All of us have dreamt of having a flat belly and ripped body. But have we achieved it? The probable answer would be only five percent or even less than that. But why? Haven’t we tried dieting and restricted ourselves to a single meal in a day? We have developed an opinion that hitting the gym is the only solution to our big belly problem. But this isn’t the case. Here are few gym-free workout tips to help you build a fitter physique, with insight from Rui Li, an associate clinical professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Northeastern University who studies training strategies for fitness and sports performance.
Firstly, turn your home into a workout place. Although doing housework won’t replace your gym workout, it can significantly reduce your sitting time, better manage your blood sugar level, elevate your heart rate, and improve your overall health. For example, mopping the floor can burn more than twice the calories you’d burn at rest—or even during a moderate workout. Secondly, Take advantage of TV time—which amounts to almost five hours per day for the average American, according to a report from Nielsen. Don’t be a couch potato. If you have the space to make a workout station, you can invest in a stable exercise bike or treadmill. One can also use free weights or exercise bands to work your whole body, all the while following the rhythm of the music during a TV show or commercial. The goal should be to burn 300 to 500 calories for every hour you exercise while watching TV.
Next, take the stairs. Taking the stairs is a great way to add physical activity to your daily life. You just might take them more often than you do now if you think to yourself, “I am trying to take every opportunity to stay active.” And lastly, download a fitness app. Fitness apps can make your workout more structured as well as provide motivational cues and incentives—but they are only effective when you take action. Ultimately it’s up to you to make physical activity part of your everyday life.