It may sound like a cliché, but who doesn’t want to be slimmer and more energetic in the warmer, sunnier months of the year? It’s not for nothing that gyms fall over themselves to offer us special promotions in the spring and that the media also furnishes us with endless tips on how to lose a few pounds before the summer. However, not everyone is willing to invest a lot of money in an expensive gym subscription that they end up not using. Does fitness have to be expensive? The good news is that there are alternatives, if you can muster the necessary motivation and self-discipline. We have some tips and tricks on how you can get fit without spending any money.
Home training: Fitness in your own home
After a long day at work, all you want to do is go home, but that doesn’t have to mean putting your feet up straight away. The couch may be calling you, but you can always plant your feet firmly on the ground and do some sit-ups. Get a chair and exercise the back of your thighs while watching your favourite TV series. You can also adopt a new approach to your haven of relaxation, the bathroom: For example, use the edge of the bathtub for triceps dips, bringing toned arms within your grasp.
As you’ve probably already guessed, many pieces of furniture and objects in your home can double up as exercise equipment. YouTube videos are very helpful if you’re not sure where to start. You’ll definitely find a workout video that’s appropriate to your fitness level and the amount of time you can spare. Using your own body weight to work out regularly has many benefits, as you can work on your fitness at your own pace and at no cost whatsoever. If you’re prepared to invest a little money, a yoga mat, dumbbells or a rubber band are good ideas. Paid-for fitness apps can also motivate you to do the exercises correctly and keep sight of your goal.
Vita Parcours: Exercising in the great outdoors
Exercising indoors is not everyone’s cup of tea. As the weather gets warmer, we start to feel the urge to be in the great outdoors, which is precisely where one of Switzerland’s largest “fitness clubs” is situated. Did you know that there are around 500 Vita Parcours circuits in Switzerland? Started in Zurich at the end of the 1960s, they can now be found throughout Switzerland and are accessible to everyone free of charge. The Vita Parcours forest paths let you test your stamina, strength, coordination and agility at various stations. Get into shape in the midst of lush vegetation and inhale the fresh forest air. Exercising in the forest benefits both your body and your soul. Vita Parcours are also ideal for the whole family. Turn your trip into a little family outing and show your children that exercise can be fun while they’re still young. Children’s enthusiasm for fitness is strongly linked to that of their parents. That means that you’ll be doing something that benefits your children as well as yourself.
Jogging: Clears the head and trains the whole body
With a little perseverance, even the smallest steps can pave the way for significant changes. You don’t need much in the way of kit to jog and it costs absolutely nothing – apart from a pair of good running shoes. Run at your own pace, in accordance with the motto “no matter how slow you go, you’re still faster than a couch potato”. What initially feels like a brisk run will soon become a pleasant jog and you’ll be amazed how quickly you make progress. You can find plenty of training plans on the Internet that set out a step-by-step approach to turn even absolute beginners into joggers. Who knows, maybe you’ll really get the running bug and will end up signing up for a city run or a half-marathon! Joining a group or setting yourself a particular goal can have a huge impact on your motivation.
Fit (almost) without sport
There are times in your life when you just don’t seem to be able to get anything done. For instance, people often stop training when life becomes stressful. But you have to run your household, because it won’t do it by itself, so why not combine annoying chores with an efficient full body workout? Here’s how you can clean yourself fit: Incorporate little exercises into your day-to-day cleaning for more efficient results. For example, if you do lunges while vacuuming, you can train both your arms and your buttocks. You can incorporate squats when you hang up your laundry, which will also protect your back, because you generally bend at an angle to the laundry basket. This exercise is also perfect for when you are cleaning windows. Who wouldn’t want to kill two birds with one stone?
Sport as a preventative measure
Exercise and movement are essential to looking after your health. Regular exercise can play a particularly important role in preventing diseases, inflammation and age-related complaints such as dementia. Who doesn’t want to stay healthy and fit for as long as possible in order to enjoy life to the fullest? This in itself is a motivation to increase the amount of movement in our everyday lives. Exercise is one of the best preventative measures you can take to protect your health. Until we discover the secret of eternal youth, we can only do our best to delay the ageing process and get the most out of every stage of life.
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