Did you know that one in three Australians sign up with gyms every year? By the time June rocks around, there are a million excuses why they haven’t been. Well now you can stop wasting your money, you don’t have to have a gym membership and here’s why:
Setting up your own home gym is more affordable
Have you checked out the prices of treadmills and rowers lately? There’s no need for a second mortgage to set up a gym at home. Of course, if you don’t have the room. All you really need for a good workout are dumbbells or kettle bells in varying weights and a balance ball.
Online fitness apps
Having access to a smartphone means you can download a huge variety of free fitness apps. There are apps to track your nutrition, walking distances, map runs, calories burnt and even personalized workouts based on your fitness level and lifestyle.
Alternative lifestyle coaching
You can workout until your blue in the face, but if you are still eating the wrong types of food, it’s not going to make a different. Nowadays it’s more about educating people about embracing a lifestyle change rather than focusing on one particular area like exercise or diet. During 2016, Clean Eating was one of the big lifestyle trends. Being sugar free and chemical free was all the buzz. In 2007, the trend is leaning towards ‘Wellness’. It’s much more broad, but encompasses a body, life and mind type philosophy.
Fitness tracking devices like Fitbits continue to be a big seller. Previously, you needed a high-end treadmill with a heart rate monitor to be able to track your results. Now you can do it all with a fitness tracker, from counting calories burnt, steps and kilometres and heart rate. It even lets you know when you’ve been sitting too long.
Of course, there will always be a place for gyms, especially for those who are serious about body building, but maybe opt for a contract with no lengthy lock-ins allowing you to cancel at any time.