According to science, physical fitness is important for your health and happiness. The best way to get in shape is to get lots of exercise and eat a healthy diet. But finding the time to work out and eat well is hard. How can you stick to a meal plan when you're too busy staying late at work or running a household or eating Doritos on the couch? Plus gym memberships can be expensive and you still have to actually go there and do stuff.
But luckily, there are ways to remain physically fit without having to go to the gym. Here are some other things you can do to get in shape.
1. Clean your house.
Cleaning burns calories! Drink some coffee, put on some music, and thoroughly clean your house from top to bottom—scrub the floors, vacuum behind the furniture, wash the blinds, tear down any cobwebs in the corners, shake out the rugs and the children—really break a sweat.
2. Take the stairs.
If you work in an office building, or a multi-storied building on any floor higher than the second, chances are you take the elevator. But skipping the elevator and taking the stairs can be a pretty decent workout, especially if you work on the 15th or 20th or 40th floor. And what better way to arrive at work every day than sweaty, out of breath, and ready to puke? Everyone will be so impressed with you. Think about how much better you are than them! Bunch of lazy elevator-takers…wake up, sheeple! Soon you'll be the kind of person who brags about not having a television. Get psyched!
3. Get lost in the woods for a few days.
Nothing gets the blood pumping like a good hike—the fresh air, the rocky terrain, the constant fear of bears and witches, it's all so invigorating! Now imagine hiking almost non-stop for days. Getting lost in the woods is a great way to kickstart yourself into healthy living. You'll be walking until your feet blister and bleed, trying to tell direction based on the sun's activity, realizing you are unable to do that, losing water weight from shedding tears of distress, and foraging for insects and bark because you ran out of food—you'll be fit in no time!
4. Get trapped in an elevator for the weekend.
If you're looking to get rid of distractions so you can really focus on your physical fitness, getting trapped in an elevator for a few days might be for you. You'd have no food, other than whatever you were carrying in your pockets (which, for some of us, is actually fairly substantial), and so much time for crunches and squats and other things that are done in "reps." Claustrophobic? That's a bonus—panic enough and you'll get some serious cardio in. Great job!
5. Get put in jail.
Have you ever seen TV shows where people are in prison? They work out SO MUCH. Like pretty much all day long. Push ups, sit ups, other ups, you name it. Plus, maybe you'll escape! Escaping prison is hard work, what with digging a tunnel for months (probably) and fleeing from guards with guns and all that stuff. So whether you decide to do your time like a sucker or break free and live as a fugitive on the run, you're sure to come out in better shape physically than you were when you went in. Enjoy your newfound fitness!