Exercise in Retirement Without Gyms

Exercise in Retirement Without Gyms

Staying in shape is vital during retirement, and there are plenty of things you can do to keep active without access to a gym. Maybe the gym is too expensive, too far away from your home, or you just don’t like using them. Perhaps you travel a lot and it’s hard to find a gym while you’re away. Here are some ways to exercise using your own home or right from your hotel room. Always talk to your doctor first about exercise routines and any additional Medicare supplement plans you should look into.

 

Elevated Flat Surfaces

This may sound overly simple, but don’t take elevated flat surfaces for granted. This could be the bed, a bench, a chair, a footrest, etc. Depending on the rigidity and height of the surface, there are various exercises that could be done.

 

Step ups are a great way to get a whole body sweat, particularly if stepping onto a surface that’s knee height or higher. Think of this as mimicing the act of climbing stairs, which can already be a workout, but picture them being giant stairs. Not only will you be burning your leg muscles, but if you do them at a fast enough pace you will really get your heart rate going along with it. This makes it somewhat of a cardio exercise as well.

 

Bench dips are another great, but often overlooked, exercise. Simply put your back to an elevated surface that’s again about knee height, press your palms down onto it as you face away, and extend your legs out in front of you with your heels on the ground and toes pointing up. Now mimic the act of dipping your body down towards the floor and pressing yourself back up. This will really get your triceps burning.

 

It may be obvious to say you could do push ups, all you really need is a floor for that, but you can also add a little more resistance to your push ups by doing them with your feet on an elevated surface. Just get into push up position near your bed or a bench, raise your feet up onto it, and continue doing push ups. It sounds simple, but you will feel the difference.

 

You can also use these elevated surfaces to stretch out once you’re done for a complete, total body workout. Now who said you couldn’t get a good workout in from a hotel room?