Paid PostPosted on 5 Aug 20219 Ways To Work Out That Don’t Involve Going To The GymGetting active doesn't have to be all about monthly subscriptions and locker rooms!by BetterHealthNHSBrand PublisherLinkFacebookPinterestTwitterMail We all want to stay fit and active, but going to the gym just isn't up everyone's street. Here are some other great ways to get a workout that are fun and super easy to do! 1. Did you know that just one minute of brisk walking counts as exercise?! Yep, simply speeding up your pace is enough to get the heart pumping! Maskot / Getty Images/Maskot Why not get off the bus a stop earlier than usual or try doing the school run on foot? The Active 10 app will track all your walking (including how many minutes were brisk), let you set your own goals, and show you exactly how much you're achieving just from walking around! 2. It may not be the first thing that springs to your mind when you think of fitness, but anyone who's tried gardening before knows it's a workout. Rez-art / Getty Images/iStockphoto Whether you're mowing the lawn or sprucing up your flower beds, gardening can be as much of a workout as you want it to be! If you're working up a sweat or catching your breath with water breaks, that means your garden isn't the only thing that's transforming. Your heart, muscles, and bones will thank you for it! 3. Skipping is fantastic cardio and there are loads of fun routines trending right now that you can challenge yourself with! Wavebreakmedia / Getty Images/iStockphoto Can you think of a more fun way to raise your heart rate and improve your heart and lung fitness? Plus, it helps strengthen your bones and improves balance and flexibility. Primary school chants are optional (but you probably won't be able to help yourself). 4. Yoga is the perfect way to calm your mind and refocus your energy, and you'll also find your core muscles building strength. Adamkaz / Getty Images After over a year of going in and out of lockdowns, the world opening back up can make things feel a little hectic but that doesn't mean you have to bump staying fit off your list of priorities. Why not pick up the basics by going to a yoga class, then trying out a guided video after you've got some experience? There are plenty of free videos online, so it won't be hard to find a workout that feels tailored to you! 5. Dancing around the living room isn't just a fun way to pass the time when you're at home — it's a great way to stay fit! Yakobchukolena / Getty Images/iStockphoto Breaking out your moves to your favourite songs is a perfect way to get started but if you're looking to break a bit of a sweat and learn some new routines, why not give Dance HIIT or Zumba a go? 6. Running isn't just reserved for the athletes of the world; it's a workout that's good for the body, heart, and mind! Leopatrizi / Getty Images As well as working out your muscles and getting your heart rate up, running can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. And once those feel-good endorphins get going, you'll feel unstoppable! The Couch to 5K app is perfect for every running rookie. Once you've set your pace and connected your favourite playlists, you won't look back! 7. Trim trails, aka outdoor gyms, give you all the benefits of exercise equipment without any of the hassle going to the gym can bring. Slavica / Getty Images Yep, instead of having to break a sweat in a stuffy room, you can get a free workout out in the fresh air! If the idea of repeating the same routine bores you, outdoor gyms are the perfect alternative and can often be found in parks and rec areas. The equipment can be used for so many different strength-building exercises that each workout will feel exciting and give you a little vitamin D boost. Win-win! 8. Life is busy, but getting fit doesn't have to take a huge chunk out of your day. That's where our 10-minute workouts come in. Alessandro Biascioli / Getty Images/iStockphoto The NHS website has 6 different, free 10-minute workouts that'll exercise your heart and lungs; work your bum, abs, and leg muscles; and leave you with that smug feeling you get when you know you've crossed something off your to-do list. If you have limited mobility or a long-term health condition, there's also a wealth of information on the NHS website that can help you achieve a quick and effective workout, including tips for building exercise into your everyday activity. 9. Forget gym equipment. Swimming is a stress-free way to kick-start your fitness. Moving your body against the resistance of the water will have you building up your muscle strength in no time. Kali9 / Getty Images From swimming novices to total water babies, the pool is for everyone! Swimming is a gentle way to get moving; plus, it's great for clearing the mind! Your local pool is the place to start. You'll be able to find out about timetables, classes, and adult-only beginners' lessons! Want more inspiration? Check out the NHS Better Health Get Active page for more ways to help you get fit for free!