For many non-celeb types, going to the gym can be daunting. First, there’s the embarrassment of being seen in public with a less than toned body. Then there’s the pressure of keeping up with everyone else. For others, it’s simply that the gym doesn’t do it for them and they find it boring. Fortunately, you don’t have to go to the gym to get your dream body. There are lots of viable alternatives.
If you like to be outdoors, rather than cooped up at home or in an exercise studio, cycling might be the hobby for you. There is no end to the benefits. It’s good for your health. For example, cycling just 20 miles a week can reduce your risk of heart disease by half that of those who don’t do any exercise. It also strengthens the immune system and helps you avoid serious illnesses and conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. It also helps you to lose weight and tone up at the same time.
Like any exercise, you need to take good care to avoid injury. This is particularly important if you’re cycling on busy roads. If an accident does occur, make sure you find a company that specialises in cycle claims.
Celebs who cycle: Matt Damon, Beyonce, Seth Meyers
Walking And Running
Following on with the theme of being outdoors, walking and running are also good forms of exercise. They get the blood pumping and provide a cardio workout. Try alternating between the two to get the most out of your exercise regime. And ensure you warm up properly and take steps to recover afterward.
The good thing about walking and running is that you don’t need any fancy equipment, just comfortable clothing and a decent pair of running shoes. It’s something that anyone can do and build up to. You can also fit it into the busiest schedule.
Celebs who walk: Heidi Klum, Kelly Brook, Elle Macpherson
Celebs who run: Ellie Goulding, Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger
Pilates has something to offer everyone of different ages and abilities. It aims to increase general fitness and wellbeing, with an emphasis on the core. There are many benefits, including improving posture, muscle tone and balance. As specialist equipment is required and a qualified trainer to lead you, you will need to find a local class. This shouldn’t be difficult as this form of exercise has become extremely popular over the last few years.
Celebs who do Pilates: Liz Hurley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna
Sometimes, the best way to stick to an exercise plan is to build it into your everyday life. If you’re achieving something at the same time as working out, you’re more likely to keep to it and repeat it often. So, for walking and cycling try building this into your daily commute. Even if you can’t walk or cycle the whole way to work, try doing half and half. Get off the bus or train a few stops earlier and walk or cycle home.
Another good form of exercise is gardening. As well as getting a good workout, you’ll be tidying and maintaining the garden at the same time. Are there any other physical tasks you enjoy doing that could become part of your workout?
Make It Social
There are several advantages of working out with friends. The first is that it makes it much more fun. You can laugh and catch up at the same time. Another advantage is that it drives you forward. Having another person to exercise with can push you to keep up and compete.
If your resolution for the coming year is to get a VIP body, you don’t have to hit the gym to obtain it. Just find an exercise that you enjoy and stick to it.