No-Gym Workout Methods to Get in Peak Shape

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There are many reasons that it can be a drag on your regular routine to try to make it to the gym.

Gym memberships are pricey, and our lives are busy.

Gyms can for many be a source of intimidation, awkward social encounters, and routine exercises that may quickly become boring and monotonous.

On top of that, going to the gym takes time and often requires a commute.

Working out at a gym has a certain outfit and hygiene requirement. Also, if your free time has the same open windows as the majority of people in your town or city, you could be facing a busy gym that has wait times for the equipment.

Sure, there are other options that you can do while you wait, but isn’t it the equipment that you’re paying for when you sign up?

No-gym workouts can save you from wasting time and money.

These workouts easily fit into a busy schedule, since you can do them at home or while traveling. They require very little setup or equipment, as well. This allows you to focus on the part of working out that really matters: moving your body in a way that promotes a healthy lifestyle and increases your physical abilities.

What are No-Gym Workouts?

No-gym workouts are a massive category of cardio, aerobic, and calisthenic exercises that allow for strength development and fat-burning outside of the gym.

In most cases, you will be using your own body weight and gravity to build muscle and get your heart pumping. These workouts come in many varieties from yoga and pilates, to body-weight training, interval and circuit training, and outdoor exploration sports and activities.

No-gym workouts make the most of your time in order to make workout consistency more attainable. Additionally, many find these exercises outside of the gym to be more motivating than exercises done inside of the gym. This can make it easier to stick to your exercise routine.

What Are the Benefits of Regular Exercise?

What Are the Benefits of Regular Exercise

There are many benefits to getting some exercise, even if your lifestyle choices mean that you don’t set foot inside a gym.

Whether it’s bodyweight training or a consistent cardio routine, frequent physical activity plays a huge part in achieving weight and wellness goals.

Regular physical activity of about thirty minutes a day can offer an abundance of quality of life benefits. With no-gym workouts, those thirty minutes remain just that, thirty dedicated minutes without commuting or waiting in line.

Physical

Exercising has innumerable physical benefits that allow for a longer, stronger life.

Many people begin working out to lose weight, build strength, and to tone their body. In other words, improved appearance and self-esteem are a big draw to exercise. Nonetheless, those who regularly exercise will also experience greater health on a daily basis.

Those who exercise regularly may experience the following physical effects:

  • Reduced risk of heart attack
  • Ease in managing weight and body mass
  • Decreased blood cholesterol
  • Increased automatic capability for managing blood sugar and insulin levels
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Reduced experience of chronic pain
  • Stronger bones, muscles, and joints, which decrease the risk of osteoporosis
  • Increased skin health
  • Better sleep

Social

Social Running

Busy lives give us one excuse for not hitting the gym, since we never want to sacrifice friendship for fitness.

While expensive gym plans can make gym visits a more exclusive way to burn calories, no-gym methods can actually help your social life.

Many no-gym fitness venues can be group activities to help build a community or share something you enjoy with family and friends. Outdoor sports and physical hobbies, such as jogging, cycling, dancing, or hiking are all great ways to meet people who share your interests.

Career

When we said that regular exercise can improve all facets of your life, we really meant it.

Regular exercise has shown career improvements, including increased productivity, a better appearance, and an improved ability to cope with work stress and pressures.

Cutting out the gym and getting a quality workout on your own time and in your own way can make it much easier to integrate your exercise priorities with your work priorities. Many workouts can be done during a work break, quickly in the morning before work, or in the odd times between other daily activities.

Tips for Fitting Workouts Into Your Day

Tips for Fitting Workouts Into Your Day

Use a Timer

Using a timer will help you fit your workout into your day so that it doesn’t run too long.

Not only will this keep your workout from running over into your other engagements, but it also manipulates your perception of how long the workout takes.

Find an App to Help You Track Your Workouts

The free-form routine of home workouts can sometimes make it difficult to form a habit.

You may not remember what circuit you did yesterday, what times or intervals work for you, and it can feel like a lot of trouble to keep this all in your memory.

Fitness apps, particularly those that cater to body-weight exercise or home exercise, can help you track which days you exercise, how long your exercise for, and what movements you perform.

The data analysis will then help you to see your general patterns so you can fine tune your routines and get the most out of your no-gym workouts.

Be Prepared

If you’re trying to fit a quick workout into a tight time-slot, it’s best to come prepared.

This can mean different things for different routines.

Some people might keep a change of clothes, such as jogging or yoga or sweatpants and a t-shirt in their car or at work. For others, it might mean having a space in the home that remains clear and tidy to use for working out.

Preparation and ease of access will help your consistency and greatly improve the convenience factor when it comes to exercising outside the gym.

Ways to Get in Shape While Ditching the Gym

Ways to Get in Shape While Ditching the Gym

Walking

Best For: Those suffering from joint pain or rehabilitating from an injury. Exercising in all environments, including urban, residential, and rural.

It’s easy to take the health benefits of walking for granted. After all, it’s one of the slowest and least complicated exercise activities available. However, taking a brisk walk every day can help you to maintain a healthy weight and improve your physical condition.

As a low-impact cardio option, walking is good for those who might have trouble with their joints. Additionally, walking can be easily incorporated into a daily routine, as part of a morning commute, as an unwinding activity, or as a way to bond with pets or family members.

Robert Sallis, family physician and sports medicine doctor, explains that

“Walking is the most studied form of exercise, and multiple studies have proven that it’s the best thing we can do to improve our overall health, and increase our longevity and functional years.”

When walking for fitness, it’s important to pay attention to your posture and stride. The best walking posture is to look forward, as opposed to down at your feet. The neck and shoulders should be relaxed, and it’s just fine if you find that you’re naturally pumping your arms.

Kickboxing or Shadow-Boxing

Shadow Boxing

Best For: Those who are looking for a fast-paced cardio outlet that also increases coordination.

Kickboxing offers a high energy, high motivation fitness routine that combines martial arts with cardio and a total body workout. Kickboxing is a powerful stress reducer and an emotional outlet. Kickboxers can empty themselves of negative emotions while also experiencing endorphins that are associated with positive feelings.

