5 Ways to Stay Active While Living in an Apartment
Whether it’s raining, you’re short on time or would simply love to save the extra costs of a gym membership, you might be looking for ways to stay active and burn energy while living in your inner-city apartment. The great news is that it’s entirely possible to feel great and stay fit close to home, and here are five ways to do just that.
Get to know the gym in your building
The shared gyms and fitness facilities in some new buildings have come a long way from the standard ‘treadmill in a dusty basement’ offering. LIV offers a modern cardio gym and flexi space where there are regular free yoga sessions for residents, for example. This is not only an excellent way to save cash on a gym membership: it’s also a perfect way to meet your new neighbours.
Go for a run or bike ride
In a place like LIV Indigo in Sydney Olympic Park you’ll have beautiful landscaped gardens, a kid’s play zone, a dog exercise area and beautiful parklands all close to home. You could jog along the pathways or cycle to the station for your daily commute. The bike share facilities and the bike repair station provided in your building means you can always keep your wheels turning.
Make the most of compact gym equipment
It’s possible to set up a convenient home gym without crowding your space with a bulky rowing machine. Foam rollers, resistance bands, kettlebells and adjustable dumbbells can all be your friend in this respect. Some people add pull-up bars to their door frame and put in 10 reps every time they walk through. No equipment? No problem. There are plenty of bodyweight resistance exercises like squats, push-ups and lunges to get your sweat on.
Use your living room space to the max
With so many free and premium exercise classes now online, all you have to do is push back your couch and press play if it’s raining outside. We’re loving the Yoga with Adrienne YouTube channel for free yoga classes covering all abilities, and there are a bunch of dance classes available if you’re looking to pick up some new choreography.
Go hard while house cleaning
It might seem a little unlikely that you’d burn much energy while cleaning your living spaces, but some chores can be surprisingly active. The trick is to do things ‘the hard way’ where you can. Washing windows can burn around 100-150 calories in 30 minutes, for example, while a good bathroom scrub could burn around 90 calories in 15 minutes. It might not be glamorous, but you’ll end up with a sparkling home for your efforts!
So there you have it – 5 quick and convenient ways to stay active close to home.