Don't be this guy
I consider myself to be relatively fit. I did my last half marathon in under 1hr 30m and completed a 100-mile bike ride in just over 4 and a half hours. I reckon I do approximately twelve hours of exercise each week. None of these in the gym. In fact, I hate the gym.
I hate the distinctively sweaty smell, the crowdedness and the egotistical selfie-taking clientele who go religiously yet hate it. Sound familiar? Whilst 1 in 7 people in the UK are members of a gym or health club, there are more inactive members than active ones because many simply don’t enjoy it. Sound familiar?
Here at Vive, we believe you should love what you do (after all, we love what we do). That’s why we’ve made a little list of tips to help you keep fit without needing the gym so the only thing you’ll need to rip is that monthly gym bill.
1) Rediscover something you love
Whether it was countryside bike rides with your dad on a weekend, tennis classes in P.E. or the hockey club that your mum pushed you to join, most of us were encouraged to try a sport when we were young. However, we know how it goes. You slowly drift away, you go to uni and get all caught up in other things and before you know it, you’ve not played it for years, save that re-enthusiasm you had at Fresher’s week. So, dig out that old bike, dust down that tennis racquet, and get the hockey stick back and do something you love because when you love it, it’s a much easier and enjoyable way to keep fit.
2) Keep Casually Active
There are many other ways to casually burn calories throughout your day, no matter how busy you might be – in fact, the busier the better. For example, doing your daily commute by bike or on foot (jogging or walking), even if it’s just once or twice a week can be the equivalent of three or four gym sessions per week. On top of this, simple daily swaps like taking the stairs instead of the lift or escalator, going for a brisk walk over your lunch break or getting a pull-up bar for your bedroom (we’ve got one at The BeeVive) can be great, simple ways to subconsciously maintain fitness levels.
3) Embrace Technology
Believe it or not, there are far better ways to use technology to get fit than taking Instagram selfies to show your friends. In fact, there are a whole host of online videos and tutorials from the likes of Joe Wicks (AKA The Body Coach) available on YouTube as well as pilates, yoga and stretching masterclasses. Put simply, you no longer need to leave the house to get the expert advice or encouragement that you need to guide you through. The beauty of this is that you need only a small space, whether that’s in front of the television, in your bedroom or even at work (I use a space at The BeeVive) that you can even share with your colleagues.
So, instead of hating the gym, save the pounds whilst shedding the pounds, find something you love and put your phone to good use (for once)!