With personal trainers on hand and a range of equipment to use, there are many benefits to be gained from working out at the gym. That being said, some of us just don’t enjoy going to the gym, whilst others look for a little more variety to keep exercise interesting. Here I go through a few alternatives to gym workouts, plus I explain the unique benefits of my suggestions. You can take your pick of what you want to do and when but, most importantly, have fun as you do it!
Many sporting activities come with a bit of a price tag – there are often monthly subscriptions to dish out and various bits of equipment you must buy – therefore, the activities listed above offer a free alternative.
When running or cycling you don’t necessarily need to stick to local parks and roads either. These activities allow us to explore new places - simply pack your kit and head out, either on public transport or in your car, to wherever takes your fancy.
My advice: Outdoor exercise classes are growing in popularity as they are often free and offer a range of activities including yoga, buggy exercises, run classes and boot camps. If you live in the UK you can visit www.ourparks.org.uk to find out if there is an outdoor exercise class in your area.
Take up a ball sport
What are the benefits?
As you run, leap and stretch your way through these various ball sports it can aid many aspects of your health.
These activities are classed as cardio workouts as they help to get the heart rate up. When done consistently this reduces the risk of heart attacks, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Cardio workouts don’t just benefit the heart, though, as they help to burn fat and calories too. Alongside maintaining a healthy diet filled with wholegrain foods, carbohydrates and fresh fruit and vegetables, this is important when trying to lose weight.
My Top Tip:
If you are feeling a little tired after your workout, or your muscles are achy and tense, then try our Balance Mineral Drink.
With magnesium, zinc, calcium, vitamin D and potassium, this drink supports normal mucle function and helps to reduce tiredess and fatigue.
New activities are also very stimulating so, if you ever feel like you are stuck in a rut, or that you are bored, exercise can help to liven things up. Exercise improves mood too, which should boost your overall feeling of wellbeing.
My advice: Trying a new sport may be a bit daunting but through an introductory course or, at the very least, a few lessons, you’ll receive the guidance and confidence to get going.
Get fit at home
Try push ups in television ad breaks
Use resistance bands
What are the benefits?
Doing exercise at home means you can easily fit it around things that you would be doing anyway. Does the garden need a clear up? Well, spend an hour digging and tidying rather than a half-hearted half hour pulling weeds. Don’t want to miss your favourite soap? Well, do a few sit ups or stretches in the add breaks. There are so many ways to keep active throughout your daily activities.
These days more and more of us are living a sedentary lifestyle where we spend lots of time sitting down. This can have quite a negative impact on our health, putting us more at risk of issues such as high blood pressure, poor circulation, muscle pain and stiffness, and swelling. Working in activities like gardening and push ups into your free time (as well as all the other things I’ve mentioned in this blog!) will help to prevent you living a sedentary lifestyle.