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Minimalist fitness - 10 tips and items to stay fit without a gym

What is minimalist fitness - and how can you stay fit without even going to the gym? If you are looking for answers to these questions, you are absolutely right here! Minimalism and fitness come together when you make your own training as efficient as possible, increase your own well-being and at the same time need no or only a few devices and objects.

Whether it's a general fitness level, losing weight, building muscle or general leisure activities with friends - in this article I'll show you how to make your training more fun, save money for the gym, shape your body and protect the environment at the same time. Let's go!

  1. Focus on workouts with your own body weight
  2. Get a durable exercise mat
  3. Use online courses for inspiration and motivation
  4. Get dumbbell, air conditioning bar and kettlebell
  5. Combine fitness sessions and active leisure activities
  6. Train at home, in parks and at playgrounds
  7. Block out 30 - 60 minutes every day for your workout
  8. See the goal and enjoy training
  9. Eat a balanced plant-based diet
  10. Give your body time to recover

1. Focus on workouts with your own body weight

You don't need a gym with thousands of machines. It is often precisely this abundance of options that inhibits your own training success due to a lack of structure. But you don't need a home gym with hundreds of machines and weights either. The most important basis for a good, sustainable training you always have with you: your own body weight. As a fitness minimalist, you focus on the workouts that make you feel good. get you as close as possible to your goal with as little effort as possible.

2. get a durable training mat

Minimalist fitness with a simple training mat

Of course, you can't completely do without auxiliary items when training without a gym. A sturdy, durable fitness mat is essential. You can roll it up and take it with you wherever you go - and you can Dozens of effective exercises with your own body weight on it. From warming up, to sweaty workouts, to stretching afterwards. If you look after your mat, it will serve you well for many years to come. A very good example of how minimalism and fitness harmonize.

3. use online courses for inspiration and motivation

There are countless recommended online fitness courses. But YouTube is also teeming with great free training videos. Either way, you can find inspiration there for your next Yoga session or your next Power Workout to suit the body area you want to train. The trainers will also push you to peak performance (within your own four walls) and ensure that you achieve your self-defined training goals.

4. Get dumbbell, air conditioning bar and kettlebell

You shouldn't buy new-fangled fitness equipment for your training sessions just because it's trendy. That would definitely contradict the minimalist mindset. And even if you can basically stay fit without equipment, there are some items that will bring you closer to your training goals and increase the cornucopia of Combining options from the gym. A Barbella pull-up bar, a kettlebell and two or three resistance bands are basically all you need. Supplemented by the usual items such as running shoes, bike and the like, of course.

A small number of devices and items is therefore enough to save you from the countless choices in the gym. At the same time you do not live in abundance and can save your wallet as well as Conserve natural resources.

5. Combine fitness sessions and active leisure activities

Do regular, sweat-inducing home workouts on your mat - but don't forget to keep your body and really challenge all your muscles all the time. Go to squash, jogging, climbing, Bicycle ride, swimming or take a walk - whatever you feel like doing. At the same time, these leisure activities should also Regeneration of the muscle groups that you have worked particularly hard during your bodyweight workout.

6. Train at home, in parks and at playgrounds

Training group in the park

As you don't need a gym or countless pieces of equipment with minimalist fitness, you also stay quite flexible when answering the question where you do your workout. You can do it alone at home in the living room, but also in the nearby park or on the beach. Public fitness bars and versatile playgrounds perform. I personally like to jog to the fitness pole at the Weißensee - and combine running and strength training in this way.

7. block out 30 - 60 minutes every day for your workout

Minimalist fitness is basically free as soon as you have the basic equipment together - so it's also very good for Frugalists suitable!

But precisely because you no longer regularly pay your hard-earned money to the gym, your motivation to get on the fitness mat could suffer somewhat. That's why you should block out a timeslot every day (e.g. half an hour to an hour, depending on your personal goals) for your exercise session, which is place flexibly in your daily routine leaves. It is important that you really do your training as planned.

Notice: The excuse of 'bad weather' doesn't exist with minimalist fitness, as you can also train comfortably under your own roof.

8. See the goal and enjoy training

Sport shouldn't be murder, it should be fun. Enjoy the physical progress, the visible and noticeable increase in fitness level and on Training with friends.

If you notice that you are slowly losing interest, you should react immediately and optimize. My experience: make different and also Regular new workoutsTrain alone as well as with like-minded people, so that you can enjoy the journey to your fitness goal in the long term. This way you can train minimalistically and at the same time become extremely fit and stay that way in the long run.

9. eat a balanced plant-based diet

Minimalism in fitness - vegan diet is part of it

Even the most efficient workout is relatively ineffectivewhen you throw yourself on your couch with chips and coke afterwards to start the next series marathon. A balanced, healthy, plant-based and protein-rich diet will always bring you closer to your training goals. Make sure you put the Cliché of the pale, thin, weak vegan because plant-based cuisine offers you all the nutrients your body needs - without any antibiotics from the Factory farming and increased risk of cancer through the consumption of meat.

Beans, chickpeas, oatmeal, wholemeal pasta or peas, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and countless other foods are real protein bombs. So you can get muscles without meat, milk and eggs 😉.

Good to know: The reasons for veganism are not only health-related, but also ethical and ecological. Under "Why vegan?" I will explain them to you briefly and concisely.

10. give your body time to recover

Minimalist fitness is about training as efficiently as possible towards certain goals. However, when the body and muscles are under constant stress Injury-related interruptions pre-programmed. Therefore, allow yourself regular rest breaks and rest days - without losing sight of your fitness goal. Also make sure that you sleep better and enjoy a truly restful sleep.

Minimalist Fitness - You can stay fit without a gym!

Advice from experienced fitness trainers certainly can't hurt - but basically, the floor and walls in your own home, a yoga mat and a few machines and public parks and pull-up bars are enough to train flexibly and get extremely fit. Minimalist fitness really can be conveniently integrate into your own everyday life. At the same time, training without a gym is also environmentally friendly and saves resources - and Saves a lot of money sustainably!

Do you have any questions, tips or your own experiences with this form of fitness that you would like to share? Then I'm already looking forward to your comment!

Stay fit and sustainable,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

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Christoph Schulz

Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

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