The gym can be an intimidating place for those who are just starting out on their fitness journey. Stepping into a building furnished with large metal contraptions and endless mirrors that capture every angle possible, has the potential to amplify one’s self consciousness. Not to mention the variety of gym equipment that can appear quite daunting to someone who has never used them before. Ultimately, these factors can majorly affect one’s confidence levels and make going to the gym a difficult and unpleasant task. If this sounds like you, and the thought of going to the gym incites some form of nervousness, then there are a number of alternatives that you can explore that will not only be more enjoyable but keep you active as well.
This is one of the best alternatives for people who prefer their own personal space when working out, and the best part is, you can do this all in the comfort of your own home. The internet is a wonderful place with an abundance of free and informative resources for home workouts, so not only is it convenient, but it’s also an immensely cost efficient alternative to the gym.
As we currently face a global pandemic, home workout videos have skyrocketed in popularity and are freely available at a touch of a button. These videos can range from strength training to high intensity interval training with little to no equipment required. Even so, weights can easily be substituted by common household products such as a bag of flour, rice or sugar, if you don’t own the proper equipment.
Just because you’re working out from home, doesn’t mean you can't flaunt your latest gymwear. Part of the excitement and motivation to workout is being able to wear fitness clothing that accentuates your physique and boosts your confidence when you wear them. For a home workout outfit, a strappy gym crop top and a pair of killer scrunch bum leggings will have you loving your body, more excited and motivated to workout, and look good for the workout videos and pictures that we’re all guilty of taking.
Take On a Sport
Participating in a team sport has many benefits for personal development and your overall health. Team sports is a great way to boost one’s self-esteem and build strong relationships with others. Not to mention, you’ll find that playing in a team will practice your critical thinking skills and aid in building resilience as you face challenging situations.
Basketball and soccer are among the best sports for burning calories and can also improve your flexibility and endurance as players are required to run up and down the field or court during each game. Given the intensity of these sports, scrunch leggings may not be the appropriate attire, particularly during the warmer season as there is the potential to overheat. Luckily, scrunch bum shorts have come into existence so you can stay cool and still look stylish as ever.
Join an Exercise Class
Workout classes such as crossfit, pilates and bootcamps are a great alternative to remain active with the added bonus of it being in a social setting. These classes offer the opportunity to form new friendships and strengthen existing ones by creating bonds through shared experiences. The best part is, the classes are run by a trainer so you will be guided through every exercise by a professional.
As much as we love health and fitness, we understand the gym isn’t for everyone. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t be active in other ways. The wonderful thing about being active is that there are so many ways to do it while still having fun and feeling comfortable enough to be yourself.