How to Get in Shape Without Paying a Gym Membership

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You want to get in shape, but you don’t necessarily want to pay those exorbitant gym prices. Gyms often have a startup fee (which can sometimes be in the range of $100) as well as a monthly cost that rivals, or bests, your cable bill. It seems a little excessive.

You want to get in shape, but you don’t necessarily want to pay those exorbitant gym prices. Gyms often have a startup fee (which can sometimes be in the range of $100) as well as a monthly cost that rivals, or bests, your cable bill. It seems a little excessive.

Thankfully, you don’t need a gym membership to get fit and stay fit. With three normal routine changes – what this article is calling “Activities”, “Daily Life Changes” and “Dietary Changes” – you can be healthy and keep your money in your wallet.

Activities

Even taking up one activity, which you do regularly, can help you stay fit. The following activities are all more reasonable and more fun than going to the gym.

Try Axe Throwing

This fun new sport is starting to pop up across North America. Like darts, only with axes, the object of the game is to throw your axe at a wooden target set a distance away. It’s a great arm workout, and it also strengthens your core. But the best part is, whether you go axe throwing with friends or join an axe throwing league, you introduce some fun into your daily workout. 

Go Swimming at the Local Pool

Swimming is a fantastic low impact sport that you can do throughout the year, whether it’s in a lake during summer, or at the local pool the rest of the year. Swim some laps, work on your form, and reap the benefits of this potent cardiovascular activity.

Dance the Night Away

Dancing is another great cardiovascular workout, one that you can do just about anywhere. Whether it’s in the comfort of your very own living room, dancing to your favourite playlist, or out at a bar. Just remember: if you dance at the bar, don’t offset the workout with too many caloric drinks.

Daily Life Changes

These daily life changes, which are easy to implement and cost nothing, will help you keep fit.

Turn Your Grocery Shopping Into a Daily Walk

Rather than start up the car, make your trip to the grocery store a daily one, walking there and back. The walk there is a great way to get the blood flowing, and the walk back, with bags in tow, can help keep definition in your muscles. It’s tough for some people to say no to the car, but doing so is a simple, effective and free way to stay in shape.   

Take the Stairs

You hear this every time someone advocates for making small life changes. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is, again, a simple and free way to inject some cardio into your day. Once you get into the habit of taking the stairs when given the option, you won’t even miss that bad elevator music and shallow chitchat!

Laugh More

That’s right: laughter burns calories. Sure, it doesn’t burn a lot of calories, but for the effort expended (which is virtually zero) it punches well above its weight. Scientists estimate that just 15 minutes of laughter could burn around 40 calories, meaning 15 minutes of laughter per day can help you lose four pounds in a year. Go on, then – pop in an old Seinfeld episode and lose a few pounds!

Dietary Changes

Finally, the missing key to the puzzle, where getting in shape is concerned, is diet. You can try new activities and make positive daily changes, but if they aren’t accompanied by dietary changes, it will be hard to see the results you want. No one here is calling for a fad diet or a crash diet (which can do more harm than good) but just these few, easy changes.

Control Your Portions

It’s simple, but it’s effective. You can still eat pasta, but rather than a mound of it, try plating the package recommendation (which is generally around 100 grams of dried pasta per portion). Rather than eat an entire sub, eat half now and put away the other half for later. It might cause some hunger at first, but your stomach (and brain) will adapt pretty quickly to the change.

Enjoy (at Least) One Meatless Day a Week

Meat isn’t bad per se, but it is calorically dense. And besides, eating too much of it has been linked to heart disease. Even taking a day’s break from animal protein can help you cut down on calories.

The gym is as boring as it is expensive. With a few fun activities up your sleeve, a few daily changes and a couple dietary adjustments, you don’t need the gym at all.

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