Joining a gym or fitness centre is a great way to stay in shape but it’s not the only way. For all those looking for alternatives, here’s a list to help you get started.


A great alternative during the petrol crisis, it’s something you can strive for even after. A good pair of shoes is all you need. Set your pace at different levels to get the most out of this workout. Walk for at least 30 to 45 minutes every day. Take the stairs when you can. During work hours, make sure to get off your chair and walk around for a few minutes.


Bootcamp workouts are great fun. Create your own challenge with friends or alone. Try this circuit: jumping jacks, lunges, push ups, tricep dips and sit ups. Do each exercise for 60 to 90 seconds, take short breaks in between and repeat. The whole cycle can be done 4 to 5 times. Add different set of exercises or variations as you progress.


There’s nothing quite like playing in team. Football, futsal, hockey, cricket, take a pick of your favourite game and get going. Just a beginner. No problem, create a team with neig bours, friends, colleagues.


With the fantastic hiking trails our country offers, it’s a no brainer that hiking is a great choice for working out especially on a sunny winter weekend. An activity that can be enjoyed alone or with family, get some fresh air in the great outdoors. You’ll be filled with a sense of accomplishment and come back energised for the week ahead. Make sure to have on good sturdy shoes, a cap, oranges and lots of water to sip.


Head to Dashrath Rangashala for a track workout. Running will be more exciting on a real track. Change your speed to challenge your body.


There are several free yoga classes that are run outdoors. Consider joining one. You can always practice at home or outdoors if you have learnt some level of yoga from a trained teacher. I would strongly advise refraining from just following books or DVDs on this one.


To get yourself into the right mindset, dress as you would for a workout before tackling your chores. Geared up, now put on some upbeat music and focus on the task at hand, adding intensity with a few push ups, squats and planks in between.


Community service is of great value in these difficult times. Sign up to help rebuild homes, distribute blankets, make toilets, paint or clean debris. It’s hard work but comes with a lot of satisfaction and definitely counts as a workout when you are constantly on the move.

Just remember, your body needs to keep moving to stay healthy and strong. Climb walls, cycle, jump around and dance, whatever you choose keep aside 30 to 45 minutes each day for an organized activity that helps you sweat, frees up energy and makes you feel good.

The author is a certified professional fitness instructor, founder and master trainer at Rage Fitness and a fitness columnist who specialises in mixed martial arts.