Going to the gym can be inconvenient for many people due to lack of time or they simply dislike of the social atmosphere, as they prefer to work out in seclusion.
However, there is no reason that you can't get fit just because you don't go to the gym and there are many ways to go about it. Here are some ways you can stay fit without having to take time out of your schedule to go the gym.
If you can't go to the gym then bring the gym to you! There is some essential gym equipment that can be purchased at sports stores or online. You don't need to break the bank, if you don't wish to splash out on expensive workout machines like they have in the gym, then there are more simple and cheaper options that do the job. Here are a list of some of the things you need for a home gym set up:
Treadmill: These are excellent for cardio exercises and the speed can be adjusted depending on your preference. Treadmills do, however, take up a lot of space and if this is a problem for you then jogging outside can do the same job. There are plenty of parks and routes that you can take, just make sure that you are dressed accordingly as you don't want the weather to hinder your progress. Invest in some joggers and a windbreaker jacket which is light and won't slow you down but will keep you warm at the same time.
Dumbbells or barbells: Bodybuilding can easily be done at home and dumbbells will do the job perfectly. Go with a lighter weight to start off with depending on whats easy for you (2 - 5 kg is a good start) and then work your way up. An adjustable dumbbell allows you to add and take off weight plates so it stops you from having to purchase loads of dumbbells. They cost more but are more practical, the same goes for adjustable barbells.
Pull up bar: An essential part of any home gym, a pull up bar is great for back and bicep workouts. If there is nowhere to put the pull up bar then you can purchase one that has a stand, this costs more but allows you to put it anywhere you want.
Dip bars: A set of bars that allow you to add dips to your workout.
Kettlebells: Unlike dumbbells, there is a larger variety of exercises that can be performed using a kettlebell. Start off with a lighter weight as you would with standard dumbbells.
Workout bench: A bench that can incline and decline helps with barbell workouts.
If you don't want to buy all or some of the above equipment and would prefer to get fit for free, then let your body be your machine. Calisthenics is the economical alternative to purchasing fitness equipment, as it involves body weight training like press ups and push ups which can still allow you to have a toned body without lifting any weights at all.
The best way is to start of with what you can handle, don't overexert yourself and you can add more to your sets every time you feel it getting easy. A pull up bar is normally used in calisthenics and be creative with your press ups and find different raised platforms, like stairs, to increase the difficulty.
If you are a creative person, then a DIY set up is definitely something to consider. There are a range of tutorials online on how to make your own gym equipment making it an economical option. You would be surprised how simple it is to actually make dumbbells. This isn't for everyone as many people don't have the time and the patience but the option is still there for people who want to try something different.
Trying to stay fit doesn't mean endless hours in the gym "pumping iron" as you can make it fun too. Starting a martial arts or dance class can be a fun way to keep yourself fit and are great hobbies at the same time.
Martial arts helps build confidence while teaching you self defence. Learning a martial art is an essential skill to have and will give you a physical advantage should any conflict arise where you are required to defend yourself.
Dance is a not only extremely fun, but helps keep you fit as all different parts of the body are being used. There are loads of different styles of dance and it is really up to you which one you pick. Dance also helps boost self confidence and has many psychological benefits.
This option isn't entirely "gymless", however it is a good alternative if going to the gym by yourself seems daunting. If you can afford it, a personal trainer is an excellent investment as it will keep you motivated and boosted as humans are by nature sociable and working with others could increase the amount of effort you put in to the gym.
Some people require someone to stand over them when doing a workout as they easily lose motivation and the drive to carry on. Personal trainers can help with this as there will always be the voice encouraging you to push yourself that little bit further.
Personal trainers also help with diet plans and so are a valuable asset to your active lifestyle.