5 Ways To Get Fit Without Joining a Gym



Excuses seem to come very easily when it comes to taking care of our health. We’re either too skint to join a gym, too busy to go or too tired to exercise. By allowing yourself to continue with the excuses you aren’t doing yourself any favours because, here’s the thing: your health is the most important thing you have. If you don’t take care of your body, you can’t efficiently do anything else. If your body suffers because of nutritional, physical, emotional or mental neglect, the normality of every day life becomes more difficult to deal with. This really hit home for me when my brother was diagnosed with leukaemia. He was super-fit and healthy and so was able to undergo the most aggressive chemotheraphy treatment possible. Unfortunately, his own body fought against him and he lost his battle to cancer, but in being in the best shape possible, he had all available options open to him.

I, on the other hand, knew that at being 5 stone overweight, would not stand a hope in hell. Should I suddenly need to rely on my health and fitness to ascertain which medical options would be available to me, I would not stand a chance. This was my wake-up call to do something about my health and so far I have lost 60lbs. I still have a little way more to go, but this is a great start, I think. And what’s more, I didn’t spend a penny on going to the gym.

Here are five easy ways that you can lose weight, raise your fitness levels and improve your health without an expensive gym membership:


Move more:

I didn’t realise how little I actually moved until I invested in a fitness tracker. Seeing how few steps I took in an ordinary day and how far off my target I was soon had me marching through the house and running up and down the stairs in an almost military fashion in an effort to reach my daily goal. Everyone laughed but guess what? It worked. It got me moving more and I didn’t even have to leave the house.


Be aware:

Be more aware of what you are actually eating and how much you are actually doing. Note: I said the word ‘actually’. Which means recording everything you consume and any activity you do. There are plenty of free apps which help you keep track and calculate calories in versus calories out. You can even record it in a good old-fashioned diary, if you’re not so into tech. Either way, keeping yourself aware helps to keep you accountable. You’ll be amazed at how small mouthfuls result in high calories, whilst small changes to your every day activity create big results.


Create your own workout space:

Regardless of how much space you have in your home, there is always something you can fit in somewhere. It might be a yoga mat that you roll out and tuck away at the end of your workout, one or two pieces of exercise machines, or you might even turn your garage into a home gym of your own.


Stop procrastinating:

Get off the social media channels, switch the TV off, put your phone away and you’ll be surprised at how much time you’ve instantly freed up already. Seriously, make yourself a priority that is higher than you’re favourite soap, that marathon phone call that could wrap up in less than half the time or with what’s going on on Facebook.


Take time for you without the guilt:

It’s easy to beat yourself up about the stuff you should be doing instead but remember, you are taking care of yourself and this is an investment. Time to let that guilt go and put yourself first for a little bit of time each day.

If you are determined to make a lifestyle change for yourself, start now. No more excuses. Remember, everything depends on your health.




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