Health and Lifestyle for the over 50s

6 Ways to Get Fit Without Going to the Gym

Posted by The Best of Health
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Are you looking to stay fit but dread going to the gym? Remember, there are plenty of ways to get fit without the use of gym facilities. Here are a few forms of exercise that you might find a little more enjoyable.

1) Join a Sports or Activity Club
If there’s a particular sport or similar activity you enjoy, why not look for a local club you can join? You don’t have to opt for something too strenuous. You could join a golf club, a bowling team, a cycling club, or a dance class – to name a few. Making a game out of exercising is one of the best ways to stay motivated.

2) Take a Walking Tour of Your City
Your town or city might be full of historic areas and interesting sights to see. Exploring them on foot gives you the opportunity to keep your mind stimulated while getting some beneficial gentle exercise. You may even be able to sign up for an organised walking tour, during which you’ll most likely learn a few new things from your tour guide.

3) Take a Hike
Exercising in the same places each week can leave you feeling a little bored with your workout regime. Going on a hike is a way to break away from your normal routine and enjoy some scenery. It’s also likely to give you a much bigger sense of accomplishment than an afternoon spent at the gym.

4) Take Advantage of Online Discounts
There are a lot of special offers to be found online, including discounts for all kinds of fun activities, from yoga classes to sailing lessons. Taking advantage of these discounts will allow you to try new things without overspending and add an extra bit of variety into your exercise routine. Groupon, Eversave and BuyWithMe all offer some great deals.

5) Exercise While Watching TV
If you watch a lot of television, you’re likely to spend too much time sitting. But there’s no reason you can’t exercise without missing your favourite TV show. Try doing some squats, push-ups or a little jogging on the spot while watching your programmes. You could even move exercise equipment, such as a treadmill or exercise bike, in front of the TV. Keeping active for the length of a programme is a nice way to time your activity, while taking your mind off the potential tedium of exercise.

6) Turn Chores Into a Workout
This may not be the most fun way to get some exercise, but it helpfully kills two birds with one stone. Certain household chores have real calorie-burning potential, such as vacuuming or scrubbing the bath. Put on some upbeat music and try to exert enough effort to get your heartbeat pumping a little faster. If you fancy a challenge, you can do squats or push-ups every time a new song starts to play.

These are just a few of the things you can do to stay active without setting foot in a gym. There are many ways to get active – simply choose one that’s right for you. Do things you’ll enjoy or that will fit nicely into your existing routine.

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