One of the biggest benefits of kickboxing and shadow boxing is improved coordination, physical awareness, reflexes, and balance. This is achieved through core strengthening and martial arts training for physical awareness. Fitness kickboxing offers muscle-toning benefits, which allows participants to burn around 800 calories an hour.

Shadow boxing is kick-box training without a punching bag. This is an equipment-free cardio and fat-loss drill that can be done anywhere. Shadowboxing can be the main show, or it can help to get you warmed up for for a longer workout.

The emphasis, in this case, is coordination and balance, as the boxer stays on their toes, prioritizing mobility, speed, and power. Shadow-boxing drills are fast-paced, allowing for higher reps than would be possible with the resistance of a punching bag. The lack of resistance also develops greater physical endurance. The calorie burn of shadow boxing is similar to jogging at about 400 calories an hour.

Shadowboxing can be practiced as a high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Despite intuitive notions about the impact of boxing and martial arts, shadow boxing has little to no impact on your body. This is because it limits the amount of jumping, landing on your joints, and sprinting that many HIIT exercises heavily feature.

Biking

Best for: Low impact cardio with an easy learning curve that satisfies the adventurous spirit.

Many put cycling among the most fun forms of physical exercise. Bicycles allow people to zip between places. There are many places where cycling is an accepted method of commuting to work for its environmental sustainability, financial, and health benefits. Cycling’s ability to improve lung health isn’t limited to physical exercise. People who ride a bike to work are exposed to five times less air pollution than those who drive cars.

Additionally, cycling is great for outings, spending time with friends and family, and outdoor adventure exploration. This is because cycling is relatively easy and does not require a lot of training before individuals are able to take longer rides and reap the benefits.

Cycling does have its difficult levels, however, and you can find paths at every intensity. It’s also important to observe bicycling safety and laws, particularly for commuters and adventurers. Bicycle lanes and hand signals are important for those riding in urban environments, and helmets and safety equipment can greatly reduce the risk of dangerous falls or crashes for all cyclists.

Cycling offers a relatively low impact cardio option that causes less joint strain and injury than many other forms of exercise. It also uses all the major muscles groups. While it is a leg-heavy workout, it offers full-body muscle strengthening. It also increases stamina and aerobic fitness, allowing the body to work harder for longer. On top of that, cycling is an enjoyable activity that improves mental health.

Hiking

hiking with friends

Best for: Groups or families looking to spend time outside. Photographers.

While hiking can be done by a solo hobbyist, it’s a great activity for families, groups, and pets to get outside and enjoy nature while also getting a full body workout. Hiking is a physical activity that can be done outside the gym, often using minimal equipment, that also offers a powerful boost to mental health.

Hikes can be as strenuous and as beneficial as you choose them to be. Since most hikes are defined by their changes in elevation, you can frequently identify and choose the difficulty level of a hike based on how many feet of elevation will be gained throughout the hike.

Hiking helps to improve overall fitness by building muscle and endurance while burning calories. Hiking targets the quadriceps, hamstrings, lower legs, and hip muscles. Since hiking requires balance and stabilization, it is able to strengthen the core. Hiking with a backpack offers a boost to strengthening as well.

Visiting an Exercise Park

Best for: Calisthenics and social exercising.

Exercise and calisthenic parks offer many of the same benefits of going to the gym for those interested in bodyweight training. These parks often provide the equipment needed to get your body moving while remaining eco-friendly and giving you some vitamin D from being outside. Some common equipment in exercise parks include:

  • Staircases, terracing, or other forms of steps
  • Bars, such as monkey bars, pull up bars, high, low, or parallel bars
  • Workout gear, such as benches for weight training, or modified ellipticals
  • Jogging trails

Exercising around others can be a source of inspiration for new circuits, since it allows the opportunity to watch how others structure their workout and observe proper form. Working out alongside others can help to hold you accountable while offering other examples to help you to improve your mastery of physical skills. In this case, exercise parks offer a great alternative for those who find at home workouts to not be social enough.

Exercise or fitness parks are great places to meet others who are serious about their health. Finding a buddy can help you to keep a consistent routine and give you a partner to enjoy some of the more social parts of exercising.

Staircases and Ditching the Elevator

Best for: Those who climb a lot of floors throughout the day, or those who live in an apartment or condo with staircases available for training.

Taking the stairs, especially as part of your morning commute, can offer you plenty of benefits, including kickstarting your metabolism right at the beginning of the day. While this may feel like an inconvenience in the morning, it pays off in stimulating your brain and circulation. These benefits will allow you to be a quick-thinking and social creature as soon as you step into the office.

Staircases are also a potentially great training tool, that makes it easy to start a planned or impromptu workout. Running up and down the stairs can be a useful way to structure an interval workout. A thirty-second run up and down the stairs could be followed a period of squats, lunges, or crunches.

Using staircases can also be a good way to rehabilitate after an injuryClimbing the stairs strengthens the same muscles required for lunges and squats. Additionally, it helps to improve balance while getting your blood pumping for cardio gains.

Swimming

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Best for: Low impact, therapeutic cardio and the ability to promote strong breathing endurance.

Swimming can aid training for any sport that you can think of. Swimming laps builds strength, exercises the heart, and increases endurance. Swimming is particularly powerful for sculpting muscles in the back, shoulder, and arms. Additionally, swimming can be a long-term therapeutic practice that allows one to rest their mind while swimming.

Swimming and aqua jogging are particularly used by runners who need a low-impact way to train for running or to recover from a previous running injury. Pool running, or aqua jogging, is a very high resistance cardio activity that forces you to focus on running posture while mimicking the movements and patterns of traditional running so as to train running-specific muscles.

Jumping Rope

Best for: A cardio option that is fast, fun, very portable, and increases coordination and balance.

Not just for children, jumping rope can be an amazing warmup to get the blood pumping for a longer strength or bodyweight workout. It can be a nice way to exhaust the body and get some energy out in situations where you need to stay stationary or don’t have a lot of space to run around.

