Some people think there’s nothing better than working up a sweat in the gym, or going for a brisk jog no matter the weather. Some people would rather be anywhere else! If it takes bribery and threats to get you into the gym, then the chances are that you’re in the latter category. That’s not to say that you don’t want to get fit. Instead, you can think of far better ways to spend your time than sweating in a room full of muscle-bound health addicts. If the idea of going to the gym makes you want to cry, but you’re interested in getting healthier, you might find that these exercise options are the solution you’re looking for.
Going for a walk
Learning how to walk is one the first things to tick off when it comes to growing up, and the chances are that you’ve got that skill sussed. Walking remains the number one way to get fit, and that’s not a surprise considering that it requires no special equipment, you can do it at your own pace, and (most importantly) you don’t need a gym. If you fancy incorporating a bit of walking into your daily routine, it’s worth investing in a quality Fitbit that can count your steps. Experts suggest that 10,000 steps a day is the ideal target, and that’s a lot easier to achieve than you might think. Those 10,000 steps amount to around 3,500 calories burned, and that can mean regular weight loss of a pound a week! That’s an achievable and productive goal, and all without stepping foot in a gym.
Hitting a birdie
There’s a reason why golf is such a popular activity around the world. It can be a challenging game to perfect, meaning that even small improvements can give you a lot of satisfaction. More importantly, it’s also a great way to get outside and exercise without even realising that you’re burning those all-important calories. Burning anywhere between 400 and 700 calories every nine holes (depending on whether you’re carrying your golf bag or using a cart), it’s perfect for those that want to avoid the gym. Invest in some quality golf clubs for a better game, and you can get practising your drive straight away.
Getting fit with a partner
If you and your partner want to get healthy together, but the idea of working up a sweat in the gym is an instant turn-off, then you have some great options to choose from. One of the most fun and enjoyable is to take up some form of couples dance class. Ballroom dancing is an activity that is fast becoming one of the more popular fitness activities for couples, and it’s a great way to bond together. You could even get good enough to dazzle with your skills at family events! Ideal for improving your balance and your coordination, an hour of ballroom dancing is the perfect way to strengthen your relationship while building up a sweat.
Some people enjoy the strict environment of the gym, but it’s a personal nightmare for many. If you want to avoid the spandex and repetition of the torture devices in a gym environment, then it might be time to start looking at some of the options that are just as good for you but are much more fun.