You do not need to be a gym member to be fit. Aside from affordability, some people simply are not comfortable in a gym environment. Gyms may offer multiple pieces of equipment, but you really don't need fancy equipment to build muscle, increase cardiovascular endurance, or get lean and strong. Here are just a few suggestions for getting active outside the gym.
Get moving! Some of the best workouts are the activities that you enjoy the most; dancing, hiking, jogging, walking, biking, playing Frisbee, etc. A good pair of shoes is all you need.
Use your own body weight to workout. Squats, lunges, planks, dips, and calve raises are just a few of the multitude of exercises you can do without any equipment at all. Pushups aren't just to build a big chest; they are a perfect total body exercise to work your core, arms, chest and all-over strength. There is no shame in doing pushups on your knees either!
Invest in a simple but inexpensive 'home gym' and keep it simple! The equipment I recommend most to my clients are a stability ball, a set of resistance bands and a foam roller. The total cost of these three items may set you back about the cost of one month at a gym, but the exercises you can do with these three pieces of equipment are limitless and extremely effective. If resistance bands aren't your style and you are able to invest a little more, add a set of light, medium and heavy dumbbells.
Virtual personal training through Sharecare is an affordable and beneficial option. Personal training is important whether you were a high school track star, or if you are new to the world of fitness. Certified Personal Trainers have the expertise to help you with proper form, to create fitness programs for your needs and goals, and to be an accountability partner to keep you motivated and help you stick with it. While personal training at a gym can be a significant investment, virtual personal training provides you with an online coach at an affordable rate, while you work out in your own home.
Remember, you don't need a gym membership to get fit, just be active, do what you love, keep it simple and get moving!