How To Get Fit Without Going To The Gym

A lot of people associate getting fit with joining a gym, but often, this isn’t the preferred approach for most people as it isn’t aligned with their true needs; either they are so time starved they’re barely able to make it to the gym or perhaps they feel a little intimidated by all other other people that have been exercising for months, if not years. This tends to result in gym membership cards being put into a draw somewhere and not used, which is not only a financial hit to take, it’s also a huge hit to your self esteem.

This is perhaps why home fitness is such a booming trend and why concepts such as Your House Fitness which offers in-home personal training is so popular given the convenience of having a trainer come to you, and fit around your schedule, rather than you having to fit around a fixed gym timetable and have the hassle of driving to the gym.

Home fitness has been around for decades, with the likes of Jane Fonda instructing aerobics in our living room yet in recent times it has expanded to numerous areas from holistic wellbeing such as yoga, pilates and yogalates to the more hardcore interval based tabata training workouts.

Essentially, we all want to embrace a healthier lifestyle but it can sometimes be hard to find the motivation to commit.  This is where a personal trainer comes in, or perhaps a small group class that invokes your competitive spirit. 

That said, we are living in an on-demand culture where even the world’s leader in fitness classes, Les Mills, is venturing into the digital space by offering on-demand workouts of its popular classes such as Body Pump and Body Combat.

If you like the sound of getting without without hauling yourself to the gym then, in addition to looking into getting a personal trainer visit your home once or twice a week, you might want to consider the following:

 

  1. Cycling

You may prefer to go exploring in the great outdoors, but many of us prefer the idea of cycling in front of the TV in the comfort, convenience and privacy of your own home. Now that Spring is in the air, there’s no need to limit yourself to indoor cycling, as cycling is a great way to get fresh air and see the countryside. The main benefit of exercising in this way is that it will work the majority of major muscle groups and is relatively low-impact, meaning it won’t negatively affect your joints as much as high impact sports like running and aerobics.

  1. Boxing

This is a fantastic way to keep fit with a partner, or on your own if you replace the boxing pads for a punching bag.Not only is it a great way to boost your cardiovascular fitness, it’s also an incredibly effective way to de-stress and blow off steam.

  1. On Demand Classes

We talked previously about the growing trend in on-demand fitness classes that follow a similar model to Netflix; the great thing with these classes are that they fit around your schedule, unlike a gym, where you have to fit around its timetable and you don’t have to feel so embarrassed about being the person at the back not really knowing the moves.  It’s a great way to build up your fitness and competency before braving a real life exercise class.

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