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    • Smurphington
    • By Smurphington 5th Aug 18, 7:39 AM
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    Can you get fit without a gym
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    • 5th Aug 18, 7:39 AM
    Can you get fit without a gym 5th Aug 18 at 7:39 AM
    I'm a single mum who works 4 days a week so going to the gym is just not a possibility at the moment. I used to enjoy fitness classes and did a lot of them but nowdays walking (which i do a lot of whilst pushimg a 3yr old aroynd) is about the most i do. I was wondering if I could get a bit fitter/build a bit of muscle doing exercise dvds/ you tube videos and if anyone has any recommendations?
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    • lesta_jesta
    • By lesta_jesta 30th Aug 18, 4:22 PM
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    I don't have anyone to help me with childcare unfortunately so park runs are out
    Originally posted by Smurphington
    You can walk/jog/run with your child in a buggy at parkrun and they are free and newby and family friendly. Lots of families do it together and there is always someone to run with and talk too. Best wishes l hope you manage to find something that suits you
    • Maxson
    • By Maxson 31st Aug 18, 12:20 PM
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    I can recommend a book called 'You are your own gym'. Also try the 200 squats program.
    • hatter68
    • By hatter68 17th Sep 18, 3:52 PM
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    I have the DVD you are your own gym Mark Lauren highly recommend.
    • jack07
    • By jack07 30th Sep 18, 4:13 PM
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    yes you can.
    you can watch work out channels or just go on youtube. You can aslo do some parkrun
    • Stephenmac
    • By Stephenmac 30th Sep 18, 4:53 PM
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    Hi. I got a cross trainer machine from Freeclycle and using it I lost 2 stones in weight and toned my body. The machine broke eventually. They are bulky in the room but I did not need a gym to get fit.
    • jonybrown
    • By jonybrown 3rd Oct 18, 4:05 AM
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    Your fitness gains are determined by what you do, not where you do it. Start using resistance bands and going for the occasional run. Also, Check cardio sessions on youtube (Joe Wicks) and start with 20-30 minutes and then try to increase your time.
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 3rd Oct 18, 9:51 AM
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    On from my earlier post..... I still don't go the gym as I don't enjoy it. I do play football two or three times a week though, the occasional run and resistance bands and since losing weight and pushing myself harder in matches I've become noticeably fitter
    • southernsun
    • By southernsun 3rd Oct 18, 12:05 PM
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    Been working out from home for 3 years now. My current routine is Suspension Training on Monday (got the Decathalon version of TRX for £15 and its great, just attach it to a door for full body workout), Resistance bands on a Wednesday (lucky to have won a set but they are available for under £20 and again great full body workout), Indoor football at sports centre on a Friday and then dumbell/barbell routine on Saturday. Each workout is 45-90 minutes and the variation stops me getting bored.

    Gradually built up a decent set of equipment over the years and am fitter now (mid 30's) than I have ever been and more committed to exercising as working out at home is so much more convenient.
    • engineer amy
    • By engineer amy 3rd Oct 18, 12:53 PM
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    I usually do classes at my gym, but they have taught me exercises that I can do at home with no equipment - things like tricep dips using the stairs or a dining chair, lots of abdominal works, squats etc.. just need a clear space in the middle of your living room and youtube on the ipad beside you. My local Tesco and lidl often do promotions with fitness equipment - I bought some resistance bands, a yoga mat and a couple of kettlebells for just a few quid.

    One of the best things I could have done was invest in a Fitbit. I bought the cheapest one at £45 as it was waterproof and I do a lot of swimming. but between it auto-tracking your activities and tracking your own calories, water, movement etc on the phone app - it has been the best way of keeping me motivated to walk and exercise, having it all recorded seems to keep me accountable if that makes sense.
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    • joyknights
    • By joyknights 4th Oct 18, 1:33 AM
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    Yes, you can, all you have to do is to stay motivated, have a healthy diet and do cardio workout from home. It is better if you go some exercise with your loved ones as they provide a lot of moral support.
    • julianaray
    • By julianaray 9th Oct 18, 8:20 AM
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    Yes! gym is not only the place where you can be fit. If you are dedicated then you can fix a schedule in your home or in any public park area. Proper routine of exercise, eating habits and proper sleep can make you much better then gym.
    • Glad
    • By Glad 12th Oct 18, 9:30 PM
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    the MSE guide to free outdoor gyms is on the main site

    FREE outdoor gyms – could you save £100s a year on gym membership?
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    • TheMoneySpider
    • By TheMoneySpider 16th Oct 18, 8:27 AM
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    I will throw another vote in for Parkrun (and maybe in the few years Junior Parkrun for the wee one). It is great for fitness and motivation AND generally there is a brilliant community around it so you can meet a wide array of people from the super-fits down to mere mortals working through couch to 5k programs. The whole point of it is that it is free and totally inclusive regardless of background or ability.

    I did this map of the various Parkrun events : .047141722536374%2C-1.8825355333353855&z=7
    • adamhoward
    • By adamhoward 16th Oct 18, 11:27 AM
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    Yes, you can, all you have to do is to stay motivated.
    • justme111
    • By justme111 26th Jan 19, 8:10 PM
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    Enroll your 3 yo in some sort of class at the Center where you can do something as well. I had years of going to gymbwhile my daughter was dancing.
    Another vote for cycle to work as well.
    Befriend other parents for a child swap once a week giving both of you child free afternoon once.
    One who wants finds the way , one who does not finds excuses ..
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    • Biggest_Mint
    • By Biggest_Mint 28th Jan 19, 2:16 PM
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    Yep. Running is a great way to get fit without a gym. I'd suggest the NHS couch to 5k podcast series, and then get stuck in with your local park run. I recommend getting some decent running trainers too. Up and Running (if you have one locally) measure your gate and suggest the correct trainers, and they offer this service for free. You can then shop around for what they recommend.

    If you tie this in with some strength training, the lbs will drop off and you will be much fitter. There are plenty of at home training programmes which centre around strength training. I tried P90X, all you need are some dumbbells and a pull up bar. It offers a full body workout, concentrating on different muscle groups each day. Shop around for P90X videos and the timetable. Or you know, acquire it some other way.

    • ScarlettBrown
    • By ScarlettBrown 14th Feb 19, 5:44 AM
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    You can take online training. There are lots of online trainers.
    • ianbar0
    • By ianbar0 4th Mar 19, 7:57 AM
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    without a doubt possible few things have already been mentioned like park run which is free and usually well attended so lots of motivation to push yourself.

    joe wicks and many many like him are also good....just be aware he doesn't look that good by doing just 15 min intervals and eating well but intervals are a good way of boosting your metabolism.

    you sound busy anyway so generally you might be quite aerobically fit.
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    • mazzykinsxo
    • By mazzykinsxo 4th Mar 19, 4:51 PM
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    YouTube is your friend. Loads of free fitness video's you can do at home
    • Emily Adam
    • By Emily Adam 19th Mar 19, 6:26 AM
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    Emily Adam
    To get fit and doing gym is very important even when you have children. I advice you to frequent usually a fitness room and walk about 10 minutes every day. Itís help to get fit and to have dream body. It is also good for health.
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