5 Ways To Get Fit Without Going To The Gym

We’ve all been there. You’re running on a treadmill, facing a blank wall, feeling like you’re about to pass out, when you check the screen… you’ve been running for 6 minutes and have burned approximately 50 calories.

For many of us, the gym can be an uninspiring place, where we fall into a routine that is repetitive and mundane.

To inspire your fitness regime for the new year and remove the dreaded gym trip from the equation, we’ve created this list of our five favourite, outside-the-box fitness activities to try in 2019.

A series of weights are queued up in a gym
Your typical gym routine can get very boring after a while


Rock-climbing is a potential solution if you can relate to feeling bored at the gym, and is an ideal activity for those of us who struggle to stay focused during repetitive sets. Indeed, when it comes to climbing it’s a matter of strategy and skill just as much as it is strength and stamina.

Whilst hanging in the same spot on the wall as you plan your next move will work muscles you didn’t even know you had, there’s the added benefit that your mind is kept distracted from the strain, since you’re constantly thinking and navigating the wall.

A women looks up as she chalks her hands in preparation to begin rock climbing
Rock climbing is a great way to keep your mind and body ticking over at the same time

Martial arts

Exploring martial arts is another amazing way to escape a dull gym routine, and feel like a badass whilst doing so.

Open to both men and women, a huge advantage is the variety of martial art forms on offer for you to try, from Kickboxing to Muay Thai and MMA.

The only thing that won’t vary is the all-over body workout you’ll experience, from your upper body, glutes and core strength, to your sense of balance and coordination.

And don't worry about being punched in the face- 99% of people who train martial arts don't participate in the contact aspect of the arts.