Staying active is tough, and, let’s face it, having to go to the gym and deal with the culture there doesn’t help. You don’t want a jam-packed gym to sidetrack your focus from your health and wellness. Keep reading for six ways to stay fit without a gym membership.
Hiking and backpacking
Although hiking may seem like a simple option, it is actually a great way to get fit. You likely aren’t far from multiple hiking trails, and you can make your workout as intense or easy as you want, depending on which trail you choose. Hiking gear is as simple as good hiking boots and tall socks, making it an easy workout to do when you’re traveling.
Should you decide to take your workout routine to the next level, consider a long-distance backpacking trip–complete with an overnight pit stop. Before embarking on the adventure ahead, you’ll need to stock up on backpacking trip must-haves like hiking boots, a sleeping bag/hammock, water bottles, stainless steel pots and pans, and the like.
If you’re looking for an exciting, full-body workout, you might want to try rock climbing. If you live in a rocky or mountainous area, it’ll be easy to find somewhere to rock climb with different intensities. Rock climbing facilities can be found in major metropolitan areas. These facilities allow you to practice climbing in a controlled setting. You can also rent equipment at a facility, which will save you money.
If you’re looking for an upper-body workout, look no further than archery. This hobby requires strength in your arms, shoulders, back, and chest. There are different draw weights for bows. These determine how hard it takes to draw them. You can then decide how much you are willing to take on. Enjoy the exercise and watch your aim improve.
Whether you’re hitting the local beach or the swimming pool at the Y, swimming is a great full-body and cardio workout. Swimming may be an option if you have difficulty with other cardio exercises. Swimming is a great way to lose weight and increase your intensity.
Yoga has something for everyone. You can do yoga alone or with a group, at home or in a local park. Yoga can be a great exercise for the whole body and a relaxing practice. Grab a pair or leggings and hit the mat.
This is a great option for those who enjoy nature. Herping is similar to birdwatching. However, your goal is to locate reptiles such as snakes and lizards. You should research the reptiles in your area, and only allow you to interact with them. That way, you’ll feel prepared to engage with nature on the hunt. Remember, your aim isn’t to catch or interact with them in any way, just to spot and admire them.
This list isn’t exhaustive, but it’s a good starting point. Whether you’re looking for an intense full-body workout and you’re ready to hit the rocks, or you want to find your calm in Warrior Pose, there’s a way to stay active on your terms this year.