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You Don't Need A Gym

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After all that has happened, I think everyone knows that you "don't need a gym:"

  • Use your home or public parks in your proximity

  • Start collecting small weights, yoga matt, stretch bands, etc., anything you like

  • Start small, then build on that later

  • Start walking, try to walk a mile in under 20 minutes. Walking your dog counts!

  • Learn Yoga online or YouTube or learn to do gentle stretching

  • Find a place at your house, inside or out, to keep your fitness equipment

  • Be consistent, strive for 30 minutes, three times a week at first. Designate a specific time of the day that works with your schedule

  • Get a workout buddy to hold each other accountable and inspire each other

  • Add biking, hiking, gardening, swimming to your routine. Spice it up a little!

  • Monitor your diet, get plenty of rest and touch base with all your friends

I have not gone back to my gym in over 2 years. Do I miss it? Yes! However, I am just as fit and happy. I do miss seeing my friends from the gym. Now, I see my friends on the public pathways and sidewalks.
I do weights at least 2 times a week, I ride my bike for 100 miles each week and I walk 3-4 miles in the morning with my wife and dog. I have not just maintained my conditioning, but I have improved it without going to the gym.
With my activities outside the gym and maintaining my teaching schedule I easily hit over 15,000 steps daily. I bought a blood pressure monitor for home use.
I have a visit with my internist twice a year, my wife and I are "flexitarian," vegetarian, no red meats with Salmon once a week. We don't drink alcohol anymore or carbonated drinks and I have never smoked. These are a lot of ways to get fit without a gym!
Good luck on the courts!

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John Mills' experience includes four years as head pro at the Windemere Racquet & Swim Club, where he was responsible for organization of all tennis activities at the club. John also played college tennis at the University of Houston and has spent 20 years teaching tennis at the Memorial Park Tennis Center, the Pasadena Racquet Club, and as the head pro at the Bay Area Racquet Club.


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