Don’t Just Sit There! Start Losing Weight Without the Gym 

Tamara Johnson
  • Yes we all know that visiting a gym regularly is a great way to lose weight, but maybe your local gyms are too expensive. According to CNBC, the average gym membership can costs between $40 and $50 a month or $540 to $600 a year. 
Don't Just Sit There! Start Losing Weight Without the Gym 
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Whether you are a busy supermom (you all are) saving the day, Or a top level executive crushing it! Living and staying healthy can sometimes go by the waist side. Trying to lose a few pounds with giving up your life totally is not what I would call ideal right  

One of the top 3 reason why women say it hard to lose weight with a busy lifestyle is taking time out to go to the gym. 

Yes we all know that visiting a gym regularly is a great way to lose weight, but maybe your local gyms are too expensive. According to CNBC, the average gym membership can costs between $40 and $50 a month or $540 to $600 a year. 

 If you decide to add any additional gym fees like childcare, or personal training, that cost only increases.  

Its too far away. Is the 2nd most popular reason why going to the gym gets in the way. The 3rd came in as a close tie. Beginning uncomfortable working out in public or tired of waiting in line for a treadmill or workout stations. 

What if you could lose weight, stay healthy, and not have to go the gym. How would that impact your lifestyle? 

Guess What? You can and you don’t need the gym to do it. You can design your own program for shedding extra pounds. 

As long as you’re willing to practice healthy lifestyle habits, you can shape up anywhere. 

Let’s get right into it by taking a look at these ideas for daily routines that will help you slim down. 

Get your Working Out Without a Gym: 

  1. Equip your home. While you can tone up using just your body weight, you might appreciate more variety. Shop for gear that matches your budget and available space. That could mean an indoor pool or a jump rope. 
     
  2. Head outdoors. Wherever you live, you probably have at least a few months when it’s comfortable to play outside. Take advantage of the sunshine and natural scenery. 
     
  3. Play a sport. Maybe you need some competition to keep you interested. Schedule a weekly tennis date with a friend or join a volleyball league. 
     
  4. Go for a walk. Taking more steps adds up. Start out gradually with a stroll around the block and work your way up to a weekend hike. 

Eating to Lose Weight: 

  1. Consume more fiber. Would you like to eat more food while still cutting down on calories? It may be possible if you pick items high in fiber. As a bonus, fiber can help you manage your blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and live longer. 
     
  2. Increase your protein. Foods rich in protein can suppress your appetite so you eat less. Smart choices include fish, low fat dairy products, eggs, beans, and legumes. 
     
  3. Focus on whole foods. There’s growing evidence that processed foods like cake and chips are a major factor in becoming overweight. In addition to their empty calories, they may trigger your body to store more fat. 
     
  4. Drink water. Staying hydrated boosts your metabolism and makes you feel full. Carry a water bottle around with you so you can sip throughout the day. 
     
  5. Cook at home. Preparing meals at home gives you more control over the ingredients. Cut down on sugar and salt by enjoying family dinners and brown bag lunches. 
     
  6. Dine mindfully. If you pay attention to your food, you’re more likely to notice when you’re full. Sit down and chew slowly. 

Other Lifestyle Habits for Losing Weight: 

  1. Sleep well. Insufficient sleep can make you gain weight. Aim for at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Go to bed at the same time and turn off all electronic devices at least one hour before retiring. 
     
  2. Manage stress. Chronic tension can also be fattening. Call a friend when you need to talk. Find relaxation practices that work for you. You might play a musical instrument or take a warm bath. 
     
  3. Weigh in daily. You might have grown up with warnings to avoid the bathroom scale if it makes you uncomfortable. However, experts today often suggest daily weighing because it makes you feel more accountable. 
     
  4. Stay active. Maximize the hours in between workouts. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Tend to your garden or paint the trim on your home. 

Thinking outside the box:  

Create a workout group 

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Create a fit group online of coworkers or friends. Create new ways to workout play sports, biking or hiking. 

There are many places besides the gym where you can get some exercise. Combine regular exercise with other healthy habits to reach your weight loss goals and stay fit. 

As always remember to consult your doctor when starting any new diets or exercises 

Now Who says you can’t have weight lose with the gym! Not Me 

Until next time 

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