The decision many have to make is whether or not they can afford the cost of a gym membership. This can be a deal breaker for those who are cutting back every year to make ends meet. Now, if you decide that you aren’t going to sign that contract there is hope! That doesn’t have to be your excuse for not getting in shape.
Bodyweight exercises are all the rage and the reality is they are some of the most effective. Pushups are a great way to work the chest, arms, shoulders and core. Pullups, while extremely challenging, are great for the back, arms and shoulders. Squats are for the legs and glutes. For your cardio there are many great trails to walk/hike/run or jump on a bike and go for a ride.
There are also three pieces of equipment that you can purchase that would last you many years and not cost a fortune. The TRX is amazing for strength and core stability. This was developed by a Navy SEAL and will give you a great workout that you can take anywhere. The Lebert Equalizer is also great to work the upper torso. Finally a simple stability ball is one of the best things to work abs and lower back.
Don’t misunderstand, going to a gym is great motivation and gives you many options, but if you can’t afford it there is a way.
Until next time…