If you’re tight on budget or sceptical about paying crazy gym fees, here’s a few ideas on how to keep fit for free.
One of the most simple exercises you can do is walking. Try to keep fit by walking 30 minutes each day. To fit this into your busy lifestyle here’s a few ideas;
- If you grab the bus everyday, try and get off one or two stops before hand and walk the rest of the way
- If you see a lift or escalator try and find the stairs first
- If it’s a nice day, go for a walk on your lunchbreak and find somewhere nice where you can eat your lunch
Walking can also help you to relax, boosts your immune system, helps you to sleep better, keeps depression away, you can lose weight and reduce high blood pressure. Also if you want to mix up the scenery there are plenty of beaches to walk along and walking trails around Sydney such as the Coogee to Bondi walk and the Bay run.
Outdoor fitness stations
In case you haven’t noticed Sydney siders there are outdoor fitness stations everywhere. If you don’t know where they are, click on the link to find your closest outdoor gym https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1TQL_EPRFd88wtBJiVddNoQwx9k0&hl=en&ll=-33.932625356566476%2C151.18160049999994&z=11
At most stations you’ll find pull-up bars, sit up benches, standing bikes and pull up machines. Some stations will be more equipped than others so you just have to find your local station using and find what’s in yours. Each piece of equipment should have visuals and a description of how to use it. The great thing about outdoor fitness stations is getting that much needed bit of fresh air. Too many people spend the majority of their day inside an air conditioned office or home, forcing your body to use stale air. By doing so you are making it harder for your body to stay healthy and fresh.
Now, for the people guilty of just using the treadmill in the gym, there’s a free option and it’s right outside your front door. For beginners, it’s good to start off with doing an easy 15-20 minute jog and keep extending that time each time you run. Yes, some people dread going for a jog sometimes but you can only get better. To monitor your distance and time you can use a number of app on your phone, a good one you could try is ‘Map My Run’ which is easy to use and records your time, pace per minute, distance and calories. At the end of your run you should get something like the picture below
If you work in a high rise building in the city where there’s no where to run or outdoor gym to go to, try the stairs in your building. You might be lucky enough to find a barely used back stairwell where you can pop in your ear phones and either jog or walk up and down the stairs. Some of the benefits include;
- Burns more calories per minute than jogging
- Reduces cardio risk by more than 30%
- Stair climbing trains the larger muscles of the body including the glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings, which is key in managing fat.
- It leverages gravity and the heavier we are, the harder we’re forced to work and the more calories we burn.
- It can be done by almost anyone, regardless of fitness level.
So there you have it, a few free exercises to consider if you’re on a budget or don’t have the money to spend on expensive gym memberships.