Confession. For about 2 to 3 years while living in Boston I didn’t belong to a gym. Anyone living in a city can relate I’m sure. Gym memberships are just too darn expensive! Especially when you have a rent to pay that claims half of your pay check.
There is good news though. You don’t need a gym! I worked my way towards feeling the best I have in my life, without one. Let me tell you how to stay fit without a gym membership…because I did it myself!
Go For A Run: The best thing about running is all you need are your two legs! Okay and I guess some shoes and gear. The key to keep running fun and effective is to change it up or work your way towards a goal. Some days do hills, other days to interval sprints. Change up the route, or sign up for a 5k. Running outside is one of my favorite ways to get my sweat on!
Drop-In Yoga Classes: I was lucky to find a studio in Boston that had cheap drop in classes (only $10). If you can’t find a studio with cheap rates like this, look for community classes which only ask for a small donation.
Work Out At Home: For about a year I would do Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred videos (they are available on YouTube for free). I still love them, and actually just did one tonight for the first time in a while! They are only 30 minutes long but incorporate strength training and cardio. Just make sure you have a set of dumbbells ( a great gift idea)! I also just discovered Melissa Bender’s site that has short workout videos you can do at home! Check it out!
Use The Park as Your Gym: I had a big park in my back yard when living in Boston. It was a great place to work out in the mornings. I usually would look up Crossfit workouts that didn’t require any weights. Think lunges, burpees, sprints, squats, etc. I also recently found a great website called BodeeFit that sends you a daily workout that you can do at home.
Go For a Hike: Find a trail near you. Ask around or use Alltrails.com.
Now that I look at this list myself, I might be re-thinking my gym membership! The world is our play ground and there are so many ways to stay active without expensive equipment or machines.
How do you stay fit outside of the gym?