Jumping rope can get you more cardio exercise per half-hour than jogging, allowing you to burn around 650 calories per half hour. That means getting the opportunity to maximize not only your space but also your time. Furthermore, the equipment for this is minimal, it can be kept in a car, work locker, or even the bag that you carry on your commute. Then, all you need is a flat surface for jumping on.

Jumping rope improves balance and coordination to make you lighter on your feet. In the long term, jumping rope enhances spatial awareness, memory alertness, and breathing efficiency. It can also decrease the likelihood of gaining foot and ankle injuries from other sports, such as tennis or basketball, by strengthening the muscles surrounding your ankles.

Battle Ropes

battle ropes

Best for: Dynamic high-intensity training that allows for expressive physical movement, cardio gains, and a full body workout.

Battle ropes provide a high-intensity workout that moves the muscles and pumps the heart. Just ten minutes of using battle ropes can constitute an average 30-minute cardio workout. In addition to that, moving these ropes feature full body strength training. Battle ropes are commonly whipped, slammed, dragged, and waved.

Unlike other forms of weight training, battle ropes are dynamic. This allows the participant to change their movements and become more easily aware of when they are exercising correctly.  Battle ropes offer freedom of movement that’s unusual for strength training equipment that you might find at the gym, such as free weights and weight machines. While they can be used simultaneously, battle ropes work each arm independently. This can help to even out strength between dominant limbs.

For those who have a lot of room to train, such as a long driveway, large garage, or personal studio with limited equipment, battle ropes can be a fun and intense way burn fat and build muscle, while toning the arms, back, and abs. They come in a variety of lengths and weights.

Running

Best for: Individuals who need a consistent routine, and those who can endure higher impact cardio exercises.

In many ways, running is the poster child for cardio exercise. Many find that reputation to be for a good reason. Taking thirty-minute runs throughout the week can help to prevent a number of conditions, from obesity to high blood pressure. Running helps to build the muscles around the knees and other joints to protect them. In some cases, it can exacerbate pre-existing osteoarthritis and knee arthritis, and those who feel joint pain while running should take it easy on themselves and see a doctor.

David Felson of Boston University explained to NPR

“We know from many long-term studies that running doesn’t appear to cause much damage to the knees. When we look at people with knee arthritis, we don’t find much of a previous history of running, and when we look at runners and follow them over time, we don’t find that their risk of developing osteoarthritis is any more than expected.”

Running rewards and requires consistency in a way that many other cardio exercises don’t. The more regularly you run, the easier it becomes, and the more likely you are to crave your running time (who knows you might even build up to running a marathon one day). Additionally, the regularity increases the length and frequency of afterburn, that time after exercising when your body continues to burn calories from excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC).

Running also has a positive effect on mental health for those coping with depressive or anxiety symptoms and can help you to live longer.

Dancing

Best for: Music lovers, and those who need an expressive physical outlet.

Dancing is a cardio and, in many cases, a strength-building activity that allows individuals to express themselves physically in a wide array of styles. Some styles take enormous amounts of discipline, such as ballet and barre, or swing and ballroom styles, making these great for someone who prefers a little structure in their exercise routines and lofty goals to work toward.

Dancing ultimately offers a strong emotional outlet in addition to the opportunity to obtain peak physical condition through a skill development.

Climbing and Indoor Climbing

Rock Climbing

Best for: Those who are adventurous, goal-driven, or who want to take their body-weight training up a notch.

Since climbers need to lift themselves up on ledges and semi-sheer rock faces, this is the ultimate body-weight training. Climbing is a full body strength workout that gets your heart pumping as much as a stable cardio exercise would. However, keep in mind that both climbing and indoor climbing require a lot of specific equipment and training to keep you safe and protect from falling injuries. Free-climbing is heavily regulated in most areas and only recommended for climbers in peak condition with years of experience.

One of the things that sets climbing apart is that it is experientially rewarding. Climbers get a view that others can only see in pictures. Like hikers who get to see everything you can’t see from the road, the rewards of climbing are more than the heady enjoyment of strategizing and using your body constantly adapt to accomplish an intense task. They are also the most likely to see sights that aren’t visible from the road or lower elevation trails.

Climbing is a demanding sport that one must stay in shape for. One of the best ways to do this is to practice indoor climbing on a wall or at a climbing gym. Climbing is a powerful way to train with goal setting and definitive accomplishments and benchmarks, so while it takes a lot of equipment, it can be a very rewarding no-weight way to gain strength and tone the body.

Rec Sports

Best for: The socially fit, for whom being among others is the impetus they need for enjoying exercise and living fun.

Sometimes it takes a whole team and a weekly commitment to get us to break the busy work cycle and get out and about. Recreational sports offer just that divergent moment where we get to socialize and exercise our bodies at the same time. This can be hugely beneficial as a disruptor of an overly sedentary routine. At the same time, it may help individuals to develop a community of people with whom to move and play, feel the endorphins, and have some fun.

You can look for recreational and community sports leagues offered through your local city or town, community parks, churches, sports-oriented gyms, or off-season sporting complexes.

No Weight Workout Methods

No Weight Workout Methods

No weight workouts use personal body-weight to strength train. This can be as simple as planks, pull-ups, and basic calisthenics. However, the training cycles of no-weight workouts are flexible and can be used with resistance cardio, such as uphill running, dancing, kick-boxing, and other no-gym workouts.

No-weight workouts frequently feature a mixture of calisthenics, intervals, cycles, strength training, and stretching. They will frequently share elements between themselves, so that staple strength and toning exercises, such as push-ups or planks can be used in high-intensity training as well as circuit training or yoga routines.

Calisthenics

Calisthenics are classic exercises that use your own body weight for resistance training. This allows you to build muscles mass and strength without using weights, machines, or in many cases equipment at all. Most of the exercises common to a calisthenics circuit are recognizable for basic education, such as pull-ups and chin-ups, planks, burpees, squats, lunges, crunches, and even jumping rope. Calisthenics limit the need for expensive equipment and even free weights in many cases, allowing exercise to prioritize how you move your body and at what intensity.

