5 Ways To Stay Fit Without Getting a Gym Membership


Let’s face it. Despite the diversity of options for gyms in most places, the gym environment is not for everyone. That is either due to personal preference of atmosphere, lack of self-confidence, or logistical issues, such as time or transportation. However, fortunately, there are several ways that you can stay in shape and get some exercise without ever stepping foot into a gym. 

5 Ways To Stay Fit Without Getting a Gym Membership

Consider the following five suggestions that provide a workout in an alternative setting.


Whether you go to the park closest to you and walk around for 20 minutes, take a day trip to whatever state park with hiking trails is most feasible for you, or even if you take an hour to explore your town or city. 

Consider it as taking yourself on a tour of your town, which likely would result in either re-discovering the town you call home or learning about your city of which you were previously unaware.

If you buy your groceries, there’s another walking opportunity for you. Choose a store nearest you and walk there instead of driving or taking the bus. You can also save money doing it. 

Walking and hiking are excellent ways to exercise without going to a gym. Anything from a brief stroll to a vigorous hike will most certainly be worth the time and the effort, and you will be happy that you did.

Donate Your Time/Labor

Volunteering in a community garden or with a charitable organization such as Habitat for Humanity or any other similar activity will get you moving and active without stepping on a treadmill and give you a sense of accomplishment and reward. The results of your philanthropic activities will also make you feel better inside and out. 

Your local Chamber of Commerce or YMCA would likely be able to point you in the right direction when choosing the suitable volunteer activity for you.

Turn Cleaning Into A Workout

Most weekly or daily household chores (vacuuming, mopping, general maintenance, and cleaning) involve a certain amount of physical activity, so why not turn these necessary tasks into a workout? Accomplishing this efficient use of your energy is as simple as putting on your workout clothes and shoes, turning on your favorite workout music, and just putting a little more energy into your movements as you finish your house chores.

Take Up A Sport That Suits You

Most every town and certainly every city has adult league teams that play various sports such as softball, soccer, basketball, and many more. Even if you’ve never played a team sport, there is a good chance that you will find a sport and team appropriate for your skill level and physical ability. 

And you might be surprised at how much you enjoy your newfound activity and the comradery of your teammates. You may also discover a talent you were previously unaware you possessed, which, like volunteering, will give you exercise, help you stay fit, and improve your mental and emotional health. If you find the right sport and the right team to join, it will most certainly be a win-win situation for you.

Participate In Obstacle Courses

Organized obstacle courses are a fast-growing trend in outdoor fitness activities. There are options for every level of athlete, many of which are also themed, making them more fun and interesting. Look for some of them in your area. They will give you a workout but won’t make you spend time at the gym.


Whether you are trying to lose weight or stay fit, there are plenty of ways to do so without stepping foot into a gym. This list is just some ways to do it. You can stay healthy and happy without spending money on monthly membership fees. So what are you waiting for?

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