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How many times have you thought about joining the gym, but then let it past just because you can’t afford a gym membership? Well, you’re not alone. There are hundreds of others like you. Gym memberships are expensive. Even those who can afford to pay for one, keep putting it off because there are other things in life that are more important – prioritising, you know.
So, does that mean that just because you don’t earn enough – sometimes even after working multiple jobs – you can’t stay fit and active?
You find out alternate ways to keep fit and bring some movement into the sedentary lifestyle that we’ve all gotten accustomed to. There are a number of ways you can stay fit for less and outdoor workouts are just one of them.
What do they cost? Nothing!
Here’s what you can do:
It’s simple, it’s cheap, and it’s effective. Just pick a trail; it could be any – in the park, near the countryside – wherever you feel comfortable. All you need is a good pair of running shoes and a water bottle. Running makes up for a comprehensive and intense full-body workout. It will have your heart pumping and your fat burning in no time. Plus, it’s a great way to maintain your fitness levels.
Have a volleyball or basketball court near your place? That’s your outdoor HIIT training gym (sort of). Head out to the court, you’ll have to work out what time would be best – early mornings are always win – the court isn’t crowded, the sun isn’t scorching, and your metabolism would be fired up. Try this HIIT routine on the court:
Those benches in the park aren’t just for sitting around and enjoying the weather. You can put them to good use with an effective workout for shoulders, core, triceps, biceps, and the chest. All you need to do is some bench push ups and bench dips. 15 reps or the bench dip and the 20 reps of the bench push ups should have you covered for the killer arms and upper body that we all love to have or at least dream of.
For this one, all you need is a yoga mat. Make your way to the nearest park. Lay your mat down and begin with the stretches. You can then slowly elevate your workout to bicycle crunches, hip bridges, push ups, sit ups, and planks. Not that you can’t do all this at home – but being close to nature while you work out is a refreshing experience.
So, next time you put off your plans of joining the gym, simply make your way outdoors for a free workout!