These days working out seems to be super trendy. Work-out routines are popping up all over the Internet, vloggers are becoming health influencers and even workout clothes like bike shorts and hoodies are becoming acceptable, if not coveted, outfits in public. But, the reality of the situation is that working out is not just fashion and fun.
However, our bodies and minds actually need exercise in order to maintain a healthy balance. Although we need to work out regularly, sometimes we’re too busy, or the gym is too far away, or we simply cannot afford an expensive membership. Luckily, there are other inventive ideas to keep your exercise dose in check, and here are five ways of working out if you don’t have access to a gym.
1. Workout Apps
Working out at home has become pretty easy and even fun thanks to the ever-growing popularity of workout apps. Although it might seem silly and vapid, these apps are actually really good as long as you have self-determination and willpower. If you’re a busy mom, a stressed college student, or simply hate going to a crowded gym, an app like this can be your new best friend. The catch?
Most apps won’t even require any equipment at all, and if they do, it’s simply a pair of small weights, some elastic bands, and a yoga mat, all of which are easily accessible and pretty affordable. Some of them don’t even require either of these items at all, creating routines that are solely based upon our bodies and our bodies only. There’s a work out app for everyone out there, some are free and others are paid with a subscription-style, but still, most of these offer either free trials or free tiers with a limited quantity of exercises such as “PEAR”.
Some of the most famous and most beloved apps include “Sweat with Kayla Itsines”, “TRX” and “MackFit”, the trendiest trainer in young Hollywood right now. So go ahead, there’s no excuse. Give the free trials a try, and if none works, there’s always a ton more to try. Once you give these apps a try, you won’t ever go back to the gym. You’ll get all the health benefits of real training from the commodity and privacy of your home!
2. Go Outdoors: Take A Run, Walk Or Hike
What’s the easiest solution to working out without having access to a gym? Heading outdoors! Heading outside makes for a great and entertaining workout, without being confined to a messy, sweaty and crowded place. The benefit of heading outdoors to work out is that anyone can do it, no matter if you live in a house with a nice backyard or a high-rise in the middle of downtown.
You can always head outdoors and move your body! The options are endless. The easiest and most accessible option to almost everyone is walking and running. You can walk and run everywhere no matter where you are, even if that’s the city or the suburbs! Just be mindful of your surroundings and the time of the day when you head out to run.
You can walk a few blocks every day, or you can run a mile or two. You can run in the busy streets of downtown, or you can run in the quiet streets of a suburban neighborhood. There’s no excuse when it comes to walking or running, there’s always a place to do it if you head outside. However, if you feel like escalating things a bit, and you live in an area with a certain geographical elevation, you can go hiking, and this doesn’t mean you gotta be an expert or that you’re gonna go rock climbing.
Everyone can do a hike successfully, so long as you pick the appropriate hike for your level. Hikes are fun, beautiful and usually have stunning views. What a better way of getting your exercise in than being in the lovely outdoors and at no charge!
3. Pick A Routine Online & Replace Equipment With Household Items
The key to a home workout is the wonders of the internet. Nowadays you can easily find any type of workout routine online or on YouTube, which is completely legal and totally fine! All you have to do is decide what type of workout you’d like and which areas of the body you want to tone. After that, all that follows is searching the web and choosing the workout routine or workout channel that best fits your desires, and most importantly your level of experience and intensity.
Yes, this might not be the same as having an actual coach or going to a gym, but the results will be almost the same and in the end, all that matters is that you’re moving your body and keeping yourself healthy. The coolest thing about working out via YouTube channels is that it doesn’t matter if the trainers use equipment like sophisticated weights, bands, and benches, because you can replace all of these things by using household items like big water bottles, heavy books, weighted bags, and kitchen stools.
There’s actually a lot of really good YouTube accounts such as Lumowell, MadFit, and FitnessBlender. It’s all about self-motivation, creativity, and moderation, in order to not hurt yourself or get too carried away.
4. Join Streaming Services
If all you’re lacking is time to drive to the actual gym, but you can actually afford to buy a cycling machine or a treadmill, you’ll be more than fine by working out at home. Lately, there has been a fast increase in the launch of different fitness streaming services that allow you to fully workout out from the comfort of your home and your own personal bicycle or treadmill. All you’ll need is the actual machine, good internet and the subscription to whichever service you decide to use.
Yes, this option might not be as cheap and affordable as all the others, but it’s still better, easier and more practical than heading out to a crowded smelly gym. The most famous fitness streaming company right now is “Peloton”, a spinning steaming service that offers classes straight from the fitness studio itself via a monthly subscription. Similar options include “CorePower Yoga On Demand”, “LEKFit”, “JetSweat” and many others. Have Internet, will workout!
5. The Ready, Set, Sweat Challenge By Self
Simple and straightforward, the Ready, Set, Sweat Challenge by Self is a unique and free opportunity open to all those who would like to exercise from the comforts of home. Mind you, this is not for the faint-hearted. Committing to this challenge is as equally hard and rewarding as going to the gym or hiring a trainer. This challenge offers everything you need from warm-ups and workout calendars to videos and detailed photos.
Here you’ll experience week 1 & 2, and weeks 3 & 4 with detailed step-by-step explanations and guides. If you’d like the same results that professional gyms or trainers offer, this is the most perfect plan B. All you’ll need is great AC, a wide and partially empty room and lots and lots of self-determination. You can do it!