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4 Amazing Ways To Get Fit Without Going To The Gym

  Exercise, Fitness, Get Healthy  exercise, health and fitness, Lose Weight, stay healthy, weight loss

For a lot of us, going to the gym is a staple in our fitness routine. However, what happens when you can’t get to a gym? Perhaps you don’t live near one, or you might not be able to afford a membership, what can you do?

Well, there are actually loads of amazing ways you can get fit without going to the gym. Below, I’ve listed a few of the best ones:

Home Workouts

You don’t need a gym to have a great workout and stay fit. You can achieve great results if you work out at home and use things in your house to help you out. For example, you can do chair workouts that involve only using a chair. There are loads of exercises you can do using a chair such as step ups, box jumps, Bulgarian split squats, incline and decline press ups, incline and decline planks, etc. It’s very easy to put together a workout that gives you a huge metabolism boost, burns fat, and also builds muscle. Plus, you can use the stairs in your home to create a great cardio workout that also gets your legs firing.


It may surprise you to know that dancing is a fantastic way to get fit. There are loads of different varieties of dance that are great to get your heart rate up and help you burn calories. Amongst all the different varieties, I think taking something like salsa classes is your best bet. This is a very fast paced dance style that always requires you to keep moving around and staying active. Going to a class once or twice per week can really give a great cardio workout.


Cycling is one of the best ways to get fit and burn calories every single day. If you swap your car for a bike, you can get fit on your way to and from work every morning and evening. Also, you can go on long cycle routes whenever you have time. Cycling has so many benefits and can really improve your fitness levels. Not only that, but it’s really good for your legs too. If you want strong and toned legs, start cycling more and more! The best thing is, aside from buying the bike, there are no additional costs.


Swimming is great as it’s good for your body as well as being a brilliant activity for fitness. You can burn a lot of calories while swimming and really work on improving your cardiovascular fitness. This will help you run for longer and do things without running out of breath quickly. Plus, it’s amazing at building up core strength in your abs and glutes. Many people go swimming to help prevent injuries too, which is another bonus.


There you have it; four amazing ways to get fit without going to the gym. So, if you want to save money on a gym membership, or just can’t find one to join, try out these ideas instead. Of course, anyone that has a gym membership can try them as well! They’re just great things to add to a fitness routine.


Fun And Fitness: Make Exercise Enjoyable

  Exercise, Fitness, Get Healthy, Stay healthy  exercise, health and fitness, healthy lifestyle, stay healthy

We all try really hard to motivate ourselves to exercise, especially in the early days, but the repetitiveness and hard work doesn’t exactly make everyone eager to hop on a treadmill more than once a week. Remember when you were a kid and no one had to force you to exercise? Sure, maybe you didn’t enjoy P.E. as much as the other kids, but you would still be out riding your bike, climbing trees, and playing with our friends in the park. Exercise wasn’t something you did because you felt the need to stay in shape, you did it because you loved exercise. It’s time to put some of that fun into your current fitness regime.


For those kids lucky enough to have a trampoline growing up, it was the closest thing there was to flying. You were probably having so much fun practicing your tricks that you didn’t know the effect it had on your body. With just ten minutes a day on a trampoline, you could boost weight loss, define muscle tone, and improve your overall health. A ten minute workout on a trampoline is the equivalent of running on a treadmill for thirty minutes. It firms the legs, thighs, abdomen, arms and hips, increases agility, and improves sense of balance. Most importantly, it lowers the risk of injury, as the flexible surface reduces the impact of landing.


Sometimes the problem with structured workouts is that they’re boring, or they’re not fun enough to keep you interested. Dancing is one of the more fun workouts out there, whether you buy a dance workout DVD, blast the music on your radio, or check out one of the Zumba dance workout classes in your area. It’s also a full body workout that’s good for your heart, makes you stronger, and aids with balance and coordination. A 30 minute workout can burn as many calories as jogging. But unlike running on a treadmill, dancing is also a creative outlet; you can make up your own moves, learn established steps, and choose your own music.


