No Gym, No Problem
If you’re reading this, then you’re probably very frustrated because you want to go to the gym but you can't seem to make it work for your schedule or lifestyle. Your time is valuable and you’ve got to account for commuting to-and-from the gym, plus the workout itself. It could be that your boss has you working long hours, or you’re going crazy juggling to find time between school, work and spending time with your family.
If time isn’t the issue, then other obstacles come up. Like if you’re a new mommy and you don't have anyone to take care of your baby (even if the gym has babysitting, you just don't trust it - I feel you girl). Or it could be that maybe you just don't like the vibe at the gym and all the sweaty germs just gross you out. Trust me, I know that not everyone is a gymaholic like myself. That’s ok. Not every person in this world is an athlete training for a competition or challenge.
I am here to tell you that you can workout without going to the gym. As a certified personal trainer, my goal is to find what works best for my clients so that they can succeed in living a healthier life. Sometimes that includes not being able to go to the gym. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Will you be able to become a massive bodybuilder? Probably not, but it’s my understanding that most ladies don't care for that look anyways.
Whether you want to live a happier, healthier life, or you just want to get “toned”, this post is for you.
**This post is not for those that who want to enter in any sort of competition of any sorts.
All right ladies and gents, without further ado, here are my top tips to getting a workout in without stepping foot into a gym:
1. Take your dog for a walk.
Start with 15 minutes and increase it 5 minutes every week until you reach an hour. This is a great way to get two things done at once: you’re taking your dog outside for fresh air and also getting your own workout in. Not to mention that if you have a super hyper dog, this will tire them out.
2. Take your kids to the park.
This is a good one. There are so many fun things that you can do with your kids at the park, that also incorporate some fun exercises.
Compete with your kids to see who can do the most squats and lunges
Do some push-ups and step-ups against a bench.
Pull-ups and ab crunches on the monkey bars crunches.
And just plain old running around and being silly with your kid is sure to burn off some calories!
3. Blast some music and have your own dance party.
My sister actually did this one when she was a teenager and lost tons of weight. She would play her favorite music and just start dancing! It doesn't matter what you’re doing as long as you’re moving. Just feel the music and let it guide you. Don't worry if you’re not the next Julianne Hough because no one is watching.
4. Do house chores.
My very first YOUTUBE video that I ever made was about working out while doing house chores. You can check it out here. It was super fun to film and offers a bunch of great tips.
5. Take the stairs.
Don't be lazy by taking the elevator. Instead take the stairs. You can skip every other step to make it a bit more interesting or, if they’re wide enough, try jump squats up the stairs.
As you can see, there are definitely ways to stay active without stepping foot into the gym. The best part is that you can include family members to join along. Let me know in the comments below if you found these tips helpful, and I’d love to hear if you have discovered any of your own ways to stay active outside the gym as well!
Talk to you soon!