So like every college kid this summer, I came home and realized that all those nights of drunk eating, sugar-filled drinks, and easy-to-grab chicken finger meals from the cafe really added to my waistline. And like every other college kid, I decided I wanted to make a change.
Except, I wanted to do more than just lose the weight I gained, then fall back into the old habits. I was now a college graduate and had my whole life staring back at me (which is like, really freakin scary). I ultimately won’t be going back to two AM diner trips after all night studying, tour de Franzias, or living life without a full kitchen. So much was going to change about my lifestyle, why not make fitness more of a priority?
At school, I would go to the gym a few times a week (well, I’d try to), but was always guaranteed one day a week because of a set Tuesday spin class with my GG-little, Taylor (who is now teaching! Go Tay!). I was never a fan of the gym because whether it was true or not, I feel like everyone always stared at you, peek over at how fast you were going on your machine, or judged you. In spin class, I liked how everyone seemed to be so focused on getting the most out of their own 45 minutes and listening to the instructor, that everyone was pretty much in their own little world with the instructor.
But now that I graduated, spin classes aren’t free….. unless you have a gym membership. I was always self-conscious at the gym, so why waste money on a gym membership? Or even worse, drop ten dollars per spin class? No, thank you! There had to be free, fun ways to work towards being healthier and avoid the gym.
So, I spent my summer rounding up great ways to get fit, lose weight, and avoid a gym! And after months, and weight loss and muscle gained, I’m sharing with you my fun ways to workout and never step foot inside a gym…
Get off the couch and go for a run! // Trust me, I know it’s easier said then done. But I’m not talking easy, I’m talking free and easy right now.
The fall season is quickly approaching (buh-bye humidity, my hair can’t wait to see you leave), so the weather will be perfect for a morning run or after dinner to relieve stress from work. Put your earbuds in, relieve some stress, and get some fresh air!
If you aren’t currently a runner, there are tons of different apps to help you change your ways. If this past sentence described you more than you would like to admit, then the C25K app is definitely for you! All it takes is 3 days a week, 30 minutes each day, and in 8 weeks, the app will have you ready to run in your first 5k.
But if you are going to start running, you will need to download the free Nike+ Running app. It will monitor the distance you ran, how far you ran, and your average pace rate. Plus, another great feature is that the app will let you sync up your Spotify playlist! You can’t workout with a good playlist, am I right?
Count your steps // This one goes hand-in-hand with the last tip, but you don’t need to run to count your steps. Even better, you don’t need any fancy technology to do so, either. Before I bought my FitBit, I had the Pacer app (free, of course- can you tell I don’t get an app unless it’s free?). My entire family had it and we were able to add each other as friends and make a group, where we could all see who had the most steps per day. It created a competition between us- who had the most, who could reach their goal the fastest, etc. It added fuel to my fire to help me find ways to get extra steps – taking the stairs instead of the elevator at the mall, parking my car farther away when doing errands, and even marching in place when I would brush my teeth. I never realized I was supposed to be aiming for 10,000 steps a day. Before I started counting my steps, I wasn’t even close to getting this number. Now, I make sure I hit 10,000 steps every night before I go to bed. It was such a great step in kicking off my fitness journey.
Free fitness videos on YouTube // In high school, once I quit swimming, I would do Zumba Fitness on the Wii to stay in shape (despite my lack of rhythm..thanks mom and dad). However, as four years has now gone by, I knew most of the songs and dances already. I figured to take to YouTube one day to try to find routines. There were tons of videos and playlists put together for different levels of workout, different time lengths, and more. There were so many options!
After a few days of this, I got to thinking that there had to be some dances out there to some of the Billboard Top 100 songs. I searched “Cardio Fitness” and came across two fitness vloggers that I now do everyday…
The Fitness Marshall
As soon as I found Caleb on YouTube, I was obsessed with his channel. His personality comes through in each video, leaving me laughing as I work up a sweat. Caleb has dances to not only current hits, but as well as some of Britney Spears’ greatest hits – which can always get anyone dancing!
Dance Fitness with Jessica
One day in the car, an Ariana Grande song came on and I found myself moving along to The Fitness Marshall’s moves. I decided I wanted to switch it up and found Jessica, by going through my recommended stations. Jessica always kicks my butt, whether it’s a workout at home with her kids, a class routine, or a cell-phone recorded video (like my personal fave down below!)
Lastly // To kick off my fitness journey, after hearing a ton of positive reviews from many of my sorority sisters and vloggers, I decided to take the 28-day Advocare challenge. Though this wasn’t free, it definitely helped put me in a better mindset to start this journey. It helped rid my body of the different toxins that would weigh me down, help me feel more energized, and helped me learn more about what I should and should not be eating. For an extra jumpstart, I highly recommend Advocare!
I’d love to hear how you workout without the gym! Comment below and let me know. PLUS, if you decide to try any of these methods, I want to hear! I promise to respond back to all comments on this post and Instagram!
23 thoughts on “Lose weight and never step foot inside the gym…”
How cool are these videos!! I usually always go to the gym in the winer but in the summer I workout outside like go for run, stair climbs..etc.!! what a fun post.
I love finding alternatives to workout and lose weight outside of going to the gym!
THANK YOU FOR THIS POST! Like you, I feel very self-conscious at the gym. I’m definitely checking the two YouTube channels you recommended. Great tips!
I’m SO glad I’m not the only who feels self-conscious at the gym. If you check out The Fitness Marshall and Dance Fitness with Jessica, let me know if you liked them!
I don’t like going to the gym at all. It’s silly to me to pay for something when I can get my fitness on for free. Something that’s helped me is finding a group to workout with. I have a running group that goes out everything Tuesday for Taco Tuesday. We run and then go eat tacos. I think friendly competition is good too, so we use the Nike app to track how much we’ve run, both together and separately. Thanks for these awesome tips!
I’m not a fan of going to the gym, so I’ll definitely have to check out those videos!
-Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com
Hope you loved the videos!!
Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Great tips for getting a good workout outside of the gym! I actually love the gym but dislike classes (funny how different preferences can be right?) but I also enjoy running outside!
I need to check out some of those videos! I enjoy working out at home but I also love fitness classes so I try to do a mix of both.
At school, I would love to do a mix of both, too. Spinning is awesome! Hope you liked those videos!
My Fitbit is one of my biggest motivators! I love counting my steps and bumping up my goal.
Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com
Right?! My FitBit pushes me just like a trainer would. I can’t get over how many steps I wasn’t taking before I started using it.
I’ve really gotten into running this summer and I agree – so much better than the gym! It definitely helps any stress I have, too 🙂
I LOVE the way that running helps destress me. I’m glad it does for you, too!
I’ve heard that there are some GREAT fitness videos on youtube! I really need to look into that!
Ahh this is so great Sami! always looking for ways to get a good workout without breaking the bank!
– Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com
Hope you loved the YouTube videos, Rachel!!
I love my Fitbit and being able to compete with family and friends for the most steps. I don’t know about working out, but I’ve lost weight simply by just eating portion sizes!! It’s AMAZING how much we overeat!
YouTube fitness videos are my fave! Before I got a gym membership I use to workout via YouTube videos all the time!
Amy | Pastel N Pink
Now that I ended my gym membership (aka not free from school anymore – lol), I can’t get over how great of a workout these videos are. And I don’t even need to leave my house!!!
I’m training for my first half marathon so just my sneakers and some great music outside is all I need. If I’m trying to mix it up, I also like finding fun new workouts on YouTube 🙂
My goal is to be able to run a half marathon, which is how I found C25K!
Best of luck in your training!
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