We’re not talking down the gym. It can be a vital part of helping you achieve your goals or help you get into fitness. However, it shouldn’t be the crutch you rely on to get healthy as many people use it. There are a lot better and more financially viable ways to support a fit lifestyle. We’ll look at some of them below.
A lot of beginners go to the gym not only for the equipment on offer. They go there to learn and there are plenty of people to teach you. However, if you get educated, then there’s no need to pay the fees to hear it from someone else. There are guides for all kinds of exercises and their effects online. If they all sound like gibberish to you, then use resources like a glossary of fitness terms to help you understand things more plainly. The more you understand, the less you have a need of a gym telling you what to do.
Build your own workout space
If you have a garage or a spare room you don’t use, then why not convert it into your own gym? It’s not difficult at all to get equipment like squat racks, bench presses or exercise bikes for sale. A lot of you might want spotters to ensure that you’re doing your workouts safely and healthily. Then why not consider going together on buying equipment with your friends? That way all of you are saving money in the long-run. It only takes a little investment at a time to end up with a fully functional home gym.
Be your own personal trainer
Thanks to modern technology, it’s easy to get all the benefits of a personal trainer without having to pay for one. In particular, you want to look at things like the mobile apps or wearable technology like FitBit. Good personal trainer apps don’t just measure your performance. They can even help you choose fitness plans, picking out the exercises that are going to help you reach your goals. There’s a variety of apps to help a variety of needs. Whether you subscribe to CrossFit, the Paleo diet or you just want to switch it up from time to time.
Join a team
We understand that the social aspect of the gym is one of the big draws of it. But there’s an even more effective way to get that. Consider joining a sports team in your area. There are teams for people of all levels of fitness and sports that contribute to your fitness in all manners of ways. There are sports to help you lose weight, sports to help you get cut and sports to help you bulk up. It’s all about doing a little scouting in your area.
A mixture of learning and equipment is all you need to meet all your exercise needs for a healthy life. Simply put, for most people, you can get everything you need without a gym. Whether it’s knowledge or resources.