Do you want to get fit but you can’t stand the routine of the gym? Maybe exercise has never been your forte or you get bored easily after a half an hour session.
If you want a healthy and toned body for summer fun but you don’t want to be cooped up in a sweaty workout room, here are some easy gym-free ways to achieve your fitness goals.
Remember those Jane Fonda fitness videos your mum used to have? Maybe those lycra clad fitness junkies were onto something.
According to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, gym bunnies spent around $20bn on gym memberships and health clubs in the USA alone in 2014.
Save yourself the money and the fuss by working out in your own living room in your pyjamas or old clothes and try out a few fun dance videos to mix up your fitness routine.
Get fit for free whilst enjoying the summer sunshine. Create your own jogging playlist filled with motivating, pumping beats and a few cheesy numbers to pass the time. If you do have a short attention span, you could plan a route which runs past the house of a family member or friend so you can stop by for a cheeky chat.
Alternatively, you can join a local jogging or running club for extra motivation and to meet new people.
Dancing is a great way to work all sorts of muscles in your body and have fun in the process.
There are many types of dance disciplines to get involved with, from sexy samba and poised ballet to elegant ballroom and upbeat hip-hop classes. If you fancy a mixture of different styles to keep you on your toes, you should consider joining the Zumba craze.
In 2014, around 20 million people took part in Zumba classes across more than 150 countries. This flexible style fuses together elements from dance and aerobics including mambo, martial arts, hip-hop and samba.
Join an online community
Millions use the internet to blog and start communities dedicated to weight loss and fitness.
Join up to a free online community today to start sharing your own fitness findings and pick up some handy tips and techniques. You may also discover that there are more classes and fitness groups in your area to get involved with.
If dancing isn’t your strong point, you may prefer to join a martial arts group. These classes are great for raising your fitness levels as well as increasing your discipline and mental strength.
Many classes also incorporate other elements into a session such as self-defence techniques and life skills that will bring fitness to a new level.
Fun runs and marathons
Working towards a goal such as a marathon can be a great way to boost your motivation and raise some money for charity in the process. If you are a fitness newbie, start off slowly by taking part in a mile long fun run and then build up to longer, more challenging marathons.
Try to avoid pushing yourself too hard as you can tear and pull muscles which can put a stop to your training and lower your self-motivation.