The good intentions many of us have to go to the gym every day often become unattainable due to our busy schedules and the unpredictably with everyday life. The great thing is, exercise truly can be done just about anywhere.
I'm a personal trainer who doesn't own a gym or workout with clients in one. My philosophy is rooted in the belief that fitness is for everyone and can be done anywhere, an idea that first evolved (and was put to the test!) a few years ago while touring with a band. They were on the road, living in cramped quarters with sporadic downtime and in a new city every day: in San Francisco, we ran the steep hills and stretched near the Golden Gate Bridge; at Coachella, we worked our cores in the shade of a palm tree; in Toronto, we did planks, lunges and squats in a tiny green room at Massey Hall; visiting the Ellen Show, we worked on balance and flexibility in the waiting area.
Finding ways to get (or stay) in shape without a gym is totally possible, as long as you know where to begin. Remember these four tips and you'll be able to find time and space for fitness, no matter where you are:
1. Simplify your workouts.
When we were younger, we didn't need equipment, gyms or even a reason to be active ... we just were. Reintroduce that youthful approach into your life. Find moves you can do anytime, anywhere, like bodyweight squats, planks, pushup variations and jumping jacks.
2. Plan ahead.
Lack of preparation typically leads to poor decision making. If you plan ahead, you're setting yourself up for success. Wherever your travels may take you, be sure to do a little research on what the area has to offer. Maybe there's a hiking trail nearby or a quiet spot in a park to do some core exercises. Bonus? You'll probably see a part of the city that's a little off the beaten path.
3. Create time.
Life is busy, but we almost always have time for a quick workout every day. You can do exercises to strengthen and tone your body without having to change into workout clothes: find stairs and do calf raises; use a chair to do tricep dips; use an open expanse of wall for wall site; go for a walk on your lunch hour. You'll discover you have many workout options that require no equipment and very little time.
4. Buy a DVD or attend a workout class.
Especially ones that specialize in bodyweight and cardio exercises so you have knowledge of what workout moves you can use on the go. The issue many people run into with exercising alone is not knowing what to do or how to do it. The exercises you can do on the fly, in a small space using just your body are endless, but it's necessary to use proper form.
If you're still stuck on what to do or where to begin, try these five simple, no-gym-required workout moves that you can do anytime, anywhere.