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How to Get a Good Workout Without a Gym Membership

How to Get a Good Workout Without a Gym Membership

By Matt Diehl • January 13, 2017

Whether you’d like to save time, money or beat the crowds, it’s possible to accomplish your fitness goals without joining a gym.

When it comes to getting in shape, you don’t need a gym to build muscle and burn calories. Here are some tips to get a good workout without a gym membership:

Online videos

If you have a computer and an internet connection, you can access a large library of free online workout videos. These videos are great for all personal schedules and skill levels because you can create your own workout regimen. Most of the programs are hosted by a fitness expert so they could be ideal for people who get inspired by one-on-one training sessions. If you enjoy a class environment, invite some friends over to join the fun.

From quick 10-minute total body workouts to hour long cardio training, search these free platforms for the best workouts for you:

Mobile apps

Technology is certainly influencing the fitness industry1 and mobile apps are a part of the trend.  Health and fitness mobile apps don’t just offer workout tips. Some offer data tracking and allow you to set milestones. Having the ability to access a workout plan straight from your phone can give you the power to workout anytime, anywhere.

Most apps are free with some offering upgrades for a fee. Here are some lists of apps that appeal to a variety of fitness goals:

Team sports

Do you enjoy competitive sports? Try signing up for a local sports league. Most cities and towns have recreational leagues for different sports and post information online or in the newspaper.

If you can’t find a team to join, try to form one of your own. Family, friends and coworkers are a good place to start and they might know people interested in joining as well. In addition to burning calories and having fun, you will also get to spend time with people you care about and possibly make new friends on the field.

Bodyweight exercises

The best thing about bodyweight exercises is you can do them almost anywhere. If you have the time and space, you can improve flexibility, strength and balance by using your own body mass2.

Here are some universal bodyweight exercises for different muscle groups:

Chore workout

Housework is physical activity so it’s no surprise that you’re burning calories as you sweep or dust3. Use this as an opportunity to maximize your calorie burn by performing some exercises during your cleaning routine.

For example, do 15 squats and 10 pushups after you finish sweeping each room. After you dust one piece of furniture, do 20 calf raises. If music helps fuel your workouts, play your favorite upbeat songs to keep your energy high until your work is done.

No gym required

You don’t need a gym membership to be strong, flexible or lean. All you need is willpower and the right tools and guidance to help you achieve success. Work hard, be safe and good luck!


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