While many have been doing calisthenics since they were young, there are levels of mastery to obtain. One of the major goals of calisthenics is to have control and deliberation over lifting and moving the body. This can be expressed in terms of endurance, ease, and increased resistance or weight that relies on fewer muscle groups for lifting. Calisthenics are more likely to build a lean physique than weight training, and it’s more difficult with calisthenics to isolate specific muscle groups to build.

More than other strength training, such as weight lifting, Calisthenics training helps participants build and maintain good form. The use of machines or free weights to target specific muscle groups can lead to overcompensation from other parts of the body when the resistance is too high for the targeted muscle. Calisthenics and bodyweight training, however, decrease this likelihood, since they offer a more stabilized workout and the individual body-weight as a starter number for lifting.

So what happens when your body weight isn’t enough for your advanced training regimen? Weighted vests can help you up the ante when lifting your own muscles becomes too easy. This is one of the best ways to intensify your body-weight exercise routine. Weighted vests range from 10 to 150 pounds. The vest distributes the weight across the torso in a way that allows you to continue your workouts and advanced calisthenics without impeding your movement. The additional weight helps to add resistance and strength training features to any routine. Additionally, as long as you don’t mind the extra weight in your gym bag or luggage, they can offer a portable solution for on-the-go calisthenics.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Interval training refers to alternating periods of high-intensity work with periods of active rest. Interval training provides its benefits via the intensity with which individuals perform their exercises. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) requires participants to give their intense all-out effort in quick bursts of exercise, punctuated with short recovery periods in between. For HIIT, the intensity is taken up to the max , and the rest times are shortened.

HIIT is both strength training and cardio. The quick transition between intervals does not give your heart rate time to slow down or leave the fat-burning zone. At the same time, the workout creates an oxygen shortage that increases the length of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), and therefore the length of time your body continues to burn calories after working out.

While HIIT is a powerful tool to keep yourself in peak condition, it’s not recommended as your only form of exercise. HIIT is not the best for teaching or learning body-weight techniques, such as squats, burpees, planks, pushups, and other core body-weight exercise requirements. Since HIIT asks participants to do these moves at turbo speed, it’s best to already know the techniques before getting into HIIT. HIIT works best as part of a more well-rounded fitness system that allows time for restoring the body, developing flexibility, and recovering.

Circuit Training

circuit training

Circuit training is a form of endurance or resistance training that works to build muscle, strength, and endurance through completing a number of circuits in repetition. This means alternating between five to ten activities in quick succession. Individual exercises usually last between 30 seconds and five minutes. After the circuit is completed, it begins again at the first activity.

As you switch tasks while circuit training, the muscles that you previously worked will rest, allowing you to work different muscles with little downtime. Limiting the rest in between exercises allows circuit training to also work as a powerful cardio exercise. Circuit training works the body until the point of fatigue, or in other words, when the body cannot do another rep of an exercise. Fatigue is a sign that the body is building and improving muscular strength and definition.

Circuit training builds strength by individually targeting different parts of the body. Different circuits will work the arms and upper body, core, lower body and legs, or the entire body at once. While many circuits can be made of only body-weight moves, other circuits can use dumbbellskettlebells, resistance bands, and other equipment associated with weight training.

To begin circuit training, it’s in your best interest to consult a trainer or other resources that will help you define your first workouts and designate your muscle target groups. This is because circuit training can be exhaustive and even body-weight exercises can cause long-term damage when not practiced with correct form.

Circuit training can be an appealing option for someone who prefers an organized or predetermined routine, or someone who has personally designed their workout. Circuits also allow you to vary your exercise from day to day. This is not only done by varying the muscle groups, but also by varying the exercises in a circuit and pattern of the routine.

Yoga

Yoga is a physical practice tied to Hindu spiritual beliefs that seek to strengthen the connection between the mind and the body in preparation for meditation. Yoga is ideal for binding the mind to the body, but on top of that it is a powerful bodyweight exercise which uses poses to intersperse stretching and mobility training with strength building.

Yoga can be practiced on its own or as a part of a physical exercise or workout regimen. It can be particularly good for recovery, as it allows runners, weight lifters, cyclists, and other athletes to settle into stretches and long poses that offer long term flexibility and relief.  Another great tool for recovery is a handheld massager!

Yogic practices can target specific parts of the body, or specific spiritual feelings or chakras. The rhythms of yoga are necessarily tied to mindful breathing, which can help to train individuals to manage their breath, in a way that can reduce stress and help athletes to breathe more easily throughout their practices.

Yoga offers long term benefits for posture, mobility, flexibility, and alignment. The difficulty of a yoga session can vary, from very beginner poses that build strength gradually, to advanced yoga sessions using more advanced poses that build strength through intense flows and poses that support the body in inventive ways.

Yoga’s meditative aspect allows one to finish a practice with a clear mind that is perfect for starting and ending the day. Aside from a mat, yoga practices also require very little equipment. Straps and foam blocks can sometimes be used as auxiliary equipment. Yoga practices can be done anywhere that the participant has space for a mat and can achieve focus.

Pilates

Pilates

Pilates is a bodyweight movement method that focuses on careful mental control, alignment, breathing, and repetition. Pilates benefits include strengthening the core, improved posture, and full body alignment. Eight weeks of pilates practice improves abdominal endurance, flexibility, and balance. While doing pilates on a mat gives you the most flexible about when or where you workout, pilates classes can also be conducted on a reformer that helps to target and isolate strength building in particular muscles.

Pilates works several muscle groups throughout each session and can be a powerful tool to lean and tone those muscles while also gaining flexibility and mobility. Many pilates classes also focus on breathing, similar to yoga, and can teach participants breathing coping techniques for when the body works at its max capacity.

Pilates is not frequently practiced alone or daily. Instead, it works best as part of a well-rounded strength and fitness plan. When used with other exercises, pilates is a way to tone muscle groups and increase mobility and flexibility throughout the body. Since pilates combines a different moveset from other body-weight exercises, it can help to add variety into a routine and provide much-needed core strengthening.

Power 90 Extreme (P90x)

P90x stands for Power 90 Extreme, a home fitness program by Beachbody. This is a ninety day home fitness and wellness regimen that helps participants develop a lean, ripped body and maintain longer-term fitness. The ninety-day aspect of this fitness plan is important for creating habits and reaching goals. Workouts include resistance and body-weight training, cardio, plyometrics and ab exercises, martial arts, and yoga.

