James Mitchell

For some people, the idea of going to the gym to stay fit and healthy doesn’t hold much appeal. Thankfully for them, there are a lot of other ways to get some much-needed exercise without setting foot in one.

Home remedies

Homebodies tend to get their exercise in the comfort of their homes. If you’re one of them, multi-function home exercise machines or backyard lap pools could be the answer to your fitness needs.

Using home furnishings and features is another option. For example, you can utilise your bed for tricep dips and the stairs for a cardio workout. Of course, there is a wide range of workout videos you could use as well.

Outdoor opportunities

Experiencing the beauty of nature while working out can help take one’s mind off the rigours of physical activities. A jog in the park and a bike ride in the woods are just two common outdoor exercises you can perform to keep fit and enjoy nature at the same time.

If you have access to a body of water, rowing is also a good form of exercise. For a more exciting activity, you can try rock climbing or bouldering on natural rock formations.

Sporting activities

Sports allow you to engage in not only physical activities but also competitive play. More importantly, however, playing sports gives you the chance to interact with other people. A regular after-work or weekend squash or tennis matches with a friend, for example, is a great way to stay active.

You could also join company-sponsored or community-based organised tournaments (rugby, cricket, basketball, etc.) to help you get enough exercise.

Not liking going to the gym is not an excuse to give up staying fit and healthy. You just have to be resourceful enough to find ways to be active.

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