So, you’ve always hated the sounds of going to the gym but you want to start sweating and getting active. We don’t blame you – sometimes the thought of commuting, waiting for machines, and packed gyms are enough to derail your motivation. The last thing you want to do is let your excuses win and not commit to anything at all. Exercise and getting healthy is all about moving and activating your muscles. After all, who said you need a dumbbell or the latest piece of exercise equipment to kick start your fitness goals?
Here are 5 free (and fun) activities you can do that has nothing to do with a crowded gym…
Hiking is a great low impact, aerobic activity that burns hundreds of calories and often rewards you with a beautiful view once you’ve reached the peak of the mountain. Some great health benefits of hiking are improved cardio-respiratory (heart, lungs), increase lean muscle tissue and lowers your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. An easy way to influence your health, connect with friends along the way and for getting some fresh air!
Swimming is a great way to expend calories while protecting your joints. Whether swimming at your local pool, lake or ocean, its a perfect activity to complement your cardiovascular health, and activate almost all of the muscles in your body (especially your core). Swimming is an important skill to learn and one that aids with flexibility and range of motion for your joints. An effective way to burn un-wanted fat while working on your breathing patterns – which in itself helps decrease stress!
Vancouver is known for hundreds of bike rental shops and the world famous sea-wall! An average bike ride done at 50-65% of your maximum heart rate for 10KM’s is a great way to burn fat, and to build up strength in your legs, hips and core. Biking is mainly an aerobic activity that your heart, joints and energy levels will all thank you for!
Did you know a simple 10-15 minute session in a Sauna or Steam room can reward you with amazing health benefits? A great activity that will get your heart level increased, while flushing out harmful toxins from your body making you feel great. In addition to its cardiovascular rewards, saunas are a great way to make your immune system stronger, improve clarity in your skin, and a simple way to burn calories and boost endorphins making you feel happy and full of energy!
At home 7 minute express workout
Got 7 minutes to spare? Try this quick living room workout! You’ll be surprised what a short, intense circuit can do!
20 Body Weight Squats
10 Push Ups
30 Second Plank
20 Alternating Plank Arm Rows
16 Lunge Exchanges
30 Second wall sit while alternating overhead punches
20 Second Mountain Climbers
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