By Crisyl Ursabia
Chalk Campus Correspondent
Not everyone loves to go to the gym to get fit. Some people think it's a waste of time and money considering its not-so-cheap membership fee. However, going to the gym is not the only way to achieve that summer bod and keep healthy. Here are some easy alternatives you can try if you don't like going to the gym:
1. Walk or bike to places. Biking makes you burn calories as much as brisk walking. So if your school or workplace can be reached through walking or biking, why not include this to your morning routine? It helps you stay fit and as a bonus, you can save up your Uber fare or your gas budget.
2. Go for a swim. Swimming for half an hour burns 207 calories and provides an all-over body workout. It exercises and tones your muscles and builds endurance. To add to that, swimming helps maintain a healthy heart and lungs. And as a bonus, swimming is a good way to relax and hang out with friends.
3. Learn a new form of martial arts. If you're adventurous and want to try something new, you may want to consider learning martial arts. Aside from the various forms of martial arts you can choose from, there are a lot of benefits you can get from this. You're able to exercise your body while learning respect, discipline, self control, stranger awareness, and self defense.
4. Try yoga. If you want to exercise while relaxing, roll out that mat and do some major stretching. Aside from improving your flexibility, it helps build muscle strength and prevents joint breakdown. It also protects your spine and helps in perfecting your posture. Aside from the physical health benefits you can get from yoga, studies show that yoga helps you focus, gives you peace of mind, and helps you sleep deeper. A study by Richard Davidson, Ph. D. even showed that yoga practice shows heightened activity in the left prefrontal cortex which is associated with greater levels of happiness!
5. Run the stairs. Who says exercising is only for people who has budget for it? Running the stairs is probably one of the best way to exercise for people on tight budget. All you need is a staircase (the steeper the better) and the motivation to work your way up and down again and again. It helps in shaping your butt, developing your thighs, and strengthening your heart and lungs!
6. Get in a hula hoop. Another cheap and convenient way to exercise is by using a hula hoop. It's a full body workout that has been proven to burn 400 calories in an hour. Studies even show that hooping burns visceral fat, the fat that is hardest to get off the older you get. It also strengthens stomach muscles while burning fat so if you want to show off those killer abs next summer, start hooping today!
7. Engage in a new sport. If you want to socialize while getting fit, try a new sport. It increases your overall body strength while reducing body fat. Aside from the health benefits, you will meet people with the same interests and establish connections with them!
You don't have to spare a chunk of your budget to keep yourself healthy and fit. You just have to find the perfect option that will work for you. And with all these alternatives, there's no more reason not to exercise!
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