscle physique praised by the fitness community.
While I celebrate the body and admire women who make the effort to achieve this goal, it’s never been my personal ideal. I try to ignore what’s trending on social-media and focus on reaching above my limits in an environment I enjoy.
Benefits of not working out at a gym:
- No pressure to look a certain way or wear makeup
- No gym membership fees
- You don’t have to share equipment (unless you exercise at parks with gym equipment)
- No one can watch you – freedom to look stupid as you practice
- Less hassle – water, snacks and shower etc are ready for you at home
Choosing how to get in shape without a gym
The above points are beneficial depending on exercise. If you attend dance classes for example, packing a bag with water and snacks seems probable. Technology provides numerous online instructors and workout apps, podcasts etc, which are either free or require a small payment. If you don’t like gyms, there’s endless options elsewhere.
Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak spoke to publication Insider, and shared that walking is an effective method to remove fat covering muscles. It “burns a higher percentage of calories from fat sources” than running and other forms of cardio. I walk with my dog for an hour everyday and enjoy running with my sister on the weekend – providing there’s no rain.
In addition, I exercise with Shaun T workout DVD’s (I love Insanity Max), YouTube videos – click here to see my favourite, Total Crunch exercise machine, resistant bands and a couple of weights. I usually follow my mood and try to choose something different each day. Cosmopolitan has listed the best online exercise classes whilst The Independent has named the best fitness apps and training programmes.
Figuring out the right routine
Mentioned in the beginning, I’m not entirely aiming for a specific look. Getting in shape without a gym may not be suitable if you’re aspiring for an aesthetic ideal in a set amount of time. An option is to begin working out at home with an online trainer who’s qualified to give advice you can then maintain.
Working out from home caters to your flexibility. You can use YouTube to exercise for free, or you can pay to join a YouTube instructor’s club and receive extra support. Likewise, with buying equipment, you can start small and gradually build up a home gym you feel comfortable using. I think people avoid gyms because they feel overwhelmed with the variety of machines available.
It took plenty of practice and focus on my diet to realise my perfect routine. If I spend a few days eating processed food and sugary items, I tend to feel bloated and sluggish. This is when I’ll put on a yoga video and do more cardio. I find it helps me get back on track. The main point is to experiment and challenge yourself to try new things.
Tips to improve motivation
Exercising at home does require discipline and self-motivation. It’s easier to make excuses when you’re completely at ease. Shaun T has shared a number of tips to stay motivated. An example includes joining a group. Perhaps a social-media one involving health and fitness. Shops such as Lululemon have running clubs and yoga classes on several days throughout the week.
Ultimately, to get in shape without a gym, you have to acquire a level of knowledge (researching correct form and diet), remain disciplined and continually push yourself. I suggest following trained experts because plenty of people advise on fitness without experience. If you’re interested in learning more about my specific routine, read: Get Fit From Home: Here’s How.
Do you like getting in shape without a gym? If so, how do you prefer to exercise?