The P90x also works alongside a low-carb nutrition plan to help participants keep in shape and a fitness calendar for tracking progress, plotting out time to exercise, and setting goals. The nutrition plan is not recommended for long term health and should be used sparingly, since it is not clinically proven for optimal health.

The p90x is better for individuals who are already somewhat in shape and can perform more strenuous exercise. Essentially the p90x workouts are based on circuit training. The plan targets a specific part of the body each day, including the chest, back, shoulders, arms, and biceps, and legs.

While the P90x requires working out each day of the week for about one to one-and-a-half hours of vigorous training, each muscle group has downtime based on how the individual rotates the DVD workouts. Each workout heavily features plyometrics, kickboxing, cardio, core training and ab exercises, yoga, and stretching. Due to the great amount of variation in the p90x’s long workouts, its system works based off of “muscle confusion”, where the workout schedule is so varied that the body does not fully adapt to it.

Ido Portal Method

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Ido Portal is a trainer who has refined the art of movement. With Movement Culture, fitness and health connect via performance, art, and aesthetics. Movement Culture seeks to distill the most powerful parts of traditional physical disciplines while shedding unhelpful dogmas.

The Ido Portal method was developed from traditional martial arts and fighting styles. The idea is to push the limits of what the human body is capable of. This method brings together its martial arts roots with dance, yoga, athletics, gymnastics, and acrobatics. The art of movement is more freeform than other weight training and exercise methods. It can include lifestyle considerations, philosophy, and discussion among other participants of Movement Culture.

Important movements to the method include balancing, imitating animal movements, sparring, expression, exploration, and improvisation.

Conclusion

Ultimately, there are a variety of ways to get fit outside of the gym, many of which add different flavors and levels of excitement to your routine, keeping it from becoming stale or monotonous. Most methods of working out outside of the gym will require using your bodyweight to train each of your muscle groups. Once you start doing this, cardio and calorie-burn naturally follow. The key here is persistence and consistency, as well as finding an activity that you personally enjoy.

Couples Summer Concert & Spa Date

The Thursday night concerts at Burton Chace Park have a classical flair. Couples can enjoy free concerts at Marina Del Rey’s Burton Chace park. The waterfront park makes a lovely setting for a picnic; bring your blanket and low back chairs and don’t forget your jackets (it can get pretty chilly at night!). From Creative Chakra Spa you can grab a water taxi for just $1, a short walk along the marina lagoon.


July 11: Opera by the Shore

July 25: Sights, Sounds & Dance in America

August 8: Kronos Quartet

August 22: Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, a fully staged production. Encore show on Saturday, August 24.

8 Easy and Convenient Ways for Seniors to Eat and Live

Research and studies about health education remind us that the earlier we institute healthy habits, the more substantial the rewards. However, integrating healthy habits at any time of life provides major benefits. Here are some easy ways you can live a healthier life.

1. Meal delivery services

If you struggle with getting to the grocery store to find fresh fruit and vegetables, try a meal delivery service instead. Check out local options so you can take the guesswork out of putting together healthy meals. Analyses show that plant-based meals are one of the most popular meal delivery options, and they make healthy eating an easy and convenient choice. Meal delivery services can deliver your food ready to eat, or they can send you ingredients and recipes that you cook yourself.

2. Do strength training for your bones

Strength training obviously builds muscle, but it also plays an important role in protecting joints from injury and preserving bone density. It’s good for your bones to stay active, which can prevent a lot of injuries down the road. If you aren’t very active, start off with some easy exercises that use chairs and other assistive devices. You can use light weights and use variations on exercise that will help your bones stay strong.

3. Exercise in groups

If you are looking to work out, try doing it in a group. Working out in a group provides a motivating social community. You can also find instructors who can give tips to help prevent injury. Many local recreation centers hold exercise classes for seniors. There are also yoga studios that have teachers who can cater to your needs. Yoga is a great adaptive exercise that fits people of all skill levels, because there are so many ways to practice it. It’s also important to stay social, so working out in a group is a way to do both.

4. Get outside regularly

According to an article from Business Insider, getting outside can help sharpen the mind, improve short-term memory, and even boost the immune system. The indoors can be even more polluted than the outdoors, so getting fresh air is especially good for your lungs. If you aren’t in a position to leave your house, try opening a window or a door to enjoy a fresh breeze. Try to get outdoors at least once a day.

Marina Peninsula Lagoon where Creative Chakra Spa is located

5. Spend time with close friends and family

Stress can accelerate the aging at a cellular level, but having a strong social support group can help the body regulate its stress response. Reach out to people you love, and spend time with them at least once a week. It helps to have positive social interactions at least once a day, and making new friends can be one good way to do it. Ask people questions about themselves, and find things that you have in common.

6. Catch up on those Zzz’s

Sleep patterns often change as individuals age, which can result in a harder time falling asleep or staying asleep. Getting enough sleep is good for your memory and cognitive function, so try to find ways to wind down before bed. It helps if you start winding down at least 30 minutes before bed, although the ideal would be an hour before bed. Do relaxing activities and shut off screens during that time. Take some time to meditate and calm your mind.

7. Think about modifications and security

If you start noticing that getting around your house is becoming a bit more troublesome, then you might need to think about making some quality-of-life modifications. For example, in addition to adding grab bars and non-slip flooring in the bathroom, you can add a railing to staircases to ensure you have proper support when going between floors. Also, take your safety and security into consideration. Modern home tech such as smart doorbells allow you to see who’s on the other side of the door without having to answer it, and security cameras keep an eye on things around your property via an app on your tablet or smartphone.

8. Play mind games

Enjoying brain games can help build up a mental reserve that protects the mind from dementia and age-related cognitive decline. Some of these games include crossword puzzles, sudoku, visual puzzles, and mazes. You can find brain games online and on apps as well. You’ll also benefit from learning new skills, developing your critical thinking, and improving your mind daily.

