Often costly, regularly unused and generally not the incentive you want it to be:
For some, a membership to a gym can kickstart their fitness journey, for others, it’s just an extra monthly obligation in your bank account that goes unused. If you think gyms are the only place where you can get your exercise in and stay healthy, that’s far from the truth.
If you’ve got a busy lifestyle, whether it’s a long workday, parental obligations or anything else, getting to the gym regularly isn’t all that practical.
So, how can you get in that fitness time outside the gym? There are plenty of other options beyond treadmills and exercise bikes to up your fitness level. Here are just a few reasons you don’t need to gym to keep fit and healthy:
You’re more likely to keep up a routine that’s minimum effort
We all know the feeling of getting home at 6 or 7 pm and purposefully avoiding the gym bag waiting for you by the door. Similarly, that snooze on your alarm is all too tempting every time you’ve got a morning workout planned.
The truth is, a gym routine takes much more effort than a lot of people can handle every single day. Plus, add in travel, fuel cost, parking, and walking across the parking lot in the rain......yuk!
Exercise that’s minimum effort is far more likely to be consistent in the long-term, giving you all the fitness benefits without the will-they-won’t-they gym debate.
You don’t need expensive equipment to improve your fitness
While expensive exercise bikes and high-tech treadmills are some of the appealing aspects of a modern gym, that equipment isn’t necessary to maintain a level of exercise and fitness for the average person.
Using fitness games like Beatsaber, FITxr (and others) etc, you can up your level of fitness without the use of costly equipment or an expensive membership – saving you costs while helping your health at the same time.
According to Harvard Medical School, half of the exercises they consider most important don’t require a gym, so while it’s a nice-to-have, it’s not a must for you either.
Exercising outdoors is better for your mental health
As I write and look out of the window, all I can see is rain (Yep UK weather is so peachy), but putting your VR headset on, can, and will, take you to places you will never have imagined, bringing the outside in (to a headset)!
According to NCBI a ‘green’ exercise environment can significantly benefit your mental health – so it’s well worth looking to fitness games that make that possible.
If you think you need a gym to up your fitness, think again, a VR headset is all you need to get a full and proper workout. So while some people do best in a dedicated fitness environment, for others getting in your exercise in other ways is far more suitable.
Find what works best for you, and you’ll be on track to getting all the training you need each day, because most headsets come with health tracking features and visual dashboards, so set yourself a daily/weekly challenges.
The great thing about VR, is once you own the headset, the games are pretty cheap, and monthly subs are a lot less than a physical gym charges.
Winner winner chicken dinner (what does chicken taste like in VR?)
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