Lots of people still don’t exercise because they think that you need a gym for that. One of the reasons why people think this in the first place is because the marketing people behind the gyms themselves never let you forget it for a second. They like to spread the myth that if people aren’t in a gym, they’re never going to get in shape. You don’t even need fancy exercise equipment in order to get in shape, and the fancy exercise equipment definitely doesn’t magically need to be at a gym.

Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with using a gym if that’s what you really want. I’m not insulting gym users. However, I really do understand why a lot of people don’t want to use gyms. For one thing, getting to the gym all the time can be really annoying. You might not have a gym that is conveniently located in your area. If you don’t have your own car or a reliable car, it’s going to be even more irritating to get to a gym.

Then there are the fees. One of the great things about getting your own treadmill or elliptical trainer or whatever you like is that if you use it often enough, it more or less pays for itself. It’s like an investment. That never happens with the gym. You keep on paying the fees and paying the fees and at the end of the year, you’ve spent a lot of money on the gym. Most people only use a few machines anyway, and they’re really better off just buying those machines. Within a year of saving money on the gym fees, they will have already accumulated enough money to buy exercise equipment themselves.

Gyms are not kind to poor people. One of the many reasons why poor people often don’t get the exercise that could help them reduce their medical bills in the long run is that exercising in their area is difficult and they would have to pay for the ridiculously high gym fees if they wanted to get any exercise at all.

Lots of obese people have a hard time at the gym too even if they are both obese and fit, which is a very real combination that the gym crowd tries to deny. Sometimes, the other people at the gym are actively mean to obese people. They might make the larger gym-goers feel self-conscious.

However, in some cases, conventionally muscular or thinner people at the gym might be really condescending to the larger people at the gym. Big folks at the gym get people telling them ‘good job,’ with the assumption being that they don’t go to the gym all that often or that they need thinner people to tell them all about how great diet and exercise really is. People of all sizes can benefit from exercise. Many of the health risks correlated with being obese disappear if the obese people in question still eat well and exercise, especially if they are confident about their size. If you’re obese and you think that you need to brave the gym and some of the obnoxious people at the gym in order to get healthy, rest-assured that you don’t.

If you have any space at all in your apartment to walk or to do strength-training exercises, you don’t even have to leave your apartment in order to exercise. Setting up an exercise mat on the ground and doing some basic strength training exercises can be more than enough. Using milk bottles instead of free weights is going to tone your arm muscles just as easily. If you can find anything in your house that requires you to use your muscles in order to lift, it’s something that’s going to work well when it comes to toning your muscles.

Do you have enough space in your apartment to move back and forth at an even reasonably brisk pace? You can take a walk inside your house that is going to burn calories and keep you fit even if you never want to leave your house. You can do that while listening to music and you don’t have to worry about finding a safe place to exercise outdoors. You definitely don’t have to pay anything, and you don’t have to worry about judgmental people at the gym. One way or another, you’re going to be fine if you exercise indoors.

Pilates class outdoors

Nothing can sink a family like medical debt. One injury or one illness, and your finances have been changed forever. It’s getting harder and harder to file for bankruptcy in order to get rid of medical debt. While people in lots of other countries don’t have to worry about this as much, people in other countries, especially the United States, still have to worry about it. Even if you have health insurance, getting really sick can still damage your finances like almost nothing else. It’s the kind of thing that most people would want to prevent. One of the best ways to ward off problems like that is getting regular exercise.

Health is not entirely within anyone’s control. Anyone who tells you that is trying to sell you something. However, if you do exercise for around thirty minutes a day, the odds of being able to actually hold back your health risks go up like you wouldn’t believe. You also don’t have to do a lot of strenuous exercise in order to make it happen either. Just going around the neighborhood and walking for around thirty minutes a day can make it happen. Pacing around your apartment for thirty minutes a day can make it happen. You don’t have to punish your body so it’s going to be good later. Just getting your body moving can be enough.

Given the tremendous costs associated with healthcare, even if you do have health insurance, you really can look at a daily walk as a long-term investment. You also don’t have to wait until you’re old to benefit. If you exercise a lot, you’re going to feel the difference each and every day that you do exercise, really giving you the chance to feel better and look better in every way.

This seems like just another thing that you can only have if you’re rich, but that is also not the case. You don’t need to go to the gym all the time in order to stay healthy. You don’t need to constantly buy really fancy workout equipment either. The people who want you to buy all that stuff make money off of it, and that’s their whole motivation for trying to get you to use all of that. You can’t sell people ‘walking,’ but walking for thirty minutes a day can be more than enough for the people who are just trying to see their bodies as important health investments, which they are.


Staying motivated to exercise every day is tough, but it is something that I do every day. I should say that you don’t actually have to exercise exactly every day in order to stay healthy. Doing it five days a week for at least thirty minutes is already hugely correlated with improved health and vitality for everyone, and I definitely encourage people to do that. I try to go further, but it isn’t necessary. You do need more motivation in order to get that done, so I have to summon more motivation just to get through the day.

One of the things that I try to tell myself before working out is that it really only takes thirty to sixty minutes a day for improved health. The idea that we do have some control over how healthy we are is inspirational, to begin with, even if we don’t have complete control. I like to think that if I can just do this today, I’m going to be so much healthier down the line and in the present day. There’s something really satisfying about that.

You also don’t have to wait until you’re old to actually benefit from being physically fit, of course. You’ll see the results right away. I’m still pretty young, and I already know people my age who say that they’re noticing declines in their personal energy levels and that they can’t stay up late like they used to, and they always say it’s because of their age. I’m as energetic as I was in my twenties, and I haven’t noticed any change at all in anything else. Exercise may not give you eternal youth, but it does help you hold onto your youth for longer.

I also motivate myself by choosing exercise routines that I can do. I’m a personal trainer, but that doesn’t mean that I would be any better at power lifting than anyone else off the street. There are plenty of exercise routines that I’m really bad at, so I don’t put myself through them in the first place. I just keep to the stuff that I know that I can do, and that helps me stay motivated.

If I really was trying to do harder and harder routines every single day, I think I’d have a hard time even getting myself to workout at all. I’d feel like I was punishing myself, and there’s really no need to do that in the name of fitness. Obviously, doing the same workout routine every single day is going to get boring for a lot of people as well. However, doing the hardest exercise routines that you can really will not work in the long-term. You’re better off finding something that you can do every day or most days. Motivating yourself to workout on a regular basis is what you need to do in order to make it work.