Sometimes, healthy living can feel far out of your grasp, but there are convenient ways to improve the way you live. Signing up for meal delivery, exercising, getting outside, and socializing are just a few ways to improve your overall health. Try to make time in your life for your own health, because there’s only one you.

Simple Health Habits you can adopt right now

Many health goals and resolutions require us to overhaul our regular routine completely, but this might be exactly why they fail. Changing too many things in your life at once is a great way to get overwhelmed and abandon the healthy habits you’ve set your mind on. Instead, start by making small tweaks to various areas of your life and building on these. The following health strategies are a great place to start, since they can be easily incorporated into your life.

Keep Your Air Clean

Your health efforts may go unnoticed if indoor air pollution is causing you fatigue, headaches, memory problems, and difficulty concentrating. Consider getting an air purifier to keep the air in your home free from harmful chemicals, smoke, mold spores, bacteria, and dust mite allergens. Air purifiers are especially important if you have pets, since these beloved animals introduce dander and outdoor allergens into our homes, triggering allergic reactions.

Read through online guides, like those on HowToHome, to find the top air purifiers for your specific needs. Though air purifiers cannot remove 100 percent of all pollutants in your air, they can have an extremely positive impact on your health. Plus, cleaning up your air can relieve respiratory problems and make it easier for you to exercise!

Walk Everywhere You Can

Walking is one of the easiest exercises to adopt into everyday life, and it has several head-to-toe health benefits. Walking just 30 minutes every day can improve your mood, cut down on body fat, lower blood sugar, and boost your digestive system. Aim to walk—instead of drive or take public transportation—when you just have a short distance to go, or schedule a half-an-hour walk into your day whenever it makes the most sense to you. If you have trouble sleeping, consider walking just a couple of hours before bed, since exercise in the early evenings can help combat insomnia. Take a walk along the shoreline after visiting Creative Chakra Spa

Go to Bed Earlier

Let’s face it: most of us can use a little extra sleep. According to research reported by Entrepreneur, going to bed just 30 minutes earlier every night can make a huge difference in your levels of daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and tension. If you need some help finding the motivation to jump into bed a little earlier, then avoid snacking, watching TV, and scrolling on your phone—these activities are much more stimulating to the body and mind than you may realize. Shirodhara can help put the constitution in balance by calming the vata elements of restlessness, anxiety and insomnia. There are also gentle herbs to help you sleep better such as a 5mg dose of melatonin, along with magnesium, valerian root, hops extract, and 5-HTP (Griffonia Simplicifolia) and you can buy patches t app

Put Down Your Phone

Smartphones give us instant access to our social media accounts all day, every day. Though social media connects us with others, it can actually contribute to mental health issues and make us feel lonely. Social media also takes a hit on our self-esteem as we’re bombarded by the achievements and good fortune of those around us. A recent study revealed that people who reduced their social media usage reported improved well-being as well as lower levels of depression and loneliness. If you must be a techie then download a meditation app or buy a fibit that schedules relaxation time better still schedule a yoga or meditation session at Creative Chakra Spa and turn your phone off!

Eat for Your Brain

The Harvard Medical School stresses that certain diets, especially those high in refined sugars, can disrupt our normal brain functions and contribute to mood disorders like depression. People who consume diets high in vegetables, fish, and unprocessed grains have a reduced risk of depression than those who consume a Western diet that’s high in processed foods. Since it’s a lot of work to change your eating habits completely, just try to be aware of the food you’re eating and how it makes you feel. Try slowly replacing certain staples in your diet, such as swapping white pasta for quinoa or vegetable oil for coconut oil. Remember, building healthy habits into your routine is not an all-or-nothing process. It doesn’t matter if you indulge your sweet tooth or stay up super late every once in a while—in fact, this does not affect the process of habit-formation. Allow yourself to make mistakes and get back on track as quickly as possible. In the end, being forgiving is much more motivating than falling into a cycle of discouraging self-criticism. Creative Chakra can help you identify diets for your Ayurvedic constitution when you are ready to go the next step further in balancing hormones and detoxing.

Creative Chakra Healing Retreat
The Venice Fishing Pier is 3 tiny blocks from Creative Chakra Spa and is located at the end of the Venice Boardwalk.

3 Steps to Winter Wellness

3 Steps to Winter Wellness

Paige A. Mitchell

Winter is a wonderful season in many parts of the world—snowflakes, hot chocolate, getting cozy in front of a roaring fire, taking lots of naps. Here in Southern California though, we have it easy. The temperature rarely drops to uncomfortable levels and all you usually need is a light jacket to enjoy the crisp air.

But winter can also take a toll on everyone’s mental wellness, no matter your locale. In terms of wellness, there are family dynamics are tested during the holidays, it can be easy to lose energy as we have a tendency to lounge more in winter, and we all set New Year goals that aren’t attainable or sustainable. If this sounds like you, here are some ways to stay healthy and be well this winter.

1. Keep moving

It’s tempting to stay in pajamas all weekend, to plan brunch with friends instead of attending your morning yoga session, and to feel tired with the lack of daylight in winter. However, keeping up with a workout routine if you have one, or establishing one if you don’t, is a great way to reduce stress, increase energy, and ensure a healthy winter season. By all means, go to brunch, we’re not about to keep you away from your eggs benedict, but perhaps consider going for a hike first, or playing some frisbee at the park with your dog.

2. Balance social events with “me” time

If you’re an introvert, you may be completely fine with spending day after day by yourself after work. But after a while, we all need to get out of the house and socialize with other people. Plan to spend at least one night a week in a social setting. If you don’t feel like going out, you could even have some people over to watch a favorite TV show or play games. It can be as low key as you want and could even prove to be a relaxing part of your week.

On the other hand, if you’re an extrovert and usually thrive on being around lots of other people, schedule at least one night a week alone to recharge. Draw a hot bath (use a luxurious bath bomb or face mask if you’d like), play some soothing music, journal, or watch a movie. It may seem boring at first, but after a few weeks you may come to enjoy the ritual. Booking a chakra session or a reiki facial at Creative Chakra Spa will rejuvenate your soul as a special retreat and walk on the quiet beach or lagoon after.

