Back in January, you probably made that goal: go to the gym on a regular basis. Your hopes were high. But probably around February or March, it became more of a nagging thought in the back of your head than something you were actually doing.
If going to the gym regularly is hard to fit into your schedule, try these 5 tips to stay fit without going to the gym.
1. TAKE THE STAIRS
Elevators are really nice, but they don’t motivate us to move. To increase your heart rate at the beginning and end of your work day, try to use the stairs as much as you can. Even when taking an escalator, you can walk up instead of standing and letting the machine do the work. Walking around the mall? Walk up and down the stairs and zig-zag between the stores to get more steps in.
2. WALK WHEN YOU’RE ON THE PHONE
When you’re on the phone at work or at home, walk in a line back and forth. This will keep you moving during a time when you might just be sitting. Stagnation harms the body. Sitting for too long has been linked to obesity and other health conditions, so try not to sit as much throughout your day. Try to figure out tasks that you can stand and do instead of sitting for hours during your work day.
3. JOIN A NEIGHBORHOOD SPORTS TEAM
Is going to the gym hard for you because you dislike working out alone? You might be a more social person, so try joining a neighborhood sports team. It could be ultimate Frisbee one night a week or a soccer league that participates in regional tournaments. If you need people to give you motivation, a sports team might be an excellent opportunity.
4. WALK OR BIKE TO WORK INSTEAD OF DRIVING
If you have the ability to walk or bike to work instead of drive, take advantage of it. Enjoy the outside before you are stuck in a building in front of a computer. If you have to drive to work, try parking a mile or more away from your building and then walking to work. Look into public transportation, which might require some walking. This will get your heart rate up at the beginning and end of the day.
5. GET A DOG OR WALK SOMEONE ELSE’S DOG
Man’s best friend is a great way to get exercise if you can’t or don’t want to go to the gym. You don’t even need to have your own dog to walk one. If your neighbors have a dog, ask them if you can take it for a walk once per week. Or you can research the local animal shelters to see if they need volunteers to walk dogs throughout the week.