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Declare Your Independence from the Gym

10 Ways to Get Fit without Fancy Equipment

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  • I'm partial to the Spark challenges and boot camps myself!
  • Very interesting.
  • I appreciate that many people don't like or are not close to a gym, but for me it is a life saver. I am fortunate enough to live very close to a spectacular gym where there are many women who look just like me. It is friendly, encouraging, and a great place for socializing too. Since I live alone I tend to feel isolated and unmotivated and a trip to the gym is often a psychological pick-me-up as well. I have weights and DVD's that have been used a few times but it is hard for me to stay motivated without the stimulation of other people around me. As I said, I am very fortunate. I figure my gym membership is just part of my health insurance.
  • This was a good article to help those who didn't like the gym for one reason or another. I realized that it was more difficult for a woman to work out in the gym with all those intimidating men and machines around. My advise would be to pay for a personal trainer just to get familiarized with the machines. It would be worth the money. I have been going to the gym for nearly 50 years, and it got harder each time. However, I managed to have the best of my workout on the worst day where I was tired and actually passed the gym and thinking about going home. There were many down times (lost job, divorced) in my life where I got the best motivation from the gym. It was true that my healthy body kept my mind active and strong. I had tried home gym several times but it didn't work, family interruption always got in the way. The main thing was to set your personal goal and achieve it.
  • This was a good article to help those who didn't like the gym for one reason or another. I realized that it was more difficult for a woman to work out in the gym with all those intimidating men and machines around. My advise would be to pay for a personal trainer just to get familiarized with the machines. It would be worth the money. I have been going to the gym for nearly 50 years, and it got harder each time. However, I managed to have the best of my workout on the worst day where I was tired and actually passed the gym and thinking about going home. There were many down times (lost job, divorced) in my life where I got the best motivation from the gym. It was true that my healthy body kept my mind active and strong. I had tried home gym several times but it didn't work, family interruption always got in the way. The main thing was to set your personal goal and achieve it.
  • I do not go to a gym but I work out everyday.
  • PLCHAPPELL
    Great alternate ideas.
  • Small changes lead to big changes and big changes lead to results.
  • Fit mind. Fit body. Fit soul.
  • tried this out and i loved it!
  • The gym, not my thing. I respect that it is for others. What we do share is a commitment to working out and becoming fit and strong. The suggestions given were great, yet since I am not a trainer and have no expertise...I don't always know what I can/could/should be doing. Also, I become bored easily and I appreciate mixing things up and trying new workouts. SparkTV and YouTube are great sources for those of us sweating at home. There are honestly more options than one could ever possibly do, and you can search for ones that meet your needs and work within any limitations you might have. Many also show modifications, and are free! After purchasing minimal equipment, I workout at home...five days a week. I have tried things I never would in a gym: tabata, cardio kickboxing, cardio sculpt, and Pilates. Just choose your trainers carefully...making sure they give form cues so you know you are moving correctly. My two personal favorites are Jessica Smith and Shelly Dose...find yours and exercise your strong, at home!
  • PATRICLAIRE
    If you're looking for a great way to lose weight that works take a look at my video where I explain how I lost 20pounds in 3 weeks! :)

    https://youtu.be/Ba086oM2NIw
  • Love the idea of the note cards! I can make up the exercises I can do as I have limitations. Thank you!
  • JRMCCOY63
    These are excellent tips. Though I do like doing aerobic exercises with others at the gym, I do prefer working out in the privacy and convenience of my home.

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