3. Take special care of your body

Germs abound in the winter when it seems like everyone around you is coughing and sneezing or sniffling to some degree. Go back to the basics of washing your hands frequently, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and avoiding work and public places when you yourself are sick. Book a lymphatic massage and private infra-red sauna at Creative Chakra Spa which helps cleanse the whole body and pull the toxins out of the fat cells. The infra-red sauna is comfortable and heart healthy, as well as purifying the lungs. You only a sweat 20 mins into the session and it is quite a sweat! You may also want to take a multivitamin, supplemented with a big dose of vitamin C and D, and perhaps try some elderberry to buffer your immune system. If you feel the flu coming on, be gentle with yourself and work in some extra self-care to your routine. Take a good look around your house for culprits of sickness too. Dirty HVAC filters could be affecting the air quality at home while hard water could lead to dry skin and breakouts. Try the vitamin C showers after your session at Creative Chakra Spa, the skin is the largest organ on your body and vitamin C promotes collagen growth and healthy hair.

With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to staying well during the winter and blossoming in the spring.

Valentines’ Couples Massage

5 Benefits to Couple’s Massage

Couples massage is an increasingly popular way to help couples relax, bond, and enjoy time with each other. As Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, consider couples massage as a nontraditional gift to your partner that has both momentary and lasting benefits to your romantic relationship. Just a massage of 30 minutes or more can have several benefits to you and your partner that both of you will cherish.

Increase Affection

The love and care invoked by seeing your partner’s relaxed face during a couple’s massage provides an enhanced feeling of affection. Through the power of touch, massage stimulates social hormone production, including the release of oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine in the body, which helps a couple feel more connected, affectionate, and intimate both during the massage and after. Just like when kissing or cuddling, massage stimulates the same type of great chemistry, particularly through the release of the oxytocin chemical. In turn, massage increases the bond between a couple, more so than couples who do not get massages together.

Reconnect

As couples can feel distant due to the demands of work and daily life, it pays to take time out of your busy schedule and reconnect. Invest in massage as a means to rekindle the feeling of living in the moment and appreciating the moment. Getting a massage together for the first time can spark memories of your first date and even your first kiss. A couple’s massage can be your next adventure together, where you draw together to be stronger together to calm any nerves you have about trying something new. The same chemicals that spurn affection also help you feel connected and happy for time beyond the massage.

Enjoy the Present

It’s so easy to be caught up in the past or worried about the future, and it is easy to get stuck in the past as relates to a long-term relationship. However, it is the ‘now’ that is paramount. Massages help you appreciate the moment and want to live in the now. Being fully present helps you engage in the moment with your partner, where that mindful awareness can extend beyond that massage into the daily relationship. So don’t get swept away from outside demands, where treating yourself and your partner to a couple’s massage helps you simply live in the now with your partner, where you and your partner can simply appreciate each other for being together.

Spend Time Together

Rejuvenate your relationship by doing more than eating a meal together or just watching the same television show. Quality time together means no distractions like texting or other mobile alerts, where good old fashioned face-to-face time is everything. Time is the most valuable and precious gift you can share, and a couples massage is devoting your full self to your partner and building your relationship. Take the time to reconnect outside of you and your partner’s busy schedules,

Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Massage releases hormones to the body that relieve stress and tension both temporarily and long term. Naturally, relieving a build up of stress in each partner promotes the quality of the relationship. Massage leads to calmness and hence sets the tone for romance. This ‘escape from reality’ helps you remember what is most important, namely your relationship with your partner, which in turn reduces stress and anxiety. A reduction in stress and anxiety can also promote better sleep for both partners, where massage and a good mattress can do wonders for a relationship. Once your massage is over, you’ll be racing to get home and get back under the sheets (wink, wink).

Sign up for a couple’s massage today and reap the relationship benefits! Creative Chakra Spa offers a variety of excellent couples massage packages. Pick the one that sounds especially right for you and your special Valentine! Book Online or call or text 31-721-2389. We are the bucket list for couples massage.

Soul Doctor this Sunday

“Creative Chakra Spa is honored to host an all day healing event this Sunday”

Come meet and have a healing from Shivananda, a living saint flown in from Italy along with Los Angeles-based Soul Doctor Juleann. 

This is Shivananda’s first trip to the USA. Through the grace of the Masters, his Divine channels have opened in this lifetime.  You are invited to experience pure Divine Love in his presence. Shivananda’s universal mission in this time of great transformation is to lead the souls that come to him to understand truth, which is awakening the heart.

Juleann has more than 20 years of training and experience healing souls. Juleann is a certified Soul Doctor by enlightened Masters Shirdi Sai Baba + Kaleshwar who directly trained her starting by healing her mom of breast cancer. After receiving her spiritual awakening in India more than 12 years ago, Juleann continues to see angels and Divine souls with her eyes open and heal with the same techniques Jesus + Mary, Shiva + Parvati, and many Divine souls know that has resulted in medical miracles and more. She has spoken at the UN and on the radio, and is a published author. Juleann’s mission is to heal, awaken and grow Masters by empowering souls with the ancient knowledge, meditations and healing techniques of the enlightened Masters that have returned after 2,000 years in alignment with Divine truth, right action, peace and love.

Healings will be offered in 30 minute sessions with all day spa access on the beach in Marina Del Rey.  $140 for 30 minutes. Register by texting (310) 869-4617 your name and email address or email SSBGSseva@gmail.com
If possible, please be available from 1-9pm. If you need or prefer a specific time slot, please specify so we can do our best to accommodate your needs.  

Please plan to arrive at least one hour prior to your session.

Sleep Better Tonight to Unlock the Secret to Looking and Feeling Youthful

We do so much during the day to keep ourselves looking and feeling young, but anti-aging doesn’t stop when we go to bed. Sleep is regenerative for your body and mind, which is why it’s crucial to fighting off those pesky signs of aging. If you aren’t getting the sleep you need, try these tips for improving your sleep habits and getting the full benefits of staying well rested.

The Connection Between Sleep and Aging

We have all heard the saying “get your beauty sleep,” but this is more than just a cliche. These are just a few of the ways that sleep is linked to looking and feeling better.

