The best way of keeping healthy is to keep oneself fit. From my previous experience as a gym trainer I could recommend a few exercises for you to do, but I truly believe that
“the secret to getting fit for free is to use every opportunity to be active.”
As students we lead a very busy lifestyle. Sometimes it is hard to find the time (or the money) to exercise. Here are four ideas to help you get started on the right track!
Walk whenever you can
Walking is underrated as a form of exercise, but it’s one of the easiest ways of getting fit, building your stamina and endurance. It’s proven that people who use this as an activity burn more calories thus lose more weight than people who visit gyms on weekly basis.
Try walking short distances rather than taking your car to the corner shop. Get off the bus one stop before work or university and walk rest of the way. Explore the wilderness and go for a bushwalk on weekends. To reap the most benefit, aim to walk 10,000 steps a day, and this could burn up to 400 calories. You could keep track of your steps by using a pedometer.
Cycle to Work / University
Rediscover the truly liberating experience of riding a bike and boost your health in the process.
There are quite a few bicycle paths, parks and tracks in Sydney that have been recently upgraded. Whether you’re cycling from work, university, or just for fun, the humble bicycle is a good way to exercise your legs and get fit. Cycling saves you money on petrol or public transport. If you don’t have a bike, you may be able to get a cheap bike from Gumtree, or just rent one from Centennial Park or the city. If you have an old bike that’s been collecting dust, consider having it serviced at a bike shop to ensure its roadworthy before taking it out for a spin.
Exercising outside is invaluable, even though this is the time of a year when many of us just want to stay indoor and hibernate whilst winter approaches. Just five minutes exercise at an outdoor gym every day could lead to an immediate improvement in your mood and self esteem, as well as physical fitness.
These places are situated all across Sydney you might have walked right past these “workout station”. They are fully rigged to help you workout your body and there are many exercises you could fit into the regime. Outdoor training provides you with the perfect total body workout, while training with the uneven surfaces would drastically improve your balancing and core skills.
Free gym passes
If you just want to give it a try at a gym or you are having withdrawal symptoms after cancelling your 1st membership, you could potentially take advantage of free one-day gym passes many fitness chains offer. Be aware that the gym will probably try their best to get you to sign up for a paid membership afterwards, but there’s no compulsion whatsoever for you to do so.
Usually you might find these offers handed out near universities, business parks or anywhere in the city, or you could just drop in at your local gym and ask them for a trial membership.
Are you a regular exerciser?
What are your tips for keeping fit for free?