Contrary to what you might believe, the gym is not the only place to work out – even with weights. Of course, with enough money, anyone can set up a bench and barbell, but I’m talking about getting outside into the fresh air and sunshine, or do something practical with your strength. Here are some ideas to get out of the gym for a change.
While the biggest results will come from pumping iron, don’t underestimate the usefulness of body weight exercises. Head out to the park and do some pull ups on a tree branch if you prefer a structured work out, or just climb it up and down to have some fun with your workout. The goal is to try to break the habit of only considering your time at the gym useful to your strength goals – you can have fun outdoors while still making progress.
Every day tasks can be made into exercise with a bit of modification. Walk or bike to the grocery store next time you need a few items. Carry a bag with equal weight in each arm – this is called the farmer’s walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, and really engage your muscles as you climb. The world is your gym – take advantage of it, and see strength gains even without iron plates.
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