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How to Get Fit and Healthy at Home

By Genevieve Cunningham

Not everyone loves hitting the gym. While some people really enjoy the atmosphere that a gym can bring into their workout routine, others are a bit more intimidated. And some people simply don't have time to make it to the gym. For those who can't make it to the gym for whatever reason, it's important to know what other options you have for getting fit. If you are one who needs another option for getting in shape, take a look at these ways to get in shape in the comfort of your own home.

Learn to Love Walking and Running

Both walking and running are activities that can be done almost anywhere. As long as you have a good supportive pair of shoes, an open space of some kind, and a little bit of time on your hands, you can get in shape with simple walking and running. Use your neighborhood, the local track, a park, or an open field. Set a timer and walk or jog at a pace that is comfortable for you. This may not be the most exciting way to get fit, but it's definitely effective and can be done at almost any location.

Use Your Bodyweight

Your bodyweight is a great tool for getting in shape. No matter what you weigh, you can you use your own weight to perform calisthenic moves. Do some squats, lunges, and push-ups. At first, it may not feel like a really great workout. But the more reps that you do, the more difficult your workout becomes, and the greater results you'll have with nothing more than a little space and your own body.

Buy a Program

People are just busy. And the fitness industry understands the busyness of the world today. Because of this, there are multiple workout programs that are targeted for people who need to work out at home. Many of these are found in DVD form or on the internet. Find a program that looks appealing to you, and give it a try. The fact that you're doing it at home won't decrease its intensity. Just give it all of your effort, and you can still get in great shape without ever stepping foot in a gym.

You don't actually have to go to a gym to get in shape. It can definitely be helpful, and for many people it's the perfect answer. But it's absolutely not necessary. If you need another option, use these at-home workout options to get fit and healthy and to feel better in your own skin every day.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Thornton, Colo.

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