Going to the gym is sometimes a lot more complicated than it seems. There are many things that can get in the way; transport, money or simply not feeling confident whilst exercising in a public place. Since going to the gym is not for everyone, here are some easier alternatives to help you with exercise.
The average teenager should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Sadly, this isn't the case for most teenagers. Don't worry if this includes you, it is never too late to start living a healthier life-style. It's okay to start slow, it's a good idea to try doing as much you can a day but don't worry if you don't reach the 60 minutes right away. You will get there!
I am in no way a sporty person but recently I have been trying to become more active. Last year, I did two charity runs; a colour paint run and a muddy obstacle course run. This was a really fun experience which allowed me to raise money for a cause that means a lot to me and I would recommend it to anyone as a starting point for getting into jogging/running. I also started going to the gym occasionally, however I found that the effort of actually getting to the gym was sometimes harder than the exercise itself, which is why I started to find alternatives.
Here are some ways to exercise at home which have helped me become healthier:
-Dancing: Dancing is a great stress reliever and a fun way to exercise. You don't have to be good at it to have a good time whilst also benefiting your health. Put on your favourite song or playlist and just dance around your room.
If you don't have a play list try this:
"Just dance" is also actually great for exercising. Even after one song I always end up sweating. The best part is it doesn't even feel like exercising and it's great to play with friends. You don't even need the game, you can just find the dances on YouTube and copy the dancers.
-Jogging: Like I mentioned before, it seems intimidating at first but I found it really enjoyable after a while and it can really help reduce stress and anxiety. Just stick at it and you will end up looking back and you won't believe how much you have improved! I found music helped too, especially upbeat songs.
Here is a link to the app that I used: One You Couch to 5K by Public Health England
-YouTube videos: There are some great exercise videos out there you can watch for free! Whether you are a beginner or you already exercise a lot. These are really helpful if you aren't sure how to do the exercises correctly.
Here is a good one to get you started:
-Walking: Without knowing it, whilst going for a walk you are positively affecting your health. Try walking to as many places as possible! If you can, walk to school and instead of getting your parents to drive you places try going by foot. The same goes for riding your bike or scooter. You can also use an app on your phone to count your steps.
Remember to stay positive and be proud of yourself, set realistic goals and remember that being active isn't about how much you weigh. As long as your healthy, you are doing great! I hope some of these methods help, and good luck!