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Gym Alternatives – Staying Fit Your Way

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Let’s face it, sometimes the sweaty smell coming out of your local gym sounds less than appealing. Not to mention, being strapped to weight training is not the ideal concept of working out for everyone. If you’re one of those fitness enthusiasts who is looking to find the perfect gym alternatives, we’ve got your back.
The GR8NESS team has talked to other fitness lovers like yourself, we did some research about what’s out there, and found the best gym alternatives so you can stay fit – your way or the highway.

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Running

Running is perhaps the cheapest workout you’ll ever do. All you need is a pair of running shoes, our workout playlist blasting in your headphones, and the wide road ahead of you. Well, and a bit of will power to get out of your house and actually start running. But, just as you have “going to the gym” in your schedule, set up a time to go running every day. You can always drive a bit farther to a park or the beach if you live by the coast and have a change of scenery to keep things interesting.
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Bootcamp

For those looking for some guidance when exercising, outdoor bootcamps are a great activity. In a single session, you can burn between 500 to 600 calories – not that anyone here is counting those. What we love the most about bootcamps is the sense of community that you can build class after class; it’s always amazing to have others cheering you on during your workouts.
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Indoor Climbing

Did you know an hour of climbing can help you burn up to 900 calories? Indoor climbing is an exciting and fun way to get your workout in. It’s a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy as climbers body’s need to stay incredibly lean to be able to go all the way up the wall or rock. The resistance and endurance you need to excel at this sport are paramount. But beyond that, you’ll have a blast pushing yourself to the ultimate limit to reach the summit.
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Boxing

If what you need is to blow off some steam, you’ll definitely need to visit a boxing studio near you. Beginners and experts can enjoy a boxing match with no issues and burn up to 800 calories per hour. A boxing session with a partner or even if you’re only punching a bag will definitely help you de-stress, improve your cardiovascular health, and improve your strength. Try to mix in a boxing class every once in a while to shake things up and stay engaged with your fitness routine.
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Dance

Whether you sign up for a salsa class, a Zumba session, or ballet, dancing is a fabulous way to stay fit without ever setting foot at the gym. In fact, if you ask many dancers, they will do anything to stay away from the gym. The best part? You can enlist your best friends to join you and have a dancing night every other week. Or, enlist your partner and sign up for dancing lessons at a studio near you. Whatever the case, a dance class will help you stay fit, lift your energy better, and well, make you a better dancer. What else can you ask for?
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Barre

Gaining wide popularity, barre workouts are a fantastic way to stay fit. They are the perfect combination of flexibility work, strength training, and core workout. Barre helps you improve your posture, targeting every possible muscle – even the ones you didn’t know existed – and it is a low-impact exercise that’s incredibly fun. It’s also a flexible workout that can suit all ages and likes. Once you try a barre workout, you’ll see what the hype is all about.
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Streaming Videos

Let’s face it, whenever it is raining, gloomy, or snowing outside, getting out of your house is the last thing you want to do. But, that doesn’t mean your workouts have to suffer too. Today, there are possibly millions of fitness videos you can access with a straightforward tap. From fitness apps, to free fitness videos online, you can access a myriad of workout sessions that can range from yoga and Pilates to meditation and strength training to help find the perfect gym alternatives for you.
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Geraldine is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about self care, clean makeup and beauty, mental health, and relationships – as well as natural remedies and fitness. She’s a coffee enthusiast with Venezuelan roots, a former ballerina, and the sunscreen patrol. Most of the time, you can find her working on her skincare routine or trying a new dance workout.
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