Let’s be honest, there are a lot of things we’d rather spend our hard earned cash on than a membership to the gym. Nobody likes going to the gym, so its easy to resent having to pay a monthly fee just to keep yourself healthy — especially if you don’t have any budget gyms nearby. But what if I told you there are ways to get your exercise without having to worry about making the most of your monthly fee? You don’t have to force yourself into what can seem like a large room full of intimidating equipment and judgemental eyes. Here are a few things you can to make sure you do it properly.
It’s probably the most obvious sans-gym exercise you can do, and it’s also the one that doesn’t really require any extra equipment to partake in. The problem with running is that it isn’t easy to do over long periods, and people do have a tendency to push themselves too much when they first start out. Unlike running on a treadmill, running in the real world has no system to keep you running at a steady pace — meaning it’s up to you to do that instead. Finding the right pace and sticking to it can be tricky, and it might take you a while to figure it out. But there are plenty of apps that can monitor your pace, so if you need help you can always turn to them.
If you’re starting out from scratch remember to take it slow. Pick a short route to run to start with to get a sense of how you can manage it. If you end up finding that too easy, slowly increase it until you find something that you feel is suitably challenging. Most importantly, whatever you do, don’t burn through all your energy at the start of your run. Start off slow, and if you find you still have plenty of energy when you get to the final stretch then that’s the time to pick up the pace and sprint to the end.
The final point to make about running is don’t be afraid to slow down if it’s getting a bit much. Walk if you have to. Whatever you do, don’t stop and have a rest because that won’t help in the long term. If you stop, all you’re doing is telling your body that exercise time is over and that’ll make it even harder to start back up again. It may seem counter productive to walk, but at least you’re still moving and keeping your body working.