Health Here's the reason you shouldn't go to the gym in January — and what to do instead

19:51  08 january  2018
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When it comes down to it, you shouldn ’ t feel compelled to join the gym in January because it’ s not a prerequisite for getting fit. If prepping food isn’t something you ’re interested in, you could always look into intuitive eating instead . Raddatz also recommended keeping an eye on your water intake since

You don' t have to go to the gym to reach your health goals. Here ' s what you can do instead of buying an expensive membership. Tags: reason shouldn gym january .


  • A New Year's resolution doesn't have to involve the gym.
  • There are other effective ways to reach your fitness goals. 
  • Changing your diet and exercise approach is one way to start.
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There's a lot of talk about goal setting as New Year's Eve approaches. And every year, tons of people automatically flock to the gym on January 1st to kickstart their fitness-related goals. Signing up for that membership, however, isn't totally necessary since there are other ways to reach your health and fitness goals.

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When it comes down to it, you shouldn ' t feel compelled to join the gym in January because it' s not a prerequisite for getting fit. If prepping food isn't something you 're interested in, you could always look into intuitive eating instead . Raddatz also recommended keeping an eye on your water intake since

When it comes down to it, you shouldn't feel compelled to join the gym in January because it's not a prerequisite for getting fit.

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Just because everyone else is signing up for a gym membership doesn't mean you have to — even if you want to lose weight, gain muscle, or build endurance. You can incorporate regular exercise and healthy practices in your routine without buying an overpriced membership. New York-based personal trainers Miriam Fried and Gretchen Raddatz told INSIDER some tips and alternative resolutions that'll help you get in shape from the comfort of your own home. 

Resolve to cook healthy meals. 

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Your diet is undoubtedly a big part of reaching your fitness goals. In fact, losing weight and gaining endurance are both heavily tied to nutrition. That's why Fried suggested learning to meal prep and cook healthy, delicious food as an alternative to joining the gym.

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You don't have to go to the gym to reach your health goals. Here ' s what you can do instead of buying an expensive membership. When it comes down to it, you shouldn ' t feel compelled to join the gym in January because it's not a prerequisite for getting fit.

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"Healthy eating is a huge thing that people struggle with," she said. "Joining a gym is easy, but I feel like setting up a meal prepping schedule for yourself is a lot harder." 

Get inspiration from bloggers, utilize traditions from other countries, or consult a dietitian to help you set up a meal plan. If prepping food isn't something you're interested in, you could always look into intuitive eating instead. Raddatz also recommended keeping an eye on your water intake since the winter months could lead to dehydration. 

"Make sure you're in taking your water properly," she said. "I know it can be really warm inside and really cold outside, so people tend to drink less water and that can be dehydrating."

Resolve to finally take that dance class you've always wanted to try. 

INSIDER previously reported that you need to eat fewer calories than you burn to lose weight, so adding in exercise will only help increase your caloric deficit. Your activity of choice doesn't have to involve a treadmill or crowded gym. According to Cosmopolitan, dance classes, cycling, rowing, and jumping rope are just a handful of alternative exercises that could burn more calories than jogging. 

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Should you never go to the gym ? For a few people, the gym is a reasonable option. For all the negatives of the gym , sitting on your ass is worse than all of them combined. The whole point of skipping the gym here is to find an exercise solution that works.

Raddatz recommended looking for any fun activities that can safely get your heart rate up, which could also involve knocking a few things off your bucket list. For example, try taking your routine outdoors if you love fresh air and always wanted to try snowboarding. 

Resolve to stretch more. 

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Stretching and recovery work is part of Fried's "homework" for her clients, and could be easily incorporated into any routine to make you healthier.

"Buy a foam roller and then every night during a 20-minute episode of your favorite show, force yourself to sit in front of the TV and foam roll or stretch throughout the entire time," she said. "Start doing that every night [...] and reward yourself with this entertainment or show while focusing on recovery." 

In fact, flexibility is an important part of overall health and wellness. INSIDER previously reported that stretches could specifically lengthen your muscles and help prevent injury

Resolve to workout at home. 

Fried works with many of her clients at their home, where space and equipment are often limited. That doesn't, however, mean they have a limited routine. You can get a great workout in at home with a few pieces of affordable equipment. 

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You don't have to go to the gym to reach your health goals. Here ' s what you can do instead of buying an expensive membership. When it comes down to it, you shouldn ' t feel compelled to join the gym in January because it's not a prerequisite for getting fit.

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"If you're willing to buy a few pieces of equipment like some bands, gliders, and a jump rope you could do a full workout with that," Fried said. "I could easily put someone through a workout with those three pieces of equipment, in fact, I pretty much always have them in my bag, and I use them when I'm traveling." 

Acquiring long-lasting healthy habits and reaching your fitness goals is an individualized learning process. For some, that may include the gym, but others can implement fitness into their lives by exercising at home, outside, or even during their favorite TV show.

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