Alternate ways of staying fit that don't include the gym

Alternate ways of staying fit that don't include the gym
9 October 2018    Lisa Clark    0 comments
Not all of us are gym junkies…and let’s be honest, it can be pretty daunting walking into a gym with zero idea of how to use the machines, how many reps you should be doing and worrying that with your level of skill at the gym, you might end up on one of those meme pages floating around on Instagram. It’s time to reassess you fitness goals and find a work out that suits you!
But let get some facts straight first:
  • Exercise does not mean “run on a treadmill for four hours and hate every damn second.” Exercise is anything that elevates your heart rate and takes your body outside of its normal comfort zone.
  • Your diet is responsible for 80-90% of your success or failure when it comes to losing weight and getting healthier.  If we could only tell you to fix one thing, your diet or exercising, it would be your diet. Every time.
  • The muscle strength you build up in your 20s can stay with you into old age. The recommended amount to keep serious illnesses at bay is to do doing as little as 30 minutes a day of exercise – not too hard right?
There are plenty of ways to have fun while exercising that don’t include weights or a PT barking orders at you, you just have to find your groove.

Have you thought about the following?

Swimming:

With summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to hit the pool for some laps or finally tick your bucket list item off of learning how to surf. Just 30 mins of swimming can burn up to 704 Calories and just to put this into perspective, a large Big Mac Meal from McDonalds is 1170 Calories... You do the math....  

Boxing:

Not all heroes wear capes and at Skillsroad we are all about it. You can strengthen your muscles and burn those calories while also making sure you can defend yourself if you need to. Sounds like a win/win to us!

Join or start a sporting team:

There’s no I in team, that’s why you have to be a team player, so why not get a group of legends together with similar interests and form your very own team. There are millions of fun group sports that you can jump on board with, there’s football, soccer, netball, baseball, basketball, frisbee… just to name a few. Whatever your skills are, there will be a team sport out there that suits you to a tee.

Running:

Some love it, some loathe it, but there is something incredibly rewarding about going for a run. Put your favourite playlist on and take to the streets for an incredible all over body workout that will have you sweating it out.

It’s easy to get more active in your day to day life just by changing up your routine a little.  Start by taking the stairs instead of the escalator or lift, if you’re stuck at your desk all day then make sure you stand up and move around to get the blood flowing, or if you fancy yourself a sweet dancer then maybe the dance floor is where you’ll burn your calories.  Just to be clear these certainly aren’t the only exercise options you should be doing, but merely add-ons to your new found fitness regime.

Get moving, start to de-stress by doing so and put yourself in the best possible position moving forward in regards to your health and overall wellbeing.

Photo by Jacob Postuma on Unsplash

 
Lisa.jpg Bondi-based freelance journalist, blogger & #girlboss, Lisa Clark, has an acute appreciation for travel, fashion and photography. Through this lifestyle, Lisa creates beautiful and inspiring content across her Instagram @iamlisaclark and her blog www.lisaclark.com.
When she isn't writing for Skillsroad you can find her at the beach with her dog Levi or working on her Social Media Company We Are The Hunted, shooting (and eating) food for her hospitality clients.

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