How to stay fit without a gym membership

I’m not the gym type. I thought I was but now I know I’m not. I’ve had a few gym memberships in the past but they haven’t won me over. Maybe it’s the routine of going to the gym or the idea of being stuck inside or being a red, hot, sweaty mess in a room full of strangers, or maybe I’m yet to find a gym that suits me.Don’t get me wrong I do enjoy a good pump or spin class but it’s not enough to keep me hanging around. I haven’t had a gym membership in over a year and I don’t plan to sign up in the near future. Instead I like to try new, different and fun ways to stay fit and active. If you’re not the gym type then don’t let that stop you from working out. Check out these ideas to help you stay fit and healthy without a gym membership.

Yoga classes. There are so many different styles of yoga and each studio has a uniques style and culture. Finding one that you like is part of the fun! Many studios offer a pay as you go option so you’re not locked in to anything. Doing it like that works out to a little more expensive but if you’re doing a little trial and error then it’s the way to go. You could also buy a yoga DVD and do it at home or with a friend.

Workouts you can do at home. You can find heaps of workouts online that have been designed by professionals. This is a great option if you’re trying to save money or for those times when you don’t feel like leaving the house. Lots of the exercises don’t require equipment and if they do you can usually find the things you need around the house. Check out our six-week booty challenge created by Brisbane-based PT, Nikki Nash.

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Fitness events. Do some research about upcoming events in your local area. There are always walks supporting charities, marathons and heaps of other fitness events. Exercising like this is really fun to do with your family or a group of friends. Often a percentage of your entry fee goes towards supporting a cause so you can help others while working out and having fun. Winner! The first time I tried Zumba was at a Zumbathon at KokoLoco Dance Studio that Amanda Whitely, Editor of HerCanberra held in support of the Heart Foundation. She raised over $6,000 and I took one of my girlfriends along. We danced up a sweat, had heaps of fun and spent lots of time laughing while supporting a good cause.

Miss MuddyChallenges. I took my partner’s sister along to Miss Muddy and my partner, his sister, some of her friends and I took part in The Colour Run a few years ago. City to Surf (on my list), Tough Mudder and The Stampede are other options and you can always organise a group to get involved. The more the merrier for these types of things! Have fun or if you want to take it seriously then set yourself a goal and work hard to achieve it!

Personal Training. There are heaps of PT’s that will train you and you don’t have to have a gym membership. I’ve had a few PT’s in the past and I find that it’s a really good way to help you get back in to a fitness routine and to educate you about fitness and exercise. When I lived on the Sunshine Coast I had the best PT. She pushed me to the limit each session and she was also a really awesome person so I enjoyed going to the sessions even though she kicked my butt. Finding someone that you click with is a must! It’s a little more expensive but it is worth it even if you only have one session a week for a few months. It will give you the motivation you need to start kicking your fitness goals!

Bootcamps. I love bootcamps and exercising outside in groups. It really motivates me and I love nature and being out in the fresh air. Do a Google search for bootcamps in your local area and I can guarantee you’ll find a handful of two. There are heaps of different styles so you’ll be able to find one that suits your style and availability. I did the Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge during winter and majority of the sessions were bootcamp style. I really enjoyed it and there were heaps of options to choose from. It was during Winter so doing the bootcamp sessions at 6am were pretty challenging but very rewarding. ABBBC isn’t running in Canberra again but there are others throughout Australia. There’s heaps of different types of group training that you can choose from if that’s your style. F45 has a different approach to exercise and from what I’ve heard, people love it. They also offer a free two-week trial and are nationwide!

Go for a run. If you’re a cardio king or queen then getting outside and going for a run is the perfect option for you. It’s free and you have heaps of choices and variety. There are so many running paths or why not go wild and do a freestyle run! A girl on our tour in Cuba was a Sports Scientist who worked for Cycling Australia. She loved running through the bush at night… Sounds a little crazy but imagine the adrenalin rush!

Me at the top of Machu Picchu Mountain

Me at the top of Machu Picchu Mountain.

Hiking and Trekking. Canberrans are super lucky because we’re surrounded by mountains so it’s heaven for hikers. After trekking and hiking around South America I’ve got a taste of it and I love it. I can’t wait to start tackling some of the big guys around Canberra now that the weather is warming up. Even if you have to travel a few hours to go hiking, why not make a day out of it.

Exercise with the seasons. Go snowboarding or skiing in winter and in summer grab a surfboard or go snorkeling.

Try something for the first time. Even if you don’t stick to it, when you try new things there’s always a sense of excitement. We did a salsa class on a rooftop in Trinidad, Cuba with some amazing salsa dancers and it was so much fun, even if it was sweltering hot. Pole dancing is something else that’s really fun and will get you out of your comfort zone! Boxing is addictive too! Scuba diving is on my list and I’m keen to get my certification in the next 12 months.

Salsa class in Cuba.

Salsa lessons with the spectacular locals in Trinidad, Cuba.

Canoeing, kayaking or dragon boating. I love the beach and

the water and being from QLD, I miss it a lot. Getting out on the water – even if it’s not the ocean – is a great way to relax and exercise at the same time. If there are lakes or rivers near where you live then try a water sport for something different.

There are heaps of options so there’s no excuses! Get out there, have some fun and try something different.

So tell me how do you stay fit and healthy?

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