When you are strapped for cash, these killer tips on how to workout without a gym membership will produce amazing results for your tush!
Not all of us like getting our lycra on and sweating it out with the meat heads at the local gym. Myself included. When I started my journey to become fit and healthy, I dreaded the gym and cringed at the over priced memberships.
Gyms are smelly, full of aforementioned meatheads and everyone is checking out your oversized butt. I have to honest here, the gym I could afford at the time, was a really old gym with outdated weights and equipment. At the time, paying $30 a month was a serious investment but I still dreaded going to the gym.
I felt SO self-conscious because I had no idea what I was doing and didn’t have a clue on how to use most of the machines. I felt as though everyone was watching me criticising me for incorrectly using the weights and laughing at my stupidity when getting on the cross-trainer punching every button to get it to work.
This is how I started my journey to become fit and I spent months and months learning how to workout without a gym membership.
Nowadays, those self-conscious fatty days are long behind me, I can walk into a gym and know how to use the equipment and don’t mind paying for the memberships. That said, the memory of being judged still haunts me.
So today I want to share with you how you can workout without a gym membership and get amazing results.
1 | AT HOME
This is how my fitness journey started and you too can work out without a gym membership. There are literally hundreds of thousands of videos on YouTube for cardio workouts, toning, yoga and pilates. Most times you just need a set of hand weights, the space in your home and a towel. Once you build up your muscles and repetitions, you can add in kettlebells (love this kettlebell and this HITT workout), resistance bands, and heavier dumbbells if you feel up for a challenge.
Another option for at home workouts is fitness DVDs. For the price of $30, your can get about 10 workouts on DVD. Totally old school and I’m sure the same programs are available on iTunes nowadays. What’s great about DVDs is that you can do these workouts every day and it will still only costs $30! A few of my favourites are Beach Babe 2 and Tara Stiles: This Is Yoga
2 | USE THE LOCAL JUNGLE GYM
Most parks these days have a kids jungle gym. You can do lunges, squats and pull-ups using the bars! How’s that for a cheap workout?
3 | GET OUT AND RUN
If you are an outdoors lover, get outside and run. You don’t have to go far and you don’t have to go fast. Just lace up those runners, and start moving. My favourite thing to do is get up on a Sunday morning for a 5km along the Thames River. It is magical. If you get bored easily just pounding the pavements, listen to a good podcast like The Lively Show, Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin, or The Minimalists.
4 | JOIN A TEAM
Got a competitive side? Sign up to the work team and play a match of football, hockey, or even tennis. It will get you out during the day or after work with your colleagues and it is a good time to work those relationships but also get a workout done.
5 | WALK TO WORK
If you catch public transport, this is an easy one to do. Just get off one or two stops before your stop and walk home. Imagine if you got off one stop earlier each day for a week. From the bus to your house is 1km. If you do that each day for the next week you would have clocked up 5km walking this week. The benefit of walking is incredible, especially if you sit at a desk all day long.
To get super clear on your health goals, you need to have a vision of what health looks and means to you. If you are working out just because you think it is a good thing to do or that it’s what you ‘should’ be doing, staying consistent and motivated each day is going to be really hard. But I’ve got some tips for you to set goals and actually make them a reality. Download my FREE Goal Setting workbook below and get started.
Keeping strong and lean shouldn’t have to cost a fortune, the above tips worked for me 14 years ago just as effectively as they do today. It’s super easy to workout without a gym membership and get amazing results by walking to work, getting involved in team sports and using your living room as your personal gym.
NB: I’m not a fitness coach, nor am I an accredited fitness instructor. Although the thought has crossed my mind many times as it’s a love of mine. If you are thinking of doing a sweat session for the first time, get the all clear from your GP first