Today, I want to talk about four great alternatives to the gym. As a Soldier, you are expected to stay in shape. In today’s world, that is much easier said than done. People are busy with their work and family time and they don’t always have the time to make it to the gym every day. Therefore, I want to share a few helpful alternatives, so you can stay in shape.
# 1 Online Fitness Club
This is a fairly new concept. I know of an online fitness club called M5 Fitness. For just $19.99 per month, you can have access to trainers, pre-made workout schedules, diet plans, nutrition classes, and pre-recorded workouts. There is also a community where you can connect with other members to keep each other motivated. Your account can be linked with your Facebook account so you can share workouts and post your progress. The company also offers great supplements and you can even get a free membership by referring two of your friends. What I like most about this concept is you can take it with you. Whether you are on TDY, deployed, or just busy, you can login to your account and do your workout.
# 2 Workout DVDs
In recent years, these have become very popular. Programs like P90X, Insanity, Combat Workout DVD and other pre-recorded workouts give you the option to workout from home. These DVDs are very convenient. The programs are intense, challenging and fun. Most of these programs are designed by Team Beach Body (I am not affiliated with them in any way). Team Beach Body also offers coaching and an online community to get support and motivation. There are workout programs produced by other companies as well. Here are a few of my favorite workout DVD programs.
# 3 Home Gym
You can create a nice home gym for less than a few hundred dollars, especially if you shop around and buy a used one. You could buy a bench, some free weights, and even a nice used treadmill for a deep discount on Craigslist, your newspaper classified section, or even on eBay. You could set up your gym in the basement or in an extra bedroom and be ready to go. This is a great option if you are home every morning or night, you have the available space and budget, and you have the discipline and skills to work out on your own every day.
# 4 Join a Running or Fitness Club
Many local communities offer running clubs and fitness clubs. These clubs are a great way to meet new people and stay accountable to working out. Most of these clubs meet several days per week and often at different places. You just join the club (for a small fee), and then you get a schedule of events. The only downside would be if you work long hours or are away from home frequently (deployments, TDY, schools, etc.).
The bottom line is that it’s your responsibility to stay in shape and maintain your Soldierly appearance. If you have the time and money to go to the gym, by all means do so. However, if that option won’t work very well for you, I highly recommend you consider one of the four alternatives mentioned above.
What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.