How to get fit without the gym

ID-10035216Going to the gym may sound like the most daunting thing in the world, especially with a dreadful hangover after a cheap student night out, and not to mention trying to find the time to fit in an hour work out session around your lectures.

But fear not, because keeping fit without a costly gym membership isn’t all that difficult. Gym memberships don’t come cheap, especially for us students and I’m sure that many of you would rather keep the £30 a month for a well deserved night out right? Well, if that’s the case then read on.

Here are 10 ways for you to get fit without a gym membership – make a few little changes to your diet, and you’ll be on your way:

1) Keep Hydrated

Water is a miracle. It may be a boring drink, but it keeps your body healthy and hydrated. Swap a can of coke for a bottle of water and it’s guaranteed you will feel better for it.

2 ) Ditch Public Transport

University may only be around the corner so walk instead of jumping on the campus bus. It may not seem like a lot of exercise but a 15-minute walk will do you the world of good.

3)  Stop the hangover food

When hungover, the last thing we crave is a salad. But eating takeaways is only going to make you feel more sluggish. When you eat well, you feel good. So cook yourself a good dinner with plenty of vegetables.

4 ) Try a workout DVD

If you are the type of person who doesn’t like doing much exercise, or exercising in public, purchase a workout DVD that you can do in your spare time. Or better yet, find some on YouTube. There are plenty of videos to suit everyone that you can give a go. Whether it’s sit-ups, or the 30-day squat challenge, it’s doing your body some good!

5) Make a food diary

Keep track of what you are eating. Plan your meals each week so you know you are eating right.

6) Try some local fitness classes.

You can find these near or at your local gym at a fraction of the price of a gym membership. You can pay per class, and there isn’t a membership to say you have to continue going. There is also wide range of classes to pick from – something for everyone.

7) Cut down on the drink

Those student nights out may be cheap and cheerful but that doesn’t mean you have to go overboard with the drink. Pick one drink for the night and stick to it. Avoid fizzy mixers and ciders, as they will quickly bloat you. Or better yet, why not order just a cranberry juice? Who’s to know there’s no vodka in there?

8) Cycle to Uni.

If you have a bike, get on it! This is a great way to stay fit, plus you won’t have to rely on public transport to get you to your 9am lecture on time, and you don’t even have to worry about the daunting early morning walk. Hop on your bike, and you’ll be there in no time. Plus, that’s your exercise done for the day!

9) Swimming

Swimming is a great and fun way to keep fit. Get a few of your mates together and arrange to go maybe once a week. You’ll be having so much fun you won’t even realise you’re doing exercise.

10) Try some fruit

Last but not least, fruit is one of the foods we all tend to forget about. You’d be surprised how good you feel after eating a little bit. Try and eat at least one piece of fruit per day, whether it’s for breakfast or pudding. It’ll make you feel great on the inside as well as the outside.

These are only a few of the ways you can keep fit without a gym membership. There are endless amounts of activities for you to get involved in. Don’t forget, even a little bit of exercise makes all the difference. And most importantly, it’s all about how you feel on the inside. Keeping fit doesn’t have to be expensive, but if you make it fun, then it’s even better.

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Rachel Robertson

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