8 Ways to Get in Shape If You Hate the Gym

Between the widely-feared freshman 15 and the fact that the holidays are looming around the corner, it’s safe to say we’re all a little bit more conscious about getting in shape. The problem? If you hate the gym, it’s really hard turning your visits into a habit! That’s why we’re listing some alternative ways to tone up and shed pounds.

1. Stick to your dorm room.

Whether you suffer from gym-timidation or your campus rec center is just out of the way, dorm room workouts are a great option. You can always keep a yoga mat or some free weights in your room, but even if you don’t have equipment, there are still plenty of dorm room workouts that’ll get you into shape.


2. Switch to a different gym…A rock climbing gym.

The best workouts are the ones that don’t actually feel like a workout. Did you know that there are indoor rock climbing gyms you can join, just like your standard gym that you’re used to? While it may seem like you’re just signing up for a fun time, your sore muscles will remind you that you’re still whipping yourself into shape!


3. Put your running shoes on.

Running can be so much more fun than you think. Aside from getting you out of the four walls of your gym, there are also some pretty cool things you can train for — like marathons, 5K’s, and obstacles like mud runs and Spartan Races.



4. Find your groove with dancing.

Many gym-haters opt for zumba workouts as an alternative. Basically, it’s a fun way to get in shape while dancing! But zumba isn’t the only kind of dance workout you can enjoy. In fact, any kind of dancing will get you in great shape. All of you DWTS lovers out there, how about perfecting your cha-cha and paso doble in the ballroom?


5. Use YouTube as your instructor.

Some people love following along to a professional instructor, but they just don’t have the time or money for those classes at the gym. If that’s your case, try looking up some instructional workouts on YouTube. Not only are they free, but you can practice many of them from the comfort of your dorm room.


6. Join an intramural team.

You don’t need to be as skilled as your D1 counterparts to partake in college sports. There are actually plenty of intramural teams you can sign up for — like basketball, volleyball, soccer, and more. Head over to your school’s rec center for more info, or grab some friends and start a team of your own.


7. Pick your favorite type of martial arts. 

Karate, Taekwondo, jiu-jitsu…The different types of martial arts out there seem endless! Do some research and figure out if one of these practices feel right for you.


8. Take advantage of video games. 

Didn’t expect to see this one, huh? But we don’t mean you should sink back into your couch and get lost in Call of Duty. Instead, make it a habit to play those games that get you on your feet more often — such as Wii Fit or DDR.


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