When we think of fitness, one of the first words that comes to mind is the gym. After New Year’s Day, a good number of people make going to the gym their resolution. In fact, in January, there are a lot of people attending the gym but as time progresses, they quit. This is because gyms are not fitting for everyone and their motivation decreases. If you fall into this category, you may ask yourself “if not the gym, then what?”

Fitness Classes 

A good alternative to the gym is fitness classes. There is a variety of such classes: some are held at a gym, some are outdoors, and some are also held online. Thus, there is something to fit everyone’s lifestyle. This leads to the next question, but where do I start with such a variety?

Home Workouts

If you are a person who is constantly away from home, working out from home may be an option to consider. This gives you time to be at home whilst doing something for yourself and to improve your lifestyle. Many trainers upload free workouts on YouTube, and you do not even require any equipment. This can be a good start for you so that you can decide if home workouts are for you. Also several gyms that offer programmes that you can follow online. If you want a sense of community whilst working out from home, there are several groups based in Malta that provide a fitness community. For example, having a closed Facebook group that you can join to connect with others who are on a similar fitness journey as you. 

Staying Fit, Staying Social 

Besides the obvious goal of being healthy, fitness can be a way to socialize with others. Joining a physical class can help you to meet new people who have similar interests with you. If a friend is coming with you, perhaps you can carpool. This allows you to catch up on your way to the fitness class and after. When you join a fitness class, it is very common for the same group of individuals to attend regularly. This allows you the opportunity to get to know the other members. 

Besides creating new friendships, you can also motivate each other to keep attending and during the workouts, push each other not to give up and keep going. When it comes to fitness classes there is a huge variety to choose from. They will vary by intensity and modality; perhaps you like something less intense such as yoga or something intense such as HIIT classes. If you like a challenge, there are also classes for several races that are held such as obstacle course races (OCR). You can join a team and train together to compete.

Step Outside 

Finally, if you want to start your fitness journey away from the gym, you can also start going for walks or runs. Once again you may decide to do this as a solo activity or find someone who would like to join you. Also remember that any fitness journey requires not only physical exercise but also good nutrition. 

If you would like more professional help in these areas, you can book an appointment here with professionals such as a nutritionist and personal trainer who can guide you through this journey.

Dr Marilyn Muscat is registered as an Educational Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council in the United Kingdom where she trained. She works with children, adolescents and their families to understand more about educational, social and emotional well-being concerns that they have and to help them improve upon their difficulties. She can be contacted on marilyn@willingness.com.mt or call us on 79291817.