One of the many things I hear from people is that their schedules make it hard to get to the gym on a regular basis. I believe that you shouldn’t let your fitness fall to the side or stop you from starting on your journey, especially as a parent.
There are plenty of ways you can exercise that do not involve going to the gym. This alleviates the time commuting to and from the gym as well as the cost of a monthly membership.
Here are a few ideas on how you can get your heart up without ever stepping inside a gym.
Cardio is one of the easiest ways to exercise without a gym. The only equipment you need is running shoes and possibly a water bottle. Some people buy their own cardio equipment to have in their home, but it is cheaper to just go outside and get it done.
Stretching is an underrated form of fitness that most people do not do enough of. I really started stretching into my routine over the summer. It’s amazing what you can learn about your body once you start stretching it daily.
You can add stretching time in the morning when you get out of bed or when you are done exercising. Stretching after exercising will reduce muscle tension, improve circulation and give you more range of motion.
A simple dumbbell set in various weights can be purchased at any sporting goods store or big box store like Target or Walmart. Having your own weights allows you to have your own gym at home. You can get all the workouts in like going to the gym, but you never actually have to go.
Dumbbells can be used for bicep curls, tricep extensions, shoulder lateral raises or hold them as you do lunges or squats. You also could drop the weights and do bodyweight exercises.
You really don’t need gym equipment to get a good muscle-building workout in. All you need is a good bodyweight routine. You’d be surprised how easy it is to get your muscles burning.
You’d be surprised how easy it is to get your muscles burning.
You also can take it outdoors. Taking my workouts outdoors in the spring, summer and early fall are some of my best workouts.
Most abdmonimal exercises are designed to be done with no machines or added weights. Planks or plank variations are a great way to strengthen your core with little to no equipment. You also could add crunches, sit ups, leg raises or an ab wheel.
There are so many different yoga routines online that will allow you to do it in the privacy of your own home and whenever you want to. Yoga can be used to increase flexibility, build strength and relax.
Walking is one of the simplest things we can do. You can walk after a meal with your family to make it a family event. You also could get extra steps in by parking farther away than normal.
You can add a walking meeting into your work schedule on a nice day. This will all you to accomplish two things at once.
Elevators are great, but taking the stairs whenever it is possible can make a big difference in your health. You can even walk up and down the stairs in your own home or apartment complex to add a bit of exercise to your daily routine.
It’s the small steps we take that can have the largest impacts on our lives.