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6 Workout Ideas for People Who Hate the Gym

January 19th, 2017 at 2:00am

Motivating myself to workout is a struggle. It’s not the exercise part that I dislike; it’s the overall experience of going to the gym. To be honest, gyms terrify me. At my school, the gym is always overcrowded, especially with people who know how to work the equipment. I’d much rather workout from home…on my couch…in my sweats. (That’s a thing, right?)

The answer is yes…kinda. After doing my research and testing these theories, I found seven unconventional workout ideas that don’t have to be done at the gym.

1—Explore your hometown. Throw on your favorite sneakers and walk around. Even if you have lived in the same place for years, there’s always new places to explore. You never know what you’ll find. (Photo by @lynzrin)

2—Go for a hike. Similar to exploring your hometown, except on a whole new level (literally). Take your hiking skills to your backyard or even plan your next adventure around it. You’ll be so busy taking in the breathtaking views that you won’t realize you are actually out of breathe. (Photo by @mariae.pics)

3—Go for a run. Running can be done practically anywhere. Plus it’s every college student’s favorite word: free. Treadmills scare me, so running on campus a great option to get sweaty outdoors. For something a little more predictable, try your school track field. (Photo by @hannahstastny)

4—Yoga. This is good for your brain and your body. Take a class or just stretch in bed, either will get the job done. Pick up a yoga mat to take this workout on the go. (Photo by @ksugurugang)

5—Go on a bike ride. Ditch the car and bike to class. Biking is a great workout and not harmful towards the environment. You’ll be saving gas and the world. (Photo by @ambber_k)

6—Pick up a new hobby. Tennis, racquetball, or soccer—test them all out until you find one that sticks. Many schools also offer intramural sports, so that’s another option to get involved on campus, meet new people, and stay free and clear from the gym. (Photo by @brdy94)

Hopefully, these tips help you get over your gym intimidation. And if all else fails, remember there is always cute athleisure wear to inspire you as well.