Not everyone is an athlete or even a serious exerciser, but want to work out in order to improve fitness or health. Gyms can be overwhelming and off-putting.
You might be surprised to know that some of the best exercises we can do don't require a gym at all! Our list shows just what you can do without a gym, they will help you get fitter, improve your balance and movement range, along with many more health benefits.
It doesn't matter how old you are or what level your fitness is at, these exercises are aimed at everyone.
1) Yoga - yoga is brilliant to help reduce stress and improve flexibility. It is made up of movements that flow into each other and classes come in all levels of ability, from beginner to advanced. There are lots of classes commonly available, or some great videos online, if classes aren't your thing.
2) Swimming - Has been called the “perfect” workout. The water helps support your body and takes a lot of strain off of your joints. Swimming is brilliant for improving your mood, as well as burning calories. Either go for a few lengths at your own pace or go all out in a water aerobics class.
3) Walking - As we have written about before, the benefits of walking are massive. It is free for a start, but improves cholesterol levels, makes bones stronger and lifts your mood. Good shoes and a pace you can have a conversation at, are all you need.
4) Strength training - Basically, the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. Strength training can be done without bulking up, it is just about improving the muscle you already have and keeping them strong. Be sure to lift properly and start light. You should be able to do around 10 reps easily, so if you feel you are straining, go for lighter weights. After a week or two lift something a little heavier.
5) Kegel exercises - Ok, so these won’t help you look better, but they will strengthen your pelvic floor. Your pelvic floor muscles support your bladder. Many women become aware of these during pregnancy and make the habit of exercising them. Men, not so much, but the benefits are equal. Simply squeeze the muscles you squeeze when you are needing the toilet, hold for 10 seconds and then release. Work up to 3 sets of 10 a day.
If you do any of these activities and have an aerobic workout for at least 30 minutes a day, you can call yourself an active person. It doesn't have to involve a gym, it just has to involve you.