Monday, October 31, 2016

31 Days Of An Ultimate Fitness Challenge: Day 31 "Get Resources"

I don't know about you, but I like things that are free. Which means you don't need a gym membership to do fitness. It's free. It doesn't cost a dime:

  • to go for a walk, jog or run. 
  • to do squats, push-ups, sit-ups, burpees, or squat thrusts
  • to do yoga
  • to play hard

Why spend money when you can do it for free? This is one reason why I would like to close this month's series by providing you with resources to help you keep moving. I've used each of these and each one is outstanding in their own right.
  • SparkPeople (easy to difficult) is a comprehensive site that includes a massive library of resources, training material, nutritional information as well as a fun tracker for all the above. The site contains a Facebook-like community where you can set up your own blog and be encouraged by others who are doing the same as you--changing at your own pace, in your own way. Training programs can be individualized. App available. There is no cost to use this site. 
  • Darebee (easy to difficult) is one my favorite sites, easy to navigate. They are growing with fun and easy to follow programs, challenges, instructional videos and nutrition helps. Their workouts don't take much equipment or explanation. Just do it. Use the filter on the side to find what works for you. Yes, there's even an app! There is no cost to use this site, no membership required.
  • (easy to difficult) is loaded with many programs that extend far beyond bodybuilding. Don't be intimidated. You don't have to have bulging muscles! Just get in there, find a free tailor-made program for you, enjoy the support of an online community and have fun! Gym equipment is required. 
  • Freeletics (difficult) is a subscription site, but the few workouts they post for no cost will absolutely eat your lunch, so come packing. A subscription will purchase a structured program for you and some coaching, but a little online research will help you find what you need to put together a few weeks of sturdy strength and cardio training. The only equipment required is a pull-up bar.
  • CrossFit (easy to difficult). The heartbeat of all I do. I taught myself pretty much all I need to know with a little research, but it's best if you can join a local box. 
  • "The Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) is preparing professional combat athletes who are ready to execute missions in the largely unstructured battlefields of today and the future." (Difficult) Grab a 45# rucksack or sandbag and enjoy 10 weeks of training that will strengthen both mind and body. Before long you'll find yourself a dozen miles down the road whistling a tune.  Download the app or find the entire manual (with instructions) here
  • SEALFit (mid-range to difficult) is a membership site, but there are many free resources available through books (check your local library) and online videos. It's worth the dollars to train body, mind, emotions--the whole person. At this posting, I'm starting my third evolution of the program. 
  • SEALGrinderPT is a site run by one of the SEALFit coaches and does require a level of pre-training. I started this site without SEALFit, but one is best prepared with levels of CrossFit. 
Play Hard!

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