  • Skin: A lack of sleep can lead to all kinds of skin problems, including dryness, wrinkles, puffy eyes, and poor complexion. Your skin produces collagen while you’re asleep, which helps keep skin texture soft and wards off wrinkles. Your body also produces melatonin at night, which is an antioxidant that keeps dark spots and fine lines away.
  • Body: Not getting enough sleep interferes with muscle repair after exercise, which means you’re undoing all your hard work in the gym when you don’t get enough rest. Sleep can also interfere with metabolism, immunity, and even your mood. According to NBC News, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, not only will your appearance suffer, but your energy level and overall health can also suffer.

Creating Better Sleep Habits

Even when we understand the importance of sleep, the realities of everyday life sometimes get in the way. To break that cycle, create a relaxing sleep environment and a good bedtime routine.

Your Sleep Environment:

The space where you sleep has a major impact on how well you sleep. Your bedroom needs to be relaxing and soothing to the senses. Even the slightest amount of light can interrupt sleep, but an easy solution is to use blackout shades. The blue light emitted from your TV is also a major culprit in interfering with sleep patterns, so keep the TV out of your bedroom entirely.

Staying comfortable and creating a feeling of relaxation are key too. Do you have a good quality mattress and comfy bedding that you just want to snuggle into? If not, it may be time for an upgrade. Also, be sure to wash bed linens frequently. Not only will you sleep better in a fresh, cozy bed, but it will also help keep your skin clear. Changing pillowcases is especially important because dirt and product buildup can cause clogged pores.

Bedtime Routine:

Along with a comfy, cozy bedroom, a good bedtime routine can help you sleep better and make the most of the natural process of rejuvenation that happens overnight.

  • Hold the nightcap: Having a glass of wine in the evening can be relaxing, but drinking too much alcohol — especially close to bedtime — interferes with sleep and wreaks havoc on your skin. Instead of alcohol, opt for a cup of tea (non-caffeinated) or a glass of water to stay hydrated overnight.
  • Relax and unwind: Stress and lack of sleep are two of the worst culprits for skin problems, and it’s even worse when they work in tandem. Find ways to calm your mind at night to get the sleep you need. Exercising, soaking in a warm bath, and doing gentle yoga before bed are all great ways to keep stress away.
  • Give skin some TLC: This should start with a daily skincare routine. Always wash your face at night! Even if you’re not wearing makeup, going to bed with dirty skin can lead to clogged pores, and it prevents the natural process of skin renewal. Along with basic skincare, add in these tricks from Style Salute to really keep skin glowing, including tying hair back at night and using a humidifier for maximum moisturization.

Of course, caring for your skin is only part of the solution, as taking care of yourself with good nutrition and exercise is also necessary for youthfulness. But above all, getting a good night’s rest is the secret to pulling it all together to look and feel your best.

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How To Achieve A Great Physical And Mental Balance

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How To Achieve A Great Physical And Mental Balance

Achieving physical and mental wellness is something most of us work on throughout the year, but with the pressures of daily life and the stress they can bring, it’s not always possible to feel good everyday. It’s important to try, however, as it can boost your mood, your positivity, and your overall wellbeing.

One of the best ways to achieve wellness is to exercise everyday, but it can be hard for many people to find the time. Working long hours, making sure the kids are taken care of, and keeping up with household demands all require energy and time, making it difficult to find either when it comes to working out. However, there are some simple ways you can work in some time for yourself, which can boost both your physical and your mental health.

Here are a few of the best ways to find balance and feel better.

Practice yoga

Yoga is one of the best ways to find personal balance between physical and mental health because it combines physical activity with mindfulness, which allows you to focus on the present moment. Yoga is about breathing, stretching, and paying attention to your body’s cues, all of which can help you in daily life. Also, it’s something you can either do alone or with a friend, depending on your mood. Consider taking it a step further and adding meditation to your yoga ritual. Meditation and yoga go hand in hand as a way to practice mindfulness and stress reduction. Try setting up a specific space in your home free from distractions. A spare bedroom can be the perfect spot for a home gym where you can practice yoga.

Get some good sleep

The amount of sleep you get every night can really affect your mood, energy level, and overall well-being, so it’s important to make sure you’re getting adequate rest. Get into a bedtime routine that relaxes you, such as taking a hot shower, using lavender lotion, or turning off all screens an hour before you’re ready to go to sleep. Try to go to bed at the same time every night, and silence your phone so the notifications won’t wake you.

However, while exercising and following a proper sleep schedule can help you get plenty of quality rest, they can only do so much. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, sleep will elude you, and it’s probably the result of a poor mattress. If it’s been at least five years since you purchased one, it might be time to consider investing in a new mattress. When you decide it’s finally time to take the plunge, ensure you’re getting a mattress that supports proper spine alignment, which can help feel rested and energized when it’s time to rise in the morning.

Reduce your stress

Stress can leave you feeling tired, overwhelmed, and anxious and can take away from your job performance or enjoyment of the things you once loved. Making an effort to reduce your stress can help you stay positive and feel better. Some ways you can do this include practicing a hobby you enjoy, spending time with your loved ones, getting organized to make daily life easier, and eliminating clutter in your home (which can take a toll on your mental health).

Eat right

Eating well-balanced meals and mixing fresh fruits and veggies into your routine can help you feel better in just about every way. Not only will you get the benefit of the vitamins from all those great foods, you’ll also stay fit and have more energy to tackle anything that will come your way. If you find yourself running to the vending machine on your break at work, start bringing resealable baggies full of whole-grain pretzels, carrot sticks, nuts, and dried fruit to keep in your desk.

Get social

Getting social can help boost your self-esteem and keep you active, so consider joining a club or group where you can spend time with others while doing something you enjoy. Or, start your own group in your community, such as a running club that meets once a week.

Achieving physical and mental balance may not be overly easy, but it doesn’t need to be stressful, either. Take your time finding things you enjoy and learning new routines. Don’t be hard on yourself if you backslide a bit, especially in the beginning; try to be patient and lean on your friends and family for support.