People always seem to think these days to get in shape they need to sign up at a gym, well this is far from the reality of what you can do to really get in shape. Working out doesn’t always require gym membership, how do you think people took care of themselves hundreds of years ago before gyms? Somehow they were still built with muscle or as slim as a model.
All you will ever need to workout is determination, desire and knowledge, it is important to possess the knowledge of how to workout properly outside the gym so you can avoid injury and the workout can actually take effect. Depending on what you want to do 9 out of 10 workouts can be done outside of the gym which are just as effective and can save you money. If you’re a body builder and looking to put on major muscle mass then the gym is the best place for you, however if you looking to lose weight or just generally become healthier there are far cheaper ways you can do this.
Tai Chi, Yoga and jogging are the most beneficial workouts if you’re looking to become fitter and help yourself in your later years. Find a local Tai Chi or Yoga instructor (one that doesn’t require a membership) and learn a few forms and stretch then stop going to these classes and do them on a daily basis, or every other day. Learning Tai Chi or Yoga will help your blood flow which also means your body will internally look after itself better and also the stretches will do wonders for your joints.
Jogging is the cheapest options you have out of everything you can do to keep in shape outside of the gym. Jogging is free! You get great fresh air and time alone on the move to think and its doing amazing work for your body working all the muscles in your legs and also helps work your bum and stomach. Stamina is the greatest benefit of running which helps your fitness levels so your body can maintain more energy. One important part of jogging is your footwear, buy yourself a decent pair of running shoes like Reebok, Nike, Adidas or Supernova, I personally recommend any of these. Without a pair or trainers made specifically for running you will cause huge strain on your lower back.
Running machines, bicycles, rowing machines and cross trainers are mainly designed to burn fat however everything muscle these use are used in running only in a slightly different way. 90% of the gym is for gaining muscle mass and using a machine to specify on the area of your body you would like to get bigger. The gym is a waste of time, effort and money if your looking to lose weight or keep healthy because you can gain or maintain the fitness through working out at home from jogging, press-ups and sit-ups.