Run Girl Fitness

A resource for women of all ages to get accurate information, tips and answers on fitness and weight loss management by an IFA certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer located in Los Angeles, CA.

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Reader’s Question:
I’m a recent high school graduate and a gym membership doesn’t fit my budget. What’s my best option for working out?”

You do not need a gym membership to attain amazing results. I’ve only been the to gym twice, as a guest to my mom’s gym. While I did enjoy myself more than I expected, I’m still very partial to exercising at home. Not only is it cheaper, but it’s more comfortable. There’s no competition or pressure to overdo yourself, and possibly cause injury.

The way to the body of your dreams is to find a workout that gives you the results you want, but also enjoy doing so that you keep at it. Love dancing? There are a myriad of videos that cater specifically to dancing for weight loss. If you’re more inclined to squats and lunges, there are many interval and strength training videos that incorporate cardio to present you with a maximum workout. Gym memberships are not required in getting fit, motivation is. There are quite a few options here if your current funds cannot accommodate paying out of pocket to attend a gym.

Do it At Home
If you are new to exercise, you’re in luck. Thanks to the Internet, you can do workouts right from home with some of today’s greatest personal trainers. ExerciseTV contains more than a hundred workouts, including free full length and short form workouts in different styles, and also includes tips on how to stay fit. ExerciseTV is available online and On Demand, so you can follow a workout right from your television.

For the DVD route, I highly recommend picking up a beginner’s workout DVD in whatever style you’re interested in.The very first routine I did was Denise Austin’s J.H. Pilates and Yoga. I still pop it into my laptop’s DVD player on occasion, but I’ve done it for so many years that I’ve exceeded the level of this particular routine. Once you are doing a routine with little to no difficulty, it’s time to advance. Not only is it good for your body, but for your mind as well; over consistency gets boring and will make you despise exercise.

Go Outside
Outdoors is also a great alternative to the gym if you like running or walking. This is a great workout if done in 20-30 minutes three to five days a week. It can be done at a track, park or in your neighborhood. You can also incorporate lunges, squats, or any other moves during or after your cardio. Always immediately start and follow up running with stretching. This would be a good opportunity to try out yoga. If you live in an area where nature is just beyond your backyard, hiking is an amazing form of exercise as well.