How to Avoid Being Dependent on the Gym

The Benefits Of Working Out Outside Of The Gym

Save money - If you are not working out at the gym, your are saving money since you are not paying for a gym membership. Depending on the gym and how big your family is, you could be saving anywhere from $20-$200 per month!

Save time - If you do not go to the gym to work out, you will save time since you will not have to drive to and from the gym, look for a parking spot or search for an open locker.

Less chance of an infection - Staph infections run rampant in gyms. I had a friend who got a staph infection from a really nice gym. She ended up taking antibiotics for months to get rid of it. It wasn't pretty either!

Don't have to deal with other people's sweat, body odor, stares. If that's not disgusting enough, I don't know what is!

Enjoy The Outdoors!

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Get Outdoors!

Get outdoors and run, walk, ride bike, hike, explore and camp.

If you look at pictures of cavemen and even people from one hundred years ago, they were not as heavy and out of shape as we are now.

They did not sit around playing on the Internet or watching TV.

They had to walk everywhere.

We need to get back to our roots to get healthy again.

Spend a little time outside.

Explore your neighborhood by foot.

Walk over and say hello to your neighbor.

Walk your kids to the playground.

Go for a bike ride to see the leaves changing colors in the Fall.

Park at the furthest parking space when you need to go to a store.

Take your dog for a long walk.

Enjoy yourself outside.

Just being outside will cause you to burn calories since you are not sitting around in the house. Get outside and have a good time!

Play With The Kids And Pets!

If you watch kids and pets, most are in great shape, but they never go to the gym.

How do they stay in shape? Naturally! They play, run and climb.

They are in constant motion. Try to play with your kids and your pets. Just trying to keep up with them will burn some calories.

Your children and your pets will also have lots of fun with you and maybe burn off some of their energy.

Have Some Small Gym Equipment At Home

I'm not talking about bench presses and nautilus machines.

I'm talking about a few small weights and a resistance band.

Things along that line.

When you have a free minute or even while your hands are free, pick up a weight or a resistance band and do a few exercises.

They don't take up much room and are easy to store anywhere in your house which makes it very convenient.

Workout DVD's and Exercise Shows

There are tons of workout DVD's out there.

You could either buy them or borrow them from the library.

If you are borrowing workout DVD's from the library, you could try a new one every week if you would like.

It would never get boring!

It would also save tons of money!

If you have OnDemand on your TV (comes with some Cable), go to it and look for the Fitness Channel.

They have tons of yoga, kickboxing, Zumba, pilates and cardio exercise programs that last anywhere from 10 minutes to one hour.

You are already ordering cable, so you might as well take advantage of the Fitness Channel.

They rotate their shows so you will always have a fresh exercise program to follow.

Yard Work Burns Calories!

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House And Yard Work

Did you know that you could burn tons of calories just by doing house work and yard work?

When you are dreading vacuuming the whole house or raking the leaves, think about how many calories you could burn.

The following is an example of how many calories you could burn by doing work around the house.

For every half hour you do each of these tasks you could lose:

laundry = 73 calories

yard work = 170 calories

mowing the lawn = 187 calories

carrying a small child up the stairs = 289 calories

vacuuming = 119 calories

Could you imagine how many calories you would burn if you had a whole day of house and yard work?

You would also have a very nice looking yard and house!

Be Like Rocky And Climb Your Stairs

Climb your stairs. Run up and down your stairs. Climb your stairs on your hands and feet/knees. Go backwards or sideways up the stairs. Take the stairs two at a time.

A fitness trainer at the gym once told me that the stair climbers were the best cardio machine in the whole gym.

You could get a great leg, butt and thigh workout and improve your cardio by working out on stairs.

Start off slow and work your way up to more complicated, quicker moves.

But, be careful not to fall while doing your exercises on the stairs.

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