Easy Ways to Be More Active Without Hitting the Gym

May 2, 2019

Today’s post is written by an external author, I wanted to share this one with you as I’ve found it so useful. You know when something just comes at the exact right time? Last night, I had a little bit of a cry because I was finding it so difficult to motivate myself fitness-wise. I read this post and now I feel like it’s a bit more possible to get myself on track. I hope you find it as useful as I have!

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Each day, we are constantly reminded of the importance of being active in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, sometimes life just gets in the way and work; children and other commitments make it hard to be as active as you would like to be. Getting stuck in a sedentary way of life can sneak up on you really quickly. After all, sometimes it’s hard enough to fit all the things that we need to do each day into 24 hours, without adding exercise to your already long to-do list.

If the thought of sweating away on the treadmill in front of a room of strangers fills you with dread, or working out at full pelt in a spinning class is the stuff of your worst nightmares, then you certainly aren’t alone. Let’s face it the gym isn’t for everyone! Luckily, there are loads of ways to get more active without signing up for a gym membership. Read on to find an exercise idea that would suit you, which doesn’t involve setting foot inside a gym:

Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

If you have a fitness tracker of any sort, you will be able to see the evidence for yourself that the little changes that you make to your daily routine really can add up. You’ve probably heard it a thousand times, but small changes such as getting off the bus a stop or two earlier and walking that bit further can help. Trying to walk everywhere that you are able to rather than hopping into the car can make a difference too. Travelling on foot may take a little longer to get where you need to be, but at least you will be on the move rather than stuck feeling frustrated in a traffic jam. Of course, getting out into the fresh air is a great way to boost your mood too.

Running your errands on foot rather than by car also adds a large number of steps on to your day, so even heading out to post a letter can help you up your daily amount of steps. Many people aim to walk 10,000 steps each day, but if you’re not used to walking this much then gradually building up to 10,000 may be a good idea. You can then feel smug when you do start to reach your goal of 10,000 steps each day!

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Have More Fun

Exercise doesn’t have to be boring, and incorporating a few fun activities into your life can help to motivate you to get more active. Trying out activities that you would never usually do can really help to shift your mindset towards being more active. By trying lots of different activities, you are sure to find one that you really like and it may be something you would never have tried in the past.

If you have kids, why not try to involve them in your quest to be more active. Grab some trainers for yourself and cool but comfortable trainers such as Asics Kids for the children and then head off on an adventure. It could be a nature trail, exploring a country park that you’ve never visited before, or even a long walk followed by a picnic – whichever option you choose will be a great way to get active and spend some time together as a family having fun.

If you’re feeling particularly energetic why not try a completely different activity such as horse riding, a visit to a water park, trampolining or ice skating?

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Get Social

Trying to get more exercise on your own can be a lonely business, some people find it much harder to stay motivated and stick to working towards their goals on their own. Having an exercise buddy or joining a group can have lots of benefits. Not only will it help to keep you more motivated to carry on being active, but it’s also a great way to meet new friends too.

Whether you fancy shaking your stuff at a weekly Zumba class or just want to meet up with a friend once a week for a long walk and have a natter along the way, either form of exercise is excellent for being sociable, staying active and having fun at the same time. Alternatively, why not take part in an organised weekly park run each week? You will see the same familiar faces, and will be able to chat afterwards – it’s an ideal way to fit some regular exercise into your weekly schedule without taking up a whole day. The good thing about a park run is that you will be able to run the same route each week, enabling you to keep track of your progress as you improve. Who knows, if you really enjoy it you may decide to join a running club.

If you were a sporty type at school, or even if you weren’t but fancy giving it a go then you may want to join a sports team, both for the chance to be active and to be part of a group. Joining a team is the perfect opportunity to indulge your competitive streak and to commit to being active at a regular time each week. If you feel like giving a team sport a try, why not look out for adult sports teams, such as football, netball and volleyball in your local area.

Sign up for an Event

Signing up for an event that requires some degree of training is a sure-fire way to keep you active. Whether you choose to opt for a sponsored walk or a charity run, you will need to put in some level of regular training beforehand. Events like these are an ideal way to make exercising a habit and part of your routine, as well as raising some money for a good cause at the same time. After all, you are certainly more likely to stick with your training if people are sponsoring you!

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4 responses to “Easy Ways to Be More Active Without Hitting the Gym”

  1. Alice says:

    This has deffo come at the perfect time for you!! It’s so bloody horrible when you’re not enjoying the exercise you’re doing and also not seeing improvement in any form – it just makes you retreat and give up. Running is a sport I have always despised, I just don’t see the fun in it at all. It’s harsh on your ankles, feet and legs, your mouth dries out so quickly and your boobs fly all over the place. Not about that life. However, I love walking, the gym and dance classes! I can’t say I’ve been for a few years due to my illness but I am super excited to get back to it as soon as I strengthen up my core muscles again. I always walk to our local shops or the post office instead of driving and will always take the stairs on my higher energy days as every little helps!
    Alice Xx

    • I know right?! I’m honestly just not an exercise person at all even though I REALLY wish I enjoyed it. These are some great ways to still keep yourself moving. Going on a long walk especially when the weather is nice is pretty fab, you often don’t realise how many steps you’ve actually done! I’d love to get into dancing, I think I’d feel a bit stupid but I’d just have to learn not to care haha xx

  2. Ahh I used to bloody love running but it’s a nightmare with my movement disorder (the quick starts and sudden stops always trigger a wobble for my leg!) and my back as I’ve got a curve in my spine which always gives me jip when I’ve been beating my feet down on the pavement. I love doing some home dance workouts from videos on YouTube – they’ve always got great songs and the variety will have you boogying on down for hours! ❤️❤️

    • I wish I loved running but I just don’t whatsoever. I definitely want to get into dancing, I used to do the workout routine on Just Dance on the Wii but I don’t have it anymore. I might have to hunt down some videos, I’d love to see some of your favourite ones! xx

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