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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

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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.


How To Look, Feel, And Actually "Be" Healthy

  Exercise, Fitness, Get Healthy, Nutrition, Stay healthy  diet tips, healthy lifestyle, Lose Weight, nutrition, stay healthy, workout

There are so many factors at play when we talk about being healthy. For some of us, it’s all about avoiding health problems in later life, but, for many of us, it’s all about making sure we look good. Neither is bad; we all want to feel good about the way we look, and if that’s the motivation which drives you to lead a healthier lifestyle then that’s as good a reason as any. Of course, it’s important that vanity never drives you to try to “look” healthier through methods that aren’t actually very healthy (e.g. simply eating less and cutting out the good things from your diet too). Here are some tips to help you look, feel, and actually be healthy.


A healthy diet.

This is perhaps the most important “ingredient” to a healthy lifestyle. If you want to burn off excess fat then the quickest way to do so is to fix your diet. Eating fewer sugars and replacing those empty calories with filling ones that give your body the nutrients, vitamins, proteins, and other good things you need will instantly improve your metabolism and help you lose weight. Exercise is important too, of course, but the easiest and most effective way to lose weight is to simply eat better things.


Your thinner figure might not even be noticeable to you at first, but if you head over here then you can get some tips on making that slim new figure more noticeable with clothes that actually fit you well. That way you won’t just be healthier but “look” healthier too, and appearance is likely still a huge motivating factor in this quest of yours. Still, the most important thing is that you cut out the fat stores in your body by eating few sugars. Low-fat foods aren’t the answer (eating fat isn’t what causes fat build-up; eating sugar is what does that). Getting fruit, vegetables, and some other forms of protein and carbohydrates into your diet is the key here.


A healthy exercise routine.

When it comes to squeezing exercise into a busy lifestyle, the answer is to find a regular routine which works for you. If you hate the gym then a grueling day spent hitting the weights is obviously going to put you off exercising in that way. You need to find something that motivates you to stay physically active. Perhaps you love sports such as football or basketball, so joining a club might be the perfect solution for you. Perhaps you don’t enjoy any sort of exercise like that, and a nice stroll through the park might be the answer for you. If you don’t have much time during the day then you could go on a twenty-minute walk with short bursts of running; this is high intensity interval training, and it’s great for burning calories. It pushes your body to work hard suddenly and unexpectedly. It’s much more effective than a lazy, slow-burning, hour-long jog.


A healthy mind.

Meditation is one element of looking after your mind; you need time to recharge and center yourself when things get too much. However, there are physical things you can do to improve your mindset. For example, simply drinking more water will improve your concentration throughout the day and help you not only become healthier on the inside but also act more energetic and lively on the outside. Sleeping more will help with this too.


Find The Diet That Fits You

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The sooner anyone aiming at a health body understands this, the better: there are no one-size-fits-all approaches to dieting and weight loss. That fad diet might guarantee results, but they’re usually short-lived changes with plenty of unpleasant side-effects, not long-term real-life changes. To take control of your diet, you need to have some specific knowledge about your situation, not just a general direction.


The numbers

This is perhaps the point of individualization that most people miss. Have you ever wondered why certain diets and exercise work better for others than they do for some? It’s all down to your metabolism and how it affects your weight loss efforts. Some people are just going to have to put in more work and that will never change. However, your metabolism isn’t stationary. It tells you how many calories you should eat to lose weight, but it shifts with exercise and other bodily changes, such as ensuring you’re getting a healthy helping of iron and amino acids.


Your cravings

You also have your very own weaknesses compared to other people. Succeeding with your diet means being honest about your cravings and when you fall to them. Creating a food diary isn’t about listing the healthy things to make yourself feel good about then. When you fall to a craving, note it down, too. Don’t try to leave it out. That way, as you look over what you’ve been eating in the last few weeks, you can see what cravings pop up more than usual. If it’s the occasional sweet treat, for instance, then you can prepare healthier treats. If you populate your fridge with the foods that replace your cravings, you’re a lot more likely to settle for them rather than going the extra steps of walking to the store.



Your diet isn’t the only key to your health. Creating a weight loss diet plan means thinking about what else is missing from an otherwise healthy life. The greatest complimentary factor is exercise, obviously, but that’s not all there is to it. The best plans take into account your general wellness. Take the time to address your emotional health, to fight stress, to get more sleep, to hydrate. They all matter, making a diet much easier to stick to.


Your motivation

Diet is about willpower. Cravings are the enemies of willpower, while motivation is the ally. Motivation’s a little different for everybody, as well. Setting weight loss goals works for a lot of people, but numbers aren’t all you should fixate on. You can also create a side-portion of your diet diary where you look at healthy steps to change you’ve taken recently. A lot of people have trouble seeing changes to their body over the long-term, as well. Making a timeline of before and after pictures can help you really spot the differences in your body, making you aware of and proud of the progress you make.


The numbers that matter to you in particular. How you cope with different foods and your experiences and results. The areas you’re lacking and need balance in. Your own motivation and willpower. You need to develop an understanding of these. No external tips are going to help you until you can figure out how they fit into your health.



The Other Weight Loss Equation

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There seems to be a simple equation that a lot of people are using as the staple their dieting regime: A Good Diet + Increased Exercise = Weight Loss. For others, it’s not as simple as it may seem. While the idea is good in concept, we often just need a little bit of a boost for us to be able to get us to where we need to be. It’s just knowing about what they are and being able to act on them which will set you on the path.



Ketosis is a state that your body gets into after a major calorie deficit, included with a lack of carbohydrates; after your body realises that it has no calories to get its fuel from, it goes straight to your fat reserves. Diets such as the Cambridge Weight Plan have used this to their advantage and offer products to help you get into ketosis on their sole source plan. The benefits of ketosis don’t just stop at increased weight loss (you have to be consuming under 800 calories with little to no carbohydrates for this to work), but apparently offer an increased focus and concentration with what you are doing. It’s not widely spoken about in the dieting community as it is hard to go through - you are essentially going cold turkey from the things that your body is used to and unknowingly craves, and the sense of initial hunger is something that puts a lot of people off.



It is important to remember that weight loss supplements are to be used in addition to a healthy, balanced diet in order for them to work. There is no supplement that can truly take over your whole lifestyle - you need to be able to put the work and the effort in elsewhere to see the results. They are an aid to what you are doing rather than the be all and end all. A lot of them contain much needed amino acids to help boost your metabolism and curb unnecessary hunger that you may be feeling.




A lot of the time, you’re not even hungry - it’s your brain getting confused with the signals that it’s sending out. Hunger and thirst are two very similar reactions which both require something being put in the mouth to stimulate the senses, so try and choose thirst over hunger and see where that gets you. It is recommended that you drink at least eight glasses of water per day, but a lot of us don’t hit that target. The more water you drink, the more energised and focused you will feel.


Types of Exercise

We don’t necessarily do the right exercise for what we want to achieve. If we want to lose weight, we should be raising our heart rate to cardio level - above 110 beats per minute - to be able to really take advantage of the fat burn that is on offer to us. Core exercises and weightlifting won’t do this for you; you need to look at something like crossfit, running, swimming or rowing instead.