Are you one of those people that is keen on losing that fat, but the very idea of stepping into a gym fills you with pure dread?
You’re not alone.
Many people balk at the idea of a gym for a number of reasons:
- They feel legitimately intimidated by having to work out in front of other people
- The noise and smells bother them
- They are easily distracted or bored
- Their exercise routines have become too repetitive
- They lack the external and internal motivation to go
Whatever the reason, it comes down to this: Being a gym rat isn’t for everyone, but losing weight and keeping fit is! How does one go about finding ways to burn calories that don’t really feel like working out? Turns out there are lots of ways to work out without actually picking up a dumbbell or tripping over a Stairmaster.
How to Workout Without a Gym Membership
Submerge the Anxiety with a Swim
Head over to your neighborhood pool or backyard pool and immerse yourself in a 30-minute or one-hour freestyle workout. Seeing as water is 12 times denser than air, it provides sufficient resistance, thereby enabling you to build and tone your muscles. A one-hour slow swim can burn over 400 to 600 calories (depending on your weight) and between 500 to 900 calories with a vigorous one-hour swim.
Clean Out Your House and Your Body
With all the moving, climbing, bending, lifting and twisting you’ll be doing when you clean your house, you can burn as much as 500 calories in a one-hour stretch. Double bonus, right? There’s more. Each activity is it’s own mini-workout routine: mopping, sweeping and washing give your arms a vigorous workout, while walking up and down the stairs can give those leg and glute muscles a fine workout. You can also adjust your cleaning workout routine to make the most of it: like alternating tasks upstairs and downstairs, thereby forcing you to take the stairs more often, or carrying items one at time to encourage more movement during your cleaning routine.
Dance Like Nobody's Watching
If cardio is really not your thing, switch to a freer style of it. Dance. Close the doors. Shut the blinds. Pump up the volume. And then just let rip. Work up a sweat and let the music whip those calories away. Jump, bounce, twerk… the floor is yours. If you feel like you have two left feet, it doesn’t matter - no one’s watching, remember? If you still want coordinated dance movements, try a dance-based game like Dance Dance Revolution. You can burn up to 270 calories with a half-hour jam session.
Walk It Off
Skip the elevator; take the stairs. Taking a phone call? Get off your seat and walk while you talk. Park your car a good block away from your office and take a walk to your office building. Sitting at your desk too long? Get up - at least once every 20 minutes - and walk to your co-worker’s office or to your kitchen to grab a glass of water. You get the idea? Introduce walking into every aspect of your routine wherever you can. More ideally, set up a 30-minute block from your time every day for walking. You can also do them in 10 to 15-minute intervals if you can’t work in a full 30-minute stretch.
Bike Your Way to Fit
If your office is within biking distance, bike to work. You’ll be helping yourself, and the environment, too. An hour on a bike at 14-15 mph can burn as much as 500 to 900 calories. However, if your commute takes you straight into city traffic, then try to set aside time for a brisk bike ride a few times a week; or invest in an exercise bike if you live in the city.
Get Fit Under the Sheets
In addition to being pleasurable, sex comes with a horde of health benefits from lowering your blood pressure to maintaining hormonal balance in your body. And yes, it can also help you burn the fat: a half-hour romp in the sheets can help you burn up to 150 calories and work out your pelvic muscles, too. It also serves as a good aerobic workout, increasing your heart-rate and strengthening your cardiovascular system.
Leave It to Your Dog
Well, not literally. But, having a pet can benefit your fitness and health enormously. In fact, it’s been found that dog owners are more likely to hit their fitness goals than those without dogs. Dogs need regular exercise for their own health, and this necessitates regular walking sessions that are beneficial to both animal and owner. Dog owners have been found to fit in as many as 150 walking minutes per week and also showed lower stress levels and improved social interactions and skills.
Try a New Fitness Activity
LazRfit is a sport that anyone and everyone can do. The best part about it, is that no matter your fitness skill or stamina level, the playing field is near even for all parties playing. At only 12-minutes per game, it’s a sport you can comfortably fit into your busy schedule. If you’re looking for a fitness activity to do by yourself, with a loved one, or with a bunch of friends - lazRfit is the answer. This is one workout that doesn’t hold you to the strict regimented activities of a conventional workout and still manages to torch more than 200 calories per game.
So, there we have it. If going to the gym gives you the heebie-jeebies, you can trade the gym for just about anything from cleaning your house to a furry companion, and still keep your health goals on track.
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