Let’s face it, the gym is expensive. When we sign up, we’ll commit to a few sessions and then begin promising ourselves that we will go tomorrow or the day after. Before you know it, you’ve paid for a year’s membership in monthly instalments and been all of seven times.
So here are three ways you can skip the gym membership and still lose weight.
Take advantage of free trial days at your local gyms and free buddy ups with your friends
If you want to go to the gym, but don’t want to be tied in and spending money for the time you aren’t there, then this one will be for you. Gyms offer free trial days to new and expired members all year round. They also offer buddy passes for current gym members, meaning your friend at work may be able to get you in for another session.
If you want to go more frequently, but still not enough to justify a full membership, some gyms also offer pay as you go plans or free classes at certain times of the day. The best way to find out about these is to ask your gym or your local council.
Invest in workout equipment to use at home
You don’t need a gym to look great. Workout machines are based on free weight movements, treadmills can be replaced by your favourite park or even your hallway, and steppers are just another way of running up stairs.
Workout equipment is designed to emulate real-life movements with extra weight, so you will find you can get a workout just as good at home. With a few clever purchases of the equipment you use at the gym (a free weight set for the weight machines, an aerobic step for the stepper, a gym ball for the gym ball etc.), you can have a full workout without leaving the comfort of your home.
Find a free outdoor gym or workout park near you
Many towns and cities have outdoor gyms and running routes dotted around their parks and green spaces. A great alternative to the drudgery of the treadmill, nature has also been shown to make you feel happier and more positive just by looking at it.