10 ways to stay active outside of the gym

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2020


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For some people, going to the gym can be daunting, unenjoyable, or conflict with busy schedules, but there are still many ways that you can workout and get moving. Below are 10 different accessible ways that you can exercise without making a trip to the gym.

  • Make use of workout videos. You can find millions of diverse videos on Youtube that will guide you through a workout of your choice without any equipment! You can also follow these videos with friends to keep you motivated and to make it a fun group activity.
  • Make a small change, take the stairs! When you have the opportunity to choose between taking the stairs or an elevator, choose the stairs. This is not a full workout, but it will offer you a few minutes of exercise while going about your everyday life.
  • Walk often! This is very accessible on campus and in the city of Ottawa since almost everything is just a short walk away. Next time you’re considering taking public transportation, consider walking instead.
  • Make use of the great outdoors! The Rideau Canal Skateway will be hopefully be opening soon and is a great place to go and have a great time skating through the city of Ottawa! You can also make use of the beautiful hiking trails in Gatineau Park, which has four trails that are open throughout the winter and are safe as they are groomed every week.
  • Use household items to get exercise in! You don’t necessarily need a video or any equipment, you can also use simple items like a desk or a chair to do exercises like leg raises or step-ups.
  • Clean to keep active! Cleaning can often be a workout since it keeps you moving. After cleaning, you’ll have killed two birds with one stone; you’ll have a clean home and have accomplished a workout.
  • Go for a run or jog! Not everyone enjoys running, but if you do, it’s a great way to get outside while getting your body moving. Running or jogging is still possible in the winter, just bundle up and find an area free of snow/ice. For example, the paved sidewalks along the Rideau Canal are well kept during the winter months.
  • Attend a drop-in course, or register for a class offered by the University of Ottawa! You can find diverse activities that are either free or come with a small fee. Get a group of friends together, or go solo, and go workout at a drop-in class or a weekly class, while having a fun time!
  • Practice yoga! Yoga is extremely accessible since it does not require any equipment (however, having a mat is suggested). It is also customizable to whichever level you find yourself at. There are many yoga session videos online that you can easily find and follow. Through yoga, you can build strength and flexibility, as well as allow time to relax and unwind.
  • Use study breaks! Use those necessary study breaks to do a few exercises that will get your heart pumping! It’s a great idea to move your body during study breaks as it will give you energy and helps relax your mind.
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