Before it was an activity you did at the gym or a way to get to work, cycling was a form of freedom. When you couldn’t rely on your parents to drive you anywhere, or the bus wouldn’t quite take you to where you needed to go, your trusty bike was your main form of transport. The next the sun is out and you have the day off, take your bike to the coastline or to the woods and just ride for the sheer pleasure of it. The benefits for you body are even better; sports physiologists have found that even after cycling for 30 minutes, you could be burning a higher amount of total calories for a few hours after you stop.

Fun with friends

Everything's more fun if you’re sharing the experience with your friends. You can form a team and join a local sports club, or just go dancing together.


5 Things You'll Find At The Fountain Of Youth

  Diet Tips, Exercise, Fitness, Get Healthy  eat healthy, health and fitness, healthy lifestyle

You’re probably thinking, you’ve heard it all before. You’ve read so much information on your hunt for the Fountain Of Youth that your expertise would be valued by the World Health Organisation. Drink plenty of cold water. Get a healthy amount of sleep. Exercise every day. Don’t smoke. Avoid the sun as much as possible. Only eat organic. It’s all be spewed before, we know.


But while all of these have a super sweet influence on your skin’s youthful complexion, there are so many more steps you can take in order to keep your skin clear, soft, smooth and youthful. What’s more, some of these may surprise you a little.


Orange Veggies

Vitamin A is celebrated for its amazing abilities to reverse the effects of aging skin and create a smooth and enviable exterior. Well, for a healthy dose of this vitamin, you need to start adding carrots and sweet potato to your grocery list. When collagen needs restoring, these are things that will get the job done.


Green Tea

The reason green tea is so popular is that you are slurping on antioxidants. Sure, it tastes okay, but the main reason people drink it is due to its ability to reverse sun damage. If this has worked for you, then you should address your thank you letter to Catechin. This is the antioxidant that is at the center of all your good skin. What it does is protect you against UV rays and slow down the growth of age spots and moles.


Cooked Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the only foods that actually gain antioxidants when they are cooked. What makes them so good in the search for a youthful complexion is their levels of Lycopene, which is known to fight back against the sun’s harmful rays. Of course, not everyone likes the taste of tomatoes, we get that, which is where using authentic crystal tomato comes in. You get the same results without having to pinch your nose and bare the taste. Other veggies that take the podium on this front are beetroot and red peppers.  


Cleopatra Honey

Cleopatra was famed for her youthful looks, which stemmed from her healthy addiction to milk and honey baths. Back then there was nothing to prove this, except the proof being plastered across her perfect skin. However, modern science has shown that honey is totally amazing for skin. It opens your pores and moisturizes your skin with that thing we all love… antioxidants. So whatever face wash you are using, toss it in the bin and go down the honey route (unless your face wash is made of natural products, in which case hang on to it).


Hell Yes, H20

We were going to try and get through this list without mentioning water, but then we saw a picture of Christie Brinkley and, well, just look at her. She is in her 60s and yet she looks 35. It is mindboggling. However, she has put her stunning complexion down to her water intake. For as long as she can remember, she has guzzled a liter of the good stuff a day. It was wise. What water does is replenish your skin, keeping it plump and elasticated smooth, instead of going wrinkly or saggy like everyone else’s.

5 Important Things to Avoid When Working out in the Heat

  Exercise, Fitness, Get Healthy  better health, exercise, fitness, health and fitness

With the summer in full swing, many of us are finding it difficult to work out with the added annoyance of the blazing sun. We sweat more, we have to drink more, our clothes get soaked, and we might even need to change up our workout routines in order to cope with the incredibly hot conditions. Unfortunately, unless you want to move to a different country just to workout during this period, you’ve got to find ways around the heat and deal with it in order to keep your body image looking perfect. So to help you out, here are a few of things to avoid when exercising in the heat.


Don’t forget to apply sunscreen

If you’re going to work out in the sun, make sure you’re applying sunscreen. It might take a bit of getting used to and you might feel like it adds some unnecessary time to your workout, but if you’re exposed to the sun for a long time then this is an absolute must to protect your skin from UV rays.


