You Don’t Need a Gym: 5 Alternative Ways to Get a Good Workout

With the new year right around the corner, many will be flocking to the gym to work on their New Year’s resolution to lose weight. But by February, maybe even the end of January, many will have fallen off and will wait until Spring to get right for the Summer. Since starting my fitness journey back in 2012 I’ve been asked so many times how I got started (I blogged about that here) and how I maintain the weight loss. One of my biggest pet peeves when attempting to help someone start their fitness journey is being met with MANY excuses. The top ones being “I can’t afford a gym membership”, “I don’t have time to go to the gym”, “There’s not a gym close to me”.. and so on and so forth. Well here are five alternative ways to get a good workout WITHOUT going to the gym!

Hiking Up Stone Mountain

 

 

Go Outside.

I know it’s currently winter in most parts of the country so this applies (mainly) to the warmer months. There are so many ways to get an effective workout outdoors. Head to your local track and GO! Do sprints, power walk, run, hit the bleachers. The possibilities are endless when on the track. Use your national parks and landmarks (the hike up Stone Mountain was no joke, if I lived close I’d be there three times a week). There are also parks and playgrounds with exercise equipment there for a GREAT full body workout. Get out there and do the work.

Make use of free workout videos.

Two of my favorite sources for effective workouts are Fitness Blender and Instagram. Fitness Blender is ran by a couple who posts PLENTY of free workouts where you can browse by certain body focuses, time limits, or series. Instagram is great for searching hashtags of certain exercises and seeing videos of the routines. There are lots of trainers who post free content on there, it’s an endless pool of exercises.

Invest in your own equipment.

Body weight is perfectly fine if you want a good workout but sometimes you might want an extra push. You don’t need a full range of weights or fancy machines to get that extra push either. All of my equipment (floor ladder, ankle/hand weights, weighted jump ropes, weighted hula hoop, resistance bands, kettlebells, and hand weights) has been purchased from Wal-Mart, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls, and Amazon for cheap.

Be active throughout your day.

This might be the easiest one. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Do squats after every bathroom break. Take the scenic route walk to the break room. Stand for a few minutes throughout the day while working. Little changes to get you moving throughout the day go a long way overtime.  

Take a drop in class.

Drop ins are great because it gives you access to fitness classes without the commitment of a gym membership. Depending on where you live, drop ins can range from $5 to $20  per class and require no monthly fee. This gives you the option to change up your workouts and try something new like Spin Class, Zumba, Bootcamp, Kickboxing, Yoga, and more!

Hiking up an active Volcano in Guatemala.

Now rid yourself of the excuses and let’s get these results!

28 Comments

  1. Reply

    Dot Forehand

    December 29, 2016

    Very good advice. I’m getting rid of my many excuses and taking control again. Thanks for the motivation

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      Ashleigh

      December 29, 2016

      Thanks for reading! I know I still have to check myself on my excuses as well, good luck 🙂

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    Doleshia Moton

    December 29, 2016

    This is great! It makes you realize that there is really NO EXCUSE because there are so many different ways to be active.

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      Ashleigh

      December 29, 2016

      Nope! gotta get it in where you can!

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    Sakina Jackson

    December 29, 2016

    I wish you knew how much you’re helping me! Thank you so much for ALL of your encouragement.

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      Ashleigh

      December 29, 2016

      Glad I can be of some help! Proud of you for taking control of your health, let’s get these results together!

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    Crystal Jackson

    December 30, 2016

    Ash! I’m so proud of you! I love your blog btw💁🏾😌 keep it up girl! I’m gonna start hitting these workouts myself!

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      Ashleigh

      December 30, 2016

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Sara

    December 30, 2016

    Great ideas! While I do love my gym, it’s always good to be able to find new ideas and things to do outside of the gym! (Plus, I just joined the gym. Home and outdoor workouts all the way for the last 2 years!) 🙂

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    21flavorsofsplendor

    December 30, 2016

    Great tips! Although I love going to the gym, I like to mix it up too. One Christmas my hubby bought me an elliptical machine for days when the weather is bad or I just don’t want to leave the house.

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    KenyaRae

    December 31, 2016

    Lately I have been going to the gym daily, but i can not wait until it warms up a bit so i can get back outside and do more random activity rather than relying on going to the gym. I have an elliptical I begged my hubs for and I need to start using it so he will stop side eyeing me.

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    kemkem

    December 31, 2016

    Nice post. I haven’t been to a gym in almost 2 years but l love the first advice…getting out. I get my exercise through walking, especially when we travel. I sometimes also do a video workout on youtube :-).

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      Ashleigh

      January 1, 2017

      I love working out outside in the spring and fall.. summer is a no go for me lol

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    erinlivelovelaugh

    December 31, 2016

    I can’t even think of an excuse to not get off my butt now lol. I really love the drop in class idea. I can switch things up with little commitment.

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      Ashleigh

      January 1, 2017

      You got this! 🙂 No excuses in 2017!

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    mimicutelips

    January 1, 2017

    Exercise is such a struggle for me. I have everything I need in my basement yet I can’t motivate myself to get it done. *sigh* I have to do better.

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    Latoya Scott (@lifeandabudget)

    January 1, 2017

    There are so many ways to stay fit these days. Most of the time not having a gym is just simply an excuse. These are great ways to stay fit for those that really want to be.

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    Jonna

    January 2, 2017

    I actually have 2 gym memberships. 1 is at the gym that offers lots of group classes, which I enjoy for cardio. The other is Planet Fitness, which doesn’t have group classes but is very close to my house and I usually go there for strength training which I prefer to do by myself. But these are great alternatives if the gym is not someone’s thing or they don’t want to spend the money.

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      Ashleigh

      January 2, 2017

      Great! I definitely have nothing against gyms and use the one in my apartment.

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    naetorious

    January 2, 2017

    I have got to hike up Stone Mountain again. I felt great afterwards. 💓

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      Ashleigh

      January 2, 2017

      Yes! It felt great once at the top, I even did burpees up there!

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    MUAKimPorter

    January 2, 2017

    Great advice for those like me who want to exercise but complain of not having the time or whatever. LOL Don’t judge me.

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      Ashleigh

      January 2, 2017

      Lol no judgement this way, you got this!

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    T. Espi (@TheStyleMedic)

    January 2, 2017

    Great tips! Drop in classes are how I got hooked on Zumba.

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    Donna Shana (@byDonnaShana)

    January 2, 2017

    Good list. I have a membership but it feels really good to workout outside when the weather is right. I’m going to be consistent with my exercise this year. Thanks for this push

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    Tanya Barnett (@RealWifeCoach)

    January 4, 2017

    I do all of the above. I love drop in classes an punch cards. There is no pressure if you can’t make it.

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    cleverlychanging

    January 5, 2017

    This year I need to do something to make my health a priority. I want to do a fun class like rock climbing so i’ll stick with it.

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    Lashonda

    January 5, 2017

    These tips are perfect. Im about to start my fitness journey

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