I’ve recently ran into a dilemma. A loved one of mine has canceled her membership to our local gym because she does not like the gym atmosphere. She doesn’t like the smell, the sweaty equipment, and the fact that she’s somewhat of a germ-a-phobe doesn’t help either. She was a member for a little over a year, even got a personal trainer, but afterwards she slowly stopped going all together. With this in mind, I wondered what her options are to stay motivated and at least work out a few times a week on her own.
Purchase Your Own Equipment
If within budget or if you can bribe someone to get you one for Christmas, a stair stepper, elliptical machine, or treadmill are good cardio machines to have in the home. Rain or shine, you can get your cardio on without the worry of strangers sweating up the machine before you’re ready to use it. I personally would love an elliptical machine at home but until then, I’ll stick with my gym membership. Free weights are more affordable and are great to have around the home. I own a set of dumb bells that I use in conjunction with my stability ball.
Run Forest Run!
Running is a great cardio workout and it’s free. You can run just about anywhere and anytime. I enjoy running even though I do it mostly at the gym, the times that I do run outside, I always have fun. However, if your loved one isn’t a runner, getting them to at least walk 20 minutes or so a day is a good alternative.
Take Up a Sport
One thing that can be boring is doing the same thing fitness wise. There are several sports related activities that can help break away from the usual exercise routine. You can usually find tennis courts or basketball courts free for public use. Pick-up soccer is a great idea and you can find local teams through MeetUp.com.
Those are just a few of the things I know she likes so I will try to make more of an effort to keep her motivated by being more of an exercise buddy. I’ll see how this goes. It’s tough motivating someone who has no desire to stay fit, but when it’s someone you love, you have to find a way!
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