Don’t wait to drink water

Drinking water is obviously important, but it’s even more of an issue during the summer because you have to drink even more. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water and don’t forget to chill your water before you sip at it. The colder the water temperature, the better it will be at lowering your overall body temperature and the cooler you will feel during your workouts. Since you’re also sweating more, it’s important to continue replenishing your body’s water levels by drinking more as well.


Don’t wear the same clothes you did during Spring

Wearing the correct gym apparel is important if you want to maintain a lower enough body temperature to make working out in the heat bearable. Don’t wear anything cotton because it’s not very breathable. Synthetic materials are usually the best because they assist in cooling your body even during the most intense workouts. It’s a good idea to have apparel for all seasons so that you’re always prepared no matter the weather condition.


Don’t neglect the importance of body temperature

As mentioned briefly before, your body temperature is incredibly important when it comes to working out in the summer. The best strategy is to lower your body temperature before you actually start working out. This means it’ll take a little longer for your body to heat up and reach an uncomfortable level. Roughly 10 to 15 minutes before your workout, take a cold shower, splash some water on your face, or run your wrists under a cold tap for a couple of seconds. This will cool down the blood that’s flowing through your body and help you maintain a lower temperature as you work out.


Don’t stick with the same routine

If you don’t want to be in the sun during your workout, then hit the gym a little more. You could switch to indoor cardio such as the treadmill or elliptical instead of running around outside, and you could switch your bike path so that it’s shielded by trees. You could also do your outdoor cardio a little earlier in the morning when the sun isn’t as high.

Fitness Myths You Shouldn't Fall For

  Exercise, Fitness, Get Healthy, Stay healthy  exercise, fitness, health and fitness, healthy lifestyle

Every area of life is full of myths and untruths. Unfortunately, many of them take a long time to go away. Even many years after something is scientifically proven to be false, it can still persist as the truth. Fitness is no different to anything else and has its myths and falsehoods. There are several that have been around forever and are unlikely to disappear anytime soon. When you try to convince some people that they're wrong, they will stubbornly resist. But if you know the truth, you can at least take care of your own fitness. Try some myth busting before you go to your next workout.

Exercise Is the Main Key to Losing Weight

For many people who want to get fit, losing weight is a primary goal. They might also want to improve their stamina or build muscle, but dropping some pounds is often the first priority. When people plan to lose weight, they will often come up with an exercise plan which is more often than not focused on cardio. However, many experts suggest that interval training and weightlifting are better for losing weight. But, in any case, changing your diet is by far the best way to lose weight. Not much is going to happen if you don't alter your eating habits. Find a weight loss diet at Prevention.com.


You Can Build Muscle Quickly

It's not uncommon for people to have an idea of becoming buff almost overnight. They figure they can do a few crunches and curls, and they're bound to start building muscle. However, growing muscle is a process that takes time. If you have a look at the guide at FitnessDeadline.com, you can gain a better understanding of what it takes to get stronger and build muscle. You need to be willing to commit the time and effort to achieve what you want. You need to understand how your workouts, diet and even the amount of rest you get play into how you can build muscle.

Stretching Before Your Workout Is Essential

Starting off your workout with some static stretching is pretty standard for many. However, it's not necessarily the best way to start off your workout. In fact, you could be doing more damage than good by stretching before your workout. The best thing to do is to start warming up and gently stretching your muscles as you begin to exercise. If you want to stretch, it's best to leave the stretching for the end of your workout when you're cooling down. Alternatively, you might want to warm up a little before stretching.

No Pain, No Gain

This oft-repeated phrase suggests that you should be hurting when you workout or you're not getting anywhere. While you should try to push past your limits when you exercise, your workouts shouldn't hurt all the time. Some discomfort might occur when you're trying hard to better yourself, but you shouldn't be in pain all the time.

You should try to analyze the repeated claims you hear about keeping fit. You might find that many of them aren't true, and perhaps never were.