If the gym just isn’t for you, it doesn’t mean staying fit and healthy isn’t for you. Just because you aren’t able to stay motivated in the gym; it doesn’t mean you can’t find that motivation in other places. If you don’t like going to the gym, then don’t force yourself to go; you should however not let it stop you from being the best physical specimen that you can possibly be. Here are some ways you don’t have to go to the gym to stay healthy.
You can still maximize your fitness potential without having to go to the gym and face the crowd that’s there. Being in a packed gym is no fun for anybody; whether the amount of people makes you feel nervous, or you can’t stand waiting for machines to become available; it’s annoying.
Instead why not get all the equipment you need delivered straight to your house? That way, there will be nobody in your personal space that you didn’t invite in, you won’t have to wait for machines to become available, and you won’t have a limited time of which to use it. If avoiding the crowd is your goal; then your home is the perfect place to get all your fitness essentials delivered to ensure that you stay fit.
Or if it’s the whole gym environment and the smells that have you wanting to avoid it; then why not take to taking your fitness regime outside? You could run through, or over, your nearest nature reserve and take in all the sights offered in that particular site. Find your nearest nature reserve here and take your run there, but just watch you don’t run through any unsavoury mess left behind by any dogs!
Or you could take your run through your local park and breathe in the flowery fragrances rather than the sweaty ones given off in the gym. In doing so you could become an established park runner in your area and be in charge of your own healthy destiny, rather than have any gym ‘pros’ try to give you advice every two minutes. That way it’s only you who is in charge of slashing your parkrun time and nobody else.
And if you want to be in control of your fitness regime or seek solitude during your workouts that makes you want to avoid the gym; then doing at home or in your local area could be the perfect option for you, despite what anybody else has to say. When people claim that your disliking of going to the gym is just an ‘excuse’ not to stay fit; prove them wrong with your ability to run twice the miles that they can and bettering them at opening bottles that just won’t open by using your new and improved muscles.
So, maybe it’s time to cancel that gym membership and spend your money instead on turning your home into a mini-gym and getting the right workout gear for when you take you regime outside.
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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.