Exercise Ideas: No Gym Membership Required

Staying active is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. What’s the key to daily exercise? Find an activity that works for you and your interests! You don’t have to join a gym or become a runner to be successful, but you do need to find time to move.
Exercise should be progressive. If you are just beginning to incorporate activity into your lifestyle, start slow and focus on finding things that you enjoy. As your cardiovascular fitness improves, challenge yourself to do more.
For example, if you currently walk on a treadmill at a 3.5 mph pace for 30 minutes, try increasing to 35 minutes, adding a slight incline or increasing your speed to 3.7 mph. Or, if you’re weight training and have been successful at completing two sets of 15 reps at your current weight, challenge yourself by adding a few pounds.
Continuously pushing your body to do more than it could previously is the key to building a healthier you. Now, when it comes to activities, the possibilities are endless. Here are a few of our favorites to consider:*
Make A Mini Home Gym
By purchasing a few sets of dumbbells and strength bands, you can easily weight train in your own home, on your own time. Need a little cardio? Do a few flights of stairs.
Set up HIIT stations
No equipment? No problem. Run through a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) routine at your home. There are endless routines online, which include jumping rope, burpees and squats.
Hit The Court
Find a partner and play a friendly game of tennis, pickleball or racquetball. These are not only great aerobic workouts, but they also engage your upper and lower muscle groups.
Start Streaming
YouTube and other streaming services have endless workout routines available that you can do at home. From yoga to Zumba, many of these routines feature great instructors that will walk you through the exercises.
Head Outside
Lace up your sneakers and go outside for a run or powerwalk. Or head into the woods for a nice hike. Exercising outside is good for more than your cardiovascular system. Research shows that engaging in outdoor activities may benefit your wellbeing.

*Before starting any exercise or weight loss program, consult your physician.

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