You can excercise ANYWHERE!

How many times have you put a pause on your workout regime because something has stopped you from going to the gym? Perhaps the gyms are closed or you’re going on vacation. Maybe someone is coming to visit you and it feels like you just don’t have time for the gym. But why should any of those reasons stop you from getting exercise? This year especially, I’ve realized that you don’t NEED a gym. Some people cannot grasp the concept that exercise comes in many forms. It doesn’t always mean “pumping iron.” I’m writing this to share some ways on how to stay fit and active when you cannot make it to the gym. For some of you, this might mean going outside your comfort zone and changing the way you train. 

I’ve always enjoyed working out outside. There is something about the fresh air and sun in my face that I can’t get enough of. It gives me life! If you are living in the warmer climates all year round, this recommendation is obvious. All you need to smash an outdoor workout is… YOURSELF. Your body weight is more than enough to get the blood pumping and sweat dripping. 

BURPEES. Did you forget about burpees? Some people don’t even know what they are. This is a phenomenal full body exercise that is great to do outside. Add some jump squats, pushups, and mountain climbers, and you got yourself a pretty good circuit. When I am outside, I also like to incorporate running into my workout. Unlike the gym, you have unlimited space, so why not use it? There are many people who say, “Running has never been my thing” or “I hate running” but running is amazing for the body, mind and SOUL. Again, perhaps you need to change the way you train or your mindset.

If you have any pets, another great way to get moving is taking them out for walks. I have 3 dogs and on my rest days I normally take them up the mountain behind my house and along the trail. It’s about an hour hike there and back and the constant incline is enough to get my calves burning. Hiking or walking acts as a great recovery workout that will increase blood flow to your muscles and tissues. Giving your circulation a little boost will help get nutrients to your muscles so they can repair themselves. 

Okay, but what if you live in colder climates? Understood. I’m not too keen on smashing a workout in the snow either. The first suggestion is another obvious one; home workouts. Now more than ever, there are many trainers who share at home workouts so the resources are out there. But what is stopping us? Maybe it’s the limited space in your house, or maybe you are having a hard time finding the motivation while battling the seasonal darkness. Both stem from the same place; MINDSET. If we can just put aside the excuses that our minds constantly create in order to skip a workout, it doesn’t matter how small your apartment is or how your “not feeling it” today. Grab your resistance bands, ab roller, and yoga mat and get in a small circuit. Any movement is good movement and you are bound to feel better after. The hardest part about working out is getting there.

If you are living in the colder climates and the at-home workouts just aren’t doing it, maybe winter sports will give you what you’re looking for. Cross country skiing is a great aerobic sport that builds on strength and endurance. It targets the thighs, glutes, calves, biceps and triceps. Not to mention, you burn an average of 500-700 calories per hour. Snowboarding is another great form of exercise. It uses the calves, hamstrings, and quadriceps to guide the board; ankle and foot muscles for steering; and abdominal muscles for balance. Ice skating and Hockey are other winter sports that truely address all components of fitness at any level. They are good for building lower-body muscles including the hips, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves. Skating also boosts balance, flexibility, quickness, and agility.