At Blue Sky, MD we understand that weight loss is a journey. In order to successfully lose and sustain meaningful weight loss, it is necessary to do more than just count calories. Our counselors encourage our clients to make healthy choices and healthy changes to their lifestyle. One of the lifestyle changes we recommend is to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. For many, the idea of exercise revolves around a gym membership. While a gym might be a good fit for some, many find it cost-prohibitive and intimidating. If you fall into the latter category, don’t worry, we have 5 ways to workout without the gym!
Get outside: The easiest way to get some exercise without the gym is to lace up your shoes, turn off the TV, and head outdoors. Whether you walk, hike, run or bike, the great outdoors is always open and it doesn’t cost a thing.
Try a Workout Video: Next time you’re at Target or Wal-Mart, check out the exercise isle for a new workout video. With all the choices available these days, you’re sure to find one that is just right for you. And you can do in the comfort and privacy of your own home. If you’re not sure you want to make this small investment, go online to find free workout videos or routines from most of the popular fitness magazines or other websites like YouTube, Blogilates or SparkPeople.
Take Up Tennis: There’s a reason why professional tennis players are so fit. Tennis is a great exercise that burns calories and tones your arms, legs, abs and back. You don’t have to be an expert or even take lessons, just hit around with a friend. Most local parks have free tennis courts so all you need is a racket. You don’t even need to keep score!
Mow the Lawn: Give the lawn service company the summer off and mow the lawn yourself…with a push mower. Pushing the mower, especially uphill, engages your glute muscles and increases your heart rate. If you’re not up to mowing the lawn, get out there and plant a garden. Planting and tending a garden require lots of bending and squatting, which will strengthen and tone legs and back muscles.
Visit the App Store: You may not know it, but there are countless exercise apps available for download, many of which are free. You can choose from generalized daily workout apps or target a specific problem area. The best part? Most exercises are 10 minutes or less, so you’ll always have time to fit in a quick workout.