Thursday, August 30, 2012

My Top 5 Tips To Stay Fit Without a Gym!

It's Fun Friday and I'm sharing some great workout tips.  Fortunately I've never struggled with working out (it's the good eating that always throws me for a loop).  I've always enjoyed going to the gym. So you can imagine when I moved to my rural community I was stressed with the fact that there wasn't a gym nearby.  Needless to say, I had to get creative on staying fit.  My business travel schedule, community and church obligations didn't make finding time to work out any easier.  I realized that my creative juices would have to flow on a alternative way to stay fit.  Here are some of my fun, no gym needed workouts:



  • Walk/run intervals through the neighborhood
    • Cardiovascular exercise is the foundation of most of my work- outs.  The light posts in my neighborhood provide a great way to walk & run in equal distance from the back to the front of the subdivision.  I will normally walk, jog, or sprint in intervals between each light post.

  • Jumping jacks
    • The distance from the front to the back of my neighborhood is about one mile.  There are 20 light posts along the path.  I will complete 10-20 jumping jacks at each light post followed by a brisk walk or light jog in between each post.

  • Stair climbing
    • I have a two story home and I try to use my stairs as much as possible.  For example, I will separate our laundry upstairs which forces me to climb the stairs every time I need to place in a new load of laundry.

  • Playground toning
My three year old loves the playground.  I had to find creative ways to work out and take him outside.  Fortunately our playground area is fenced.  I will run around the fenced area for about 5-10 minutes.  This provides a great warm up.  After running, I will use the benches for tricep dips, push ups, squats, lunges, and ab work.  I am worn out after completing about 3-5 sets of 10 with each outing.

  • Sit down
    • Every time you sit down and get up, you work your leg muscles.  While watching your favorite show, sit down and stand up about 100-150 times.  You are guaranteed to feel the burn.
Whether you visit a gym or use the great outdoors for your workout, just keep moving! (Posted by Renee)

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12 comments:

  1. These are really great tips for staying fit. I prefer an outdoor workout so much more than being in the gym. Unfortunately, I hate going at it alone, so I end up going to the gym. I think next time I take the kids to the park, I'll try to incorporate fitness for myself. Great post.

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    1. Hope,

      The outdoors offer us so many options. Enjoy the park in a brand new way! Take care and thanks for your support.

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    1. Diana, thanks for sharing this great way to exercise!

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  6. Practical tips indeed. Stair climbing alone can really sweat you out. These exercise remedies plus supplements can really help you lose weight effectively.

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  7. It’s truly great to know that you still work on keeping fit even after moving to a new town. The routines you shared are really basic and easy to follow, so there shouldn’t be a reason for any of us not to start working out now. One tip I can share with you is to walk your dog if you have one. Also, giving your dog a bath can help you burn calories, especially if your dog is as large as mine. Haha!

    Laraine Leet

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    1. Thanks Laraine! Walking the dog is a great idea especially if you walk at a brisk pace. Unfortunately I don't own a dog but I appreciate the tip for the readers that do.

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