Ever felt like you need to start paying attention to your body but don’t feel like going to the gym too? Let’s face it: Gyms are expensive and downright overrated.
You may choose to join a gym and then pay for its monthly or yearly membership too, but we all know the truth, that at some point of time you will stop going and your money shall as well have gone down the drain.
But in today’s world where we have numerous amount of junk and unhealthy food available to us, it is extremely important to stay fit too. So, what do we do in such a situation? Do these 5 activities and you would be fit as a nut without paying for the gym:
I know it sounds pretty lame but trust me, walking is one of the easiest and pretty straightforward way to stay fit. I am not asking you to walk when it’s pouring heavy rain or burn yourself under the scorching sun, but make sure you always choose walking when going to short distances.
You can walk at night before dinner or in the morning before getting ready for office or college, for half an hour or an hour. You can walk to grocery or your friend’s place who lives nearby or your office too if it’s as close as mine (Mine is just 1.5 km away). Choose walking wherever you can and avoid using any means of transport for short distances.
This is beneficial in more than one way as it will give you some peace of mind and you get to observe your surroundings without participating in it too. Walking is fun and easy and added with music, it comes up to be the perfect fitness routine for burning those extra calories and quite accessible too.
Another way to stay fit which is pretty simple and cost free is cycling. If you own a cycle, then hop on to it and use it to travel everywhere. You can take your cycle to school, stores, theatres, etc. and the list goes on.
Not only is this an effective way to exercise, it is cost free too. You join gym and cycle there during cardio, so why not actually cycle in the open air and get your chores done too? You can cycle on weekends for picnic with your friends and family too and make it a more fun experience. Sounds fitting, doesn’t it?
A lot of you might enjoy travelling and camping through the jungles or mountains. Well, you can head off on weekends for a one-day trek or two-day camping trips to sate your wanderlust and what’s more, you stay fit too.
Hiking is perhaps another one of the most obvious way to stay fit while not burning your back in a gym. You can trek through the forest and enjoy the nature around you, get to breathe in the fresh air or climb up the mountains and increase your exercise routine just by a notch. Anyway, it’s better to hike or trek through the nature than spending hours in an enclosed A.C room, don’t you think so?
This is probably the easiest and the most fun of all the ways to stay fit. Choose your favorite outdoor game and convince a few friends or colleagues to play during free weekends and holidays. Let it be any game: Cricket, Football, Badminton, etc., all games requires a lot of energy and helps in burning lots of unwanted fats and calories.
It also helps in developing your muscles and concentration power. Basically, it’s a win-win situation. You burn your fat while enjoying yourself, seems like the perfect combination to me.
Do Household Chores
I know all of us dread cleaning the house and other house related chores, but this is in fact one of the best ways to stay fit. Our grandparents were quite fit and healthy but gyming wasn’t so popular during their time, so what did they do? Well, they did the household work.
They washed their cars, mowed the lawn, cleaned the house, etc. and in turn stayed fit and healthy. Doing household chores helps in burning a lot of calories and is good for strengthening your muscles too.
An average is said to burn every minute, a minimum of 5-6 calories for dusting and 6 calories for washing your car. So if you work only 1-2 hours every week, you can burn around 480-720 calories per week which comes to around minimum 25k calories a year.
So basically, you can lose 7-10 pounds in a year just by doing households chores once or twice every week. That sounds like a lottery to me, so why don’t you go ahead and try it?