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Sandesh Palungwa Limbu
Sandesh Palungwa Limbu May 6, 2024, 12:55 pm
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Joining a gym or a fitness centre is a great way to stay in shape but it’s not the only way. For people looking for alternatives, here’s a list to help you get started.

WALK EVERYWHERE. A good pair of shoes is all you need. Set your pace at different levels to get the most out of this workout. Walk for at least 30-45 minutes every day. Take the stairs when you can. During work hours, make sure to get off your chair and walk around for a few minutes.  

CREATE YOUR BOOTCAMP. Bootcamp workouts are great fun. Create your own challenge with friends or alone. Try this circuit: jumping jacks, lunges, pushups, triceps dips, sit ups. Do each exercise for 60 to 90 seconds, take short breaks in between and repeat. The whole cycle can be done 4-5 times. Add different set of exercises or variations as you progress. 

TAKE UP A SPORT. There’s nothing quite like playing in team or going it alone. Football, futsal, hockey, cricket, wall climbing, cycling; take a pick of your favourite game and get going. Remember every expert was once a beginner, it’s never too late to start.

HIKING. With the fantastic hiking trails our country offers, it’s a no brainer that hiking is a great choice for working out especially on a weekend. An activity that can be enjoyed alone or with family, get some fresh air in the great outdoors. You’ll be filled with a sense of accomplishment and come back energized for the week ahead. Make sure to have on good sturdy shoes, a cap, some fruits and lots of water to sip. 

ON THE TRACK. Head to Dashrath Rangashala for a track workout. Running will be more exciting on a real track. Change your speed to challenge your body.

YOGA. There are several free yoga classes that are run outdoors; consider joining one. You can always practice at home or outdoors if you have learnt some level of yoga from a trained teacher. I would strongly advise refraining from just following books or DVDs on this one. 

DO MORE DOMESTIC CHORES. To get yourself into the right mindset, dress as you would for a workout before tackling your chores. Geared up, w put on some upbeat music and focus on the task at hand, adding intensity with a few pushups, squats and planks in between. 

VOLUNTEER WORK. Community service is of great value. Sign up to help rebuild homes, clean public areas, make toilets, paint or clean debris… it’s hard work but comes with a lot of satisfaction and definitely counts as a workout when you are constantly on the move. 

Just remember, your body needs to keep moving to stay healthy and strong. Climb walls, cycle, jump and dance, whatever you choose keep aside 30 to 45 minutes each day for an organized activity that helps you sweat, frees up energy and makes you feel good. 

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