4 Gym Alternatives, giving you sound mental & Physical Health

 


D
on’t like to go to the gym everyday? Do you think going to the gym is the only way to keep your body healthy?

You’re wrong. So, let’s get rid of this idea now.

Actually, there are many alternatives to the gym. Not just alternatives, you can get a lot more benefits from that.  The gym has side effects but the alternatives to the gym have no side effects. You can compare gym with synthetic drugs because synthetic drugs can cure many diseases but the mechanism of action of the drug breaks the body’s normal system that can be harmful for you. At that point you can compare the alternatives to the gym with the natural drugs which also can give you healthy body without any side effects. 

So, let’s see what are the gym alternatives & what they can do to keep your body healthy.

 

RUNNING -

“Running is about finding your inner peace, & so is a life well lived”

If your main purpose of going to the gym is to lose weight then running can be a good alternative.

The main purpose of going to the gym maybe to tone the muscle of any particular body part like chest,arm or leg. But too much pressure on a particular muscle can cause damage. During running, there is movement of every muscle in our body. It helps to maintain the pressure on every muscle which is good for your body.


Effects on physical health -

Running can significantly improve your physical health.

Running is very helpful for your heart health because it reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases & death from heart attack. Running helps you to burn the fat which is stored as glycogen & reduces the body weight.  Not only cardiovascular disease, it plays an important role to reduce neurological diseases like parkinson’s disease. It can also improve appetite & sleep cycles.

Besides this, it lowers the risk of developing cancer.

Effects on mental health -

Running stimulates the release of various neurotransmitters like dopamine, norepinephrine & serotonin that can regulate your mood. They are mainly happy chemicals so running can make you happy. Brain also releases endorphins while running. Endorphins help to get relief from pain & reduce stress. Running can get you out of depression.

So, make it a habit to run for 30 minutes every morning.

 

CYCLING -

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

Cycling is far more enjoyable than sitting on a stationary bike at the gym because cycling is also a mental exercise.


Effects on physical health -

Cycling is a good muscle workout. So, you can make the muscles of the leg strong & flexible. It also increases strength, stamina & aerobic fitness & improves joint mobility. It is also helpful for bone.

Cycling is a good & easy way to reduce body weight. It increases metabolic weight & burns body fat.

Cycling is also good cardiovascular fitness. It helps to maintain proper blood circulation & declines the chance of blockage in blood vessels. It also reduces the risk of developing diabetes.

Effects on mental health -

The regular & uniform movement of cycling has a relaxing effect on the brain that can stabilize your mental function. Cycling increases the blood circulation throughout the body that allows for the rapid spread of various neurotransmitters like endorphins, serotonin & dopamine. These chemicals boost your mood & make you feel good. It also expands your concentration & memory power.

Cycling is a medicine for depression. It also reduces stress & anxiety significantly.

SWIMMING -

Swimming is also a good alternative for people who don't want to go to the gym.

It is an overall workout for the body.

Mainly swimming is the sport or activity that requires the use of one’s entire body to move through water.

This physical activity has known to be practiced since 2500 BC in Egypt according to the archaeological and other evidences. Thereafter, it was known to be practiced in Assyrian, Greek, and Roman civilizations.


 

Effects on physical health -

Swimming is an effective overall activity as it involves the use of all the body parts. It is a complete body workout. It helps in burning calories and thus in losing weight. Swimming helps in developing a physique by toning the muscles. It also improves overall health and fitness. Swimming engages the different muscles of the body and also helps in the cardiovascular fitness. It develops endurance and increases muscular strength. Swimming improves coordination, balance and posture of the body. It increases the flexibility of the body. The different strokes in swimming are freestyle, breast stroke, sidestroke, backstroke and butterfly which engages the different muscles of the body.

Effects on mental health -

It is a relaxing and peaceful form of exercise. It helps in reducing stress. Regular swimming lowers anxiety. Endorphins are released on swimming which can help in lifting up a person's mood. This hormone gives a feeling of happiness and wellbeing. Swimming also helps in improving sleep patterns. It improves the functions of the brain.

DANCING -

In the words of Martha Graham,

    “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”

Dancing is swaying your body to the rhythms of a music. It is not only a way to express one's emotions but also liberation of their soul to the fullest. Dance involves different parts of the body and helps in maintaining them. It is a good form of workout, involving the whole body. People who don't want to indulge themselves in lifting heavy weights in the gym can go for dancing. It is a fun way to burn calories. Whether it is Zumba or hip-hop, dance helps in muscle toning and controlling the body weight. There are many dance forms like Zumba, Salsa, Flamenco.  tap dance, hula hoop dancing, square dancing, contra dancing, belly dancing. So, an individual can choose a dance form to learn according to what suits him the best.


Effects on physical health -

Dancing is a whole-body workout. It helps in burning calories in a fun way. All dance forms help in developing balance and coordination.

Dance works on the muscles and fibers located around the spine and thus helps in maintaining the body posture. It also works on the core muscles of stomach and back. Dancing helps in toning the muscles. It increases flexibility of the body. It is good for the muscles of legs and glutes.

Dancing improves cardiovascular fitness and also strengthens the muscles. It also increases blood circulation. It decreases blood pressure which lowers the risk of coronary heart disease. People who dance regularly are at a lower risk of developing heart problems.

Effect on mental health

It helps in reducing stress. Several studies show that dance boosts memory by improving brain functions. Like other exercises, endorphins are released on dancing which lifts up the mood. Dance is a perfect way to express your emotions. It promotes the feeling of self-awareness and self-esteem.

 

So, just going to the gym for building muscles is not the last option. Your hobby can help you to carve a path towards your body's fitness here to build a healthy body. Add fruits & green vegetables to your diet & try to build a fit body & healthy mind by natural way.


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