I don’t know about you, but I do NOT like to exercise and work out! I know that it is necessary for me if I want to be a fit and healthy person. I also know that exercise will aid my efforts to lose weight. But I just don’t like to do it! In fact, I typically look for any and every excuse I can find to avoid it! I personally prefer to go outside for my workouts! But there is a heat wave happening in my area. I don't want to go outside and exercise, because it's hot!!!! So I have had to devise tips for exercising during a heat wave. It is harder to use the excuse that ‘it’s too hot’ when I have an abundant supply of options at my fingertips. Below I will share these options!
Join a Gym
The quickest solution is to actually join a gym. Research the gyms in your area. Visit those gyms and gauge the surroundings to pick the facility best suited to you and then join! A membership in a gym will give you access to a wide variety of machines that will help you keep up with your workout goals. You will have treadmills, bikes, elliptical trainers, rowers and weight machines. Some gyms will even offer classes and fitness groups. The opportunity for working out during a heat wave is endless if you join a gym!
Buy Exercise Equipment for your House
I had been biking regularly and I knew that I would not have that option readily available to me as the seasons changed. I was afraid that what skills and endurance that I had gained would diminish in the ‘off season’. I began to research options. I thought about getting a gym membership. However, I knew that with my schedule and long commute to work that actually taking the time to go to the gym would be a deterrent. I decided to look at some home options. I researched long and hard and eventually I bought an exercise bike. Now there was no excuse as to why I couldn’t hop on that bike and ride! It didn’t matter if it was bitter cold. It didn’t matter if it was scorching hot. Those excuses were invalid. I could ride inside my nice temperature regulated house whenever I wanted to.
While I bought a new exercise bike, there are plenty of ways to add a piece of fitness equipment to your home gym at a reasonable rate. Yard sales and flea markets frequently have used exercise equipment for sale. I know someone that bought their exercise bike for $25. It didn’t have all the bells and whistles and it didn’t calculate their mileage, but as she said, “the pedals work”. I personally bought a stair stepper/lateral trainer at a yard sale for $5. It might be boring to keep stepping and go no-where, but it certainly gets the job done! Ask your friends and put out the word that you are interested in a piece of exercise equipment! Years ago when I was training for a long distance bike event, I had a friend loan me an exercise bike. A few years later, I was given a treadmill and also a high quality weight set! People buy exercise equipment and then bore with it and/or get tired of having a ‘clothes hanger’ in the corner of their room. They just want to get rid of it and will happily give it away!
I have a treasure chest of goodies. In other words, I have a collection of workout VHS tapes (yes, I still have them even though I don’t have a VHS player) and DVD’s. I can open that treasure chest and within minutes I can be exercising my heart out…in my living room….in my nightgown….in the middle of the night…..in the air conditioned room! I have a world of options available to me. I can “Sweat with the Oldies”, or “Walk away the Pounds’. I can do yoga, step aerobics or toning. Anything that strikes your fancy…it’s right there!
But what if you don’t have a collection of exercise videos? Youtube is a fabulous place to visit. First it’s fabulous because you can visit my channel, but it is also awesome because you have a wealth of exercise classes available to you right on your tv screen. I have seen and heard of people doing Zumba and weight classes and I personally have done Yoga with a youtube yoga video. It is an amazing resource!
Small equipment to get to workout from home
There are a variety of things that you can get to build a small home workout center without having something like a big exercise bike or elliptical trainer. Sometimes space is an issue. No fear, there are other options. You can get resistance bands. These will use the weight of your own body to give resistance during movement that will help build muscles. You can buy a stability ball. I have one (two) and I have used it and I am SORE when I am done. You can get a great workout from that stability ball. You can get one set of weights or a kettle ball. The sky is the limit. Find what you have room for and use it!
Exercise with NO Equipment
What if you have NOTHING. There is no money in the budget. There is no space in the house. Nothing is going to work. I am here to tell you that you don’t need to have ANYTHING other than yourself! There are so many options and ideas for you
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