Have you ever wanted to get in better shape than you are right now? It’s a natural feeling to want to be faster and stronger, and getting in shape is great for your overall health. But sometimes, the prices of gym memberships are too much to bear; after all, humans have been getting and staying fit for thousands of years without the help of professional equipment and trainers. So, what can you do if you want to get in shape but don’t want to spend the money? Here are some options.
Running has been a human activity and occupation for as long as civilization has been around. In ancient Greece, distance running was a popular sport, and is actually the birthplace of the modern marathon. Two thousand years later, running is a popular way to get exercise. It’s free, you can do it almost anywhere, and it’s a great way to get cardio done. If you’re new to running, it’s important to start with shorter distances, (beginning with just a mile is a great start) before building up to longer distance goals. However, with practice, dedication, and a good pair of comfortable running shoes, the sky is the limit!
Improve Dieting Habits
Most people know that exercise is a big part of getting in better shape; however, exercise won’t do much without an improved and balance diet. No matter what you do in the gym, your diet is the chief indicator of your health. The first step in balancing your diet is to try and lower, or even cut out, fried foods and sodas. Focusing on eating lean meats, vegetables, and drinking water is a great way to feel better on a day to day basis. Eating protein is important in gaining muscle, and staying hydrated throughout the day makes sure your body can perform at its best when you need it to the most.
Think the only way to build muscle is with complicated machines? Think again. Performing calisthenics is a smart, efficient, and free way to build muscle. Creating a daily, manageable combination of push-ups, sit-ups, dips, and various other body weight exercises allows you to perform strengthening techniques anytime, anywhere. Committing to even ten minutes per day of body weight exercises is a great start upon which you can build a full exercise regimen.
Exercising, and the larger goal of getting in shape, can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. By committing yourself to taking better care of your body by eating fresh food, staying hydrated, and working out regularly, you can take the next step towards a better lifestyle. The name of the game is consistency; it doesn’t have to be the hardest workout to count; regular exercise is more important than a vigorous routine. And it’s okay to start small! The first step forward counts more than any other. Good luck!