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Five ways to exercise outside of the gym

Updated: Sep 13

Physical activity should have a place in your routine just as much as brunch. However, if you are one of the many people that do not like going to the gym does not mean you are limited to regular exercise. Creating an exercise plan that you enjoy is one of the best ways to stay consistent and motivated in your fitness goals. The covid-19 lockdown taught us that places like a gym is not needed to still have an effective workout. Here are five ways to exercise outside of the gym.

1. Walk/Hike

You can never go wrong with a walk. And in recent years many people, particularly women, are using walking as their main source of Cardiovascular activity. You may think you need you need to walk for hours a day to get the same affect as running, but it’s quite the opposite. Walking for 30 minutes a day can burn over 200 calories and is great for managing stress, mental health, and very little impact on your joints. It’s a great way to catch up on podcasts, audiobooks, or even your favorite playlist and take a walk around your neighborhood, park, or trail.

If you want something with a little more of a challenge, consider visiting your local hiking trails. Many hiking trails will have small hills and slightly more rugged terrain so you will get an amazing lower body workout. Many cities have local hiking groups if you want to meet other hikers or are very likely to find other people on the same trail so the chances of you being completely alone is unlikely. Just make sure to take an adequate amount of water, wear sunscreen and appropriate shoes. Hiking will be more vigorous than walking so preparation is key.

2. Cycle Bikes

A cycle bike gives you all the benefits of bike riding but can be done in the comfort of your own home. Companies like Peloton had a massive surge during the covid-19 lockdown when people were encouraged to stay home. Cycle bikes you have interactive classes with trained instructors, amazing playlists, and an amazing community of fellow cycle riders. Peloton also offers other classes like Yoga, kickboxing, and meditation to fit all your fitness needs.

3. Rock Climbing

For those who are feeling adventurous, rock climbing is a great way to get a full body strength training workout. Don’t think you need to immediately find an outside rock to climb, there are plenty of indoor places that have walls to begin your rock-climbing interests. The walls can range from 10-15 feet tall and is a safer alternative and great way to properly learn the mechanics of wall climbing.

4. Workouts in the park

You will be surprised at how many amazing things take place in your local park. Most places like Los Angeles will have low-cost or free workouts in the park. Yoga is usually the most popular exercise available. Workouts in the park is a great way to meet new people and follow up your workout with an energizing smoothie.

5. Swimming

Swimming is one of the best full body workouts you can do. It is fun and can be done in a group or solo setting. Even if you cannot swim, local swim classes are offered at your local YMCA or aquatic center if you do not have access to a pool in your residence.

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