Sunday, August 27, 2017

Workouts Without A Gym

Sometimes you may find yourself without a gym and you are forced to take time off from your normal workout routine. Where some people find an excuse to give up others might find an opportunity to adjust their workout to do something new that keeps them motivated. Not having access to a gym doesn't mean you can't engage in fitness.

I live part of the time in a small logging town in the northern part of Michigan. Sundays are the day that almost nothing is open. The gym is closed and you are on your own. There are other times where you may be staying at a backwoods cottage without any access to a fitness center. And yet for others, traveling and staying in hotels is an issue.

Your body has its own gym built into it. You can complete cardio, weights and flexibility training without necessary picking up a single weight or jumping on an elliptical machine. Here are a few ideas that may help you when you don't have an opportunity to go to the gym:

1. Cardio: Jogging, walking, or cardio videos on YouTube. Put on your shoes and hit the street and start running or walking. If you are forced to stay inside then look for YouTube videos.

2. Weight Training: Push-ups, sit ups, leg lifts, squats, bur-pees and other body weight exercises. There are a lot of them so you might want to search around and look a few up. Don't forget that some isometric exercises also work well.

3. Flexibility: Consider the benefits of yoga and Pilates. You can increase strength and flexibility without even breaking a sweat. You only need a couple of feet to engage your body and mind.

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