New Year’s resolutions don’t have to involve a gym.
There are other effective ways to reach your fitness goals.
Changing diet and exercise programs is a starting point.
New Year’s eve is coming and there is a lot of discussion about setting goals. Every January 1, many people automatically flock to the gym to lay the groundwork for their fitness goals. However, registered membership is not entirely necessary because there are other ways to achieve your health and fitness goals.
With that said, you shouldn’t feel compelled to join the gym in January because it’s not a prerequisite.
Just because everyone else is registered as a gym member doesn’t mean you have to – even if you want to lose weight, build muscle, or build endurance. You can incorporate regular exercise and health practices into your daily life without having to buy expensive memberships. New York personal trainers Miriam Fried and Gretchen Raddatz tell INSIDER tips and alternatives to help you get back in shape from a comfortable home.
Your diet is definitely an important part of achieving your fitness goals. In fact, both weight loss and endurance are related to nutrition. That’s why Fried recommends learning to eat, and making healthy, tasty foods as an alternative to joining the gym.
“Healthy eating is a huge struggle for people,” she said. “It’s easy to get into the gym, but I find it much harder to prepare a schedule for myself.”
Get inspiration from bloggers, use traditions from other countries, or consult a nutritionist to help you plan your meals. If preparing food isn’t something you’re interested in, you can always look directly at your diet. Raddatz also advises you to be careful about the amount of water you drink because it can lead to dehydration in the winter.
“Make sure you’re drinking,” she said. “I know it’s really warm inside and it’s really cold outside, so people tend to drink less water and may dehydrate.”
Finally, decide to take a dance class you’ve always wanted to try.
INSIDER has previously reported that you need to burn fewer calories to lose weight, so adding exercise will only increase your calorie intake. Your chosen activity doesn’t have to involve a treadmill or a crowded gym. According to Cosmopolitan, dancing lessons, cycling, rowing and jumping rope are just some of the alternatives to burning calories while running.
Raddatz recommends that you find any interesting activity that makes your heart rate safe, which may include some of the things on your list. For example, if you like the fresh air and try snowboarding, try outdoor activities.
Stretching and recovery work is part of her client’s “homework” that can easily fit into any routine and make you healthier.
“Buy a foam roller and force yourself to sit in front of the TV set every night for your favorite 20-minute episode of the show,” she says. “Start doing this every night and reward yourself with this kind of entertainment or performance while focusing on recovery.”
In fact, flexibility is an important component of overall health and health care. INSIDER has previously reported that stretching specifically lengthens muscles and helps prevent injury.
Exercise at home.
Fried and many of her clients are in their homes, often with limited space and equipment. However, this does not mean that their daily work is limited. You can exercise at home with some cheap equipment.
“If you’re willing to buy equipment like bands, gliders and rope skipping, you can do a full workout,” Fried said. “I can easily put these three pieces of equipment together for exercise. In fact, I always keep them in my bag and I use them when I travel.
Developing habits for lasting health and achieving fitness goals is a personalized learning process. For some, it may include a gym, but others can exercise at home, outdoors, or even on their favorite TV show