Whether you are traveling around the world, working from home, or physically cannot get to your local gym, it can be difficult finding the time, energy, and space to get your exercise into your everyday routine.
If you’re seeking ways of staying motivated and keeping your entire body active outside of a gym environment then you’ve come to the right place! We understand that it can be a little tough to make your way to the gym if you’re up against several factors.
Thankfully, you don’t need the gym to get a good workout in! Here is a guide on how to exercise outside the gym.
Establish An Exact Plan
Planning the types of exercise you will be doing outside of the gym is the key to establishing a beneficial workout routine and keeping you motivated.
You must consider the amount of time you have to exercise, your stress levels, the energy you have, and any health concerns that could impact your workout without the monitors provided by gym machines.
Consider The Time Of Day
The time of day that you exercise plays a big part in the way that you move. Many people prefer to work out in the morning as it can set the tone for a more positive day.
Other people exercising outside the gym may find bursts of energy by taking a break in the afternoon when energy levels may have dipped a little bit. This will typically reenergize your mind and body, inspiring you to push through your day.
Set Specific Goals
Track your home workouts by setting concrete goals and using relevant equipment to measure your progress including Blazepods.
Aim to be specific with these goals, adding a “30-minute morning walk on Tuesday and Thursday” instead of simply saying “exercise more” to keep you motivated and willing to get your body moving outside the gym.
Feel free to track your workout using a fitness tracker on your phone or a watch, noting the time, effort, distance, and type of exercise you have performed. This will hold you accountable and might encourage you to continue exercising outside of the gym.
Create A Suitable Home Gym Environment
If you have the available space then you should designate a specific area within your home for your workouts. You can alter the space so that it resembles the interior of a gym but we recommend arranging your equipment in a way that makes you feel right at home.
In this sort of environment, you should try to incorporate some circuit training moves like the following:
- Dumbbell rows using weights or a heavy household object with a solid handle (like a milk jug)
- Bodyweight squats
- Jumping jacks
- Plank position for short bursts between these other exercises
Try Something New
Exercising in a gym can sometimes feel more restrictive than working out at home. This is because you are surrounded by specific machinery that has been specifically designed to challenge you in the best possible way. However, this can become quite boring for some people.
Try watching some HIIT videos, going for a run in a local park, line dancing, or even dabbling in barre exercises for some variation. Not only are these exercises excellent for engaging your core and working the muscles over your entire body, but they are also unique ways of exercising that will get your blood pumping for hours after you exercise.
Incorporate Gradual Exercises Into Your Daily Routine
We are gradually becoming more sedentary creatures — working on the computer, watching television, and using our phones in periods of downtime. However, working from home doesn’t mean you need to skimp out on incorporating exercise into your daily routine.
You could stand up for an online meeting, move around while you are on a call, or incorporate some short bursts of movement throughout your day such as high-intensity interval training (HIIT) videos during commercial breaks.
You might even want to intersperse your household chores into your downtime to ensure that you are still keeping your body moving despite being outside of a gym.
Whether you go for a run or opt for barre classes, there are many ways to get your exercise outside the gym. Home workouts are often viewed in a negative light but they can often provide an isolated environment without the judgment of a public gym which may make people more motivated to work out.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to warm up and cool down before you start and end your exercise routine!