Living well starts with your lifestyle choices. If you already embrace fitness and work out regularly, kudos to you! You’re laying the foundation to live longer and healthier. However, if you’ve fallen off the fitness bandwagon, now’s the time to get back on track with a fall fitness focus. There are plenty of ways to get in shape without having to schlep to the gym every day. With fall right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start a new exercise routine. After all, the holidays are right around the corner and you know you’ll want to indulge. Here are three ways you can kickstart your fall fitness journey.
Build a Personal Gym
Building your own personal gym is a fantastic way to start your fall fitness journey. It might be somewhat expensive, but as with almost any investment, there are a lot of benefits and ROI to be had. You’ll be paying a one-time cost for the equipment rather than a possible $50-a-month public gym subscription. $50 multiplied by 12 months equates to $600 every year just for a simple gym membership. That’s just the example we gave you. Some gyms can be ridiculously expensive. The average cost of building your own gym is around $1,000 to $2,500. This seems like a lot to finance in the long run, but as we mentioned before, you’ll be saving your money each month.
What you Need for a Personal Gym
The costs are mainly due to the equipment itself. Treadmills, ellipticals, weights, bench-press machines, and other fitness equipment is far from cheap. How you choose to go about this entire venture is ultimately up to your preference. Seeing as how this is your personal gym, you can put anything you want into it, which is how you’re going to be saving your money.
If your home is rather small and you really want to capture that feeling of being in a public gym, you can consider expanding the space you have. However, this is more expensive than the equipment and gym membership combined. Home renovations need to be taken very seriously before you take action. Remember to think long and hard about this before you make a final decision.
Regardless of what you choose, however, you’re going to need a solid financial plan. Budgeting is the way to go, but it’s possible you don’t have enough leg room to cover the expenses. This is where an alternative form of financing comes into play here. Taking out a personal loan to pay for the equipment and even the extra space is an amazing way to get what you need. Just remember to have your credit score in good standing and the necessary documentation first. Once you account for everything, apply, and start building your own gym.
Embrace the Great Outdoors
Whether it’s an at-home gym or a public one, no human being was made to constantly be inside of buildings for hours on end. Even avid bodybuilders understand the importance of being outside. Surrounding yourself with nature can have many positive effects aside from having a lot of additional space to do your exercise routine. Here’s a brief list of benefits that comes with exercising outdoors which can be especially nice during fall:
- It pushes your body a little further
- Spending time outside is proven to be an amazing anti-depressant
- It allows you to exercise in peace and tranquility
- You can make it a group activity with friends and family
- It soothes the mind
- It’s far less strenuous to do your exercises
Exercising with a stressed minds it can impact your overall performance. Stress can also make you tire faster and put an unnecessary strain on your body. Doing your routine outside can have the exact opposite effects. Though, it is important that you take breaks every now and again.
Sign Up for an Exercise Class
If you usually work out alone, why not make things interesting by signing up for an exercise class? Being a lone wolf is perfectly fine, but just like it is with the outdoors, people need human interaction. Not only that, exercise classes are taught by professionals, so it’ll be far easier to get into the swing of something new with help than it is learning it by yourself. Furthermore, it’s also a great way to meet new friends who are just as excited about physical activity as you are.
Try Something New
Every fall fitness journey should always have something new for you to look forward to. You can spend a good portion of it learning and adapting to water aerobics or a sport. You can also learn about energy-boosting foods to partner with your workouts. Plan this journey to the smallest detail as the fall season won’t last for too long. Still, make the most out of the warm weather and cool breezes as much as you can.