Getting fit is a goal we have all probably had at some point, and many of us try to achieve it by joining a gym. But can you get fit without the gym? To answer this question, let’s first look at why the gym is so often the first solution we think of.
Why Do People Choose Gym Fitness?
- Access to personal trainers prompts safe, effective weight loss.
- Fear of wasting subscription fees act as a motivator.
- Having a variety of equipment means all-round fitness is more achievable.
Whether you want to lose a few pounds or make a complete lifestyle change, achieving your fitness goal can be hard work. Hence fitness fans’ tendency to choose the gym life; they’re looking for a fitness solution that’s both convenient and effective.
What if you can’t afford the gym?
In order to lose weight safely you will need to engage in regular exercise and eat a well-balanced diet. However, we’re here to tell you that you needn’t pay for an expensive gym membership!
There are plenty of free or inexpensive ways to get fit. Obviously, there are the options of an old-school morning jog or home fitness videos, but that’s not all. Visiting your local park and trying out their outdoor fitness equipment is another great way to help you get fit.
What’s more, it’s not all about saving money. Some people may have qualms about gyms and the environment.
How to Get Fit Without the Gym
Our three steps to effective exercise without the gym are as follows:
- Use online resources.
- Focus on fun.
- Enjoy the fresh air.
Let’s take a look in more detail…
Finding Advice Online
One of the main reasons why people choose the gym over a different form of physical activity is because they have access to professional advice.
In an age that is predominantly defined by the internet, you can find almost anything. Whilst this does mean that those looking to get fit may come across unfounded ‘fad’ diets, you can always rely on medical advice to offer some sense.
The NHS runs the “Couch to 5K” programme as an excellent resource for beginners. With the internet in hand, you can have your very own virtual personal trainer that won’t cost you a penny.
Once you’re more in tune with what professional advice looks like, you can make more informed judgements about other online information. There is an abundance of effective workout routines for outdoor fitness equipment, which will help you to achieve your personal goals without the gym.
Making up for Motivation
Self-discipline is key when trying to get fit, particularly when trying to do so without the gym. Therefore, when there’s no subscription fee looming over you, you may lack the urgency to make the necessary effort.
So what can you do to make up for this monetary motivator?
Top tip: public outdoor gyms are free to use and full of equipment focused on fun as well as fitness.
Taking Fitness Outside
You would be forgiven for thinking the very best fitness equipment is exclusive to traditional gyms. For example, workouts on the treadmill, the cross trainer and the chest press are some of the best around.
However, at Sunshine Gym we’re big believers in the benefits of outdoor exercise. Instead of going to the gym and hopping on the treadmill, why not go for a walk or a jog around your local park? You can also reap the same benefits on a Health Walker. This outdoor treadmill alternative avoids the painful impact that jogging can have on your joints.
Many park gyms also offer an outdoor cross trainer and an outdoor chest press to make sure you have plenty of variety when getting fit. With these great alternatives that you can use for free at the local park, why spend hundreds of pounds on expensive gym memberships?
Will you try to get fit without the gym?
It most certainly is possible to get fit without paying for an expensive gym membership. However, this does not mean that you can do it without engaging in any physical activity. By using fun outdoor alternatives to your regular exercise routine, you can find fitness and still avoid the confines of an indoor gym.