How To Exercise Without Going To The Gym

May 28, 2019

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The Best Exercises Outside Of The Gym

Sometimes, just getting yourself to the gym can be an accomplishment within itself. It’s hard to find time or motivation before or after school/work to head to the gym and workout. In addition, going to the gym can be daunting and very intimidating for some. However, during all different seasons of the year, there are many healthy ways you can exercise, some of which don’t even require you to go to the gym. People tend to forget about the other ways you can work out besides running, lifting weights, and doing ab workouts. The Harvard Medical School, has outlined 5 exercises that they deem as “the best” to do. Just because you aren’t going to the gym and working out doesn’t mean that your workout outside of the gym doesn’t count. Working out, regardless of where you are, is extremely beneficial to your mental and physical health. Below are the top 5 exercises that Harvard Medical School recommends. 

  1. Swimming- Whether you’re doing laps in the pool or doing intervals of treading water, swimming is a great form of exercise. When you’re in the water, it makes your body lighter, so you may find it easier to workout. Your muscles and joints will move more fluidly than they would if you were doing something such as running. 
  2. Tai Chi- This is a Chinese martial art that emphasizes two very important things- movement and relaxation. Tai Chi combines meditation and flow movements found in yoga. This exercise is ideal for someone who is looking to do a workout to both their body and mind at the same time.
  3. Strength Training-Even if you’re just lifting small weights at home, it’s easy to practice strength training. Lifting weights is influential on your muscles because as Harvard Medical School says, “If you don’t use muscles, they will lose their strength over time” (Professor Dr. Lee).
  4. Walking- People tend to disagree that walking is exercise- but if you are walking efficiently and effectively, it actually can be considered exercise. It’s recommended that you start walking for 10-15 minutes, and then gradually, over time, increase the mileage and time spent that you walk. Walking helps clear your mind, and helps to maintain a good blood pressure. Also, It’s important to remember to wear supportive shoes.
  5. Kegel Exercises- Last but not least, Kegel exercises are also a good way to workout. Practice doing this by “squeezing the muscles you would use to prevent yourself from passing urine or gas.” Harvard Medical School. This will help strengthen your bladder in the long run. 

Remember, you can still workout if you don’t have time or access to go to a gym. As long as you’re moving and getting your heart rate up or sweating- you’re exercising!

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