Urban Fitness Tips

By Chris Joseph

If you are a golfer who resides in an urban area, it can be difficult to maintain optimum fitness. You might not be able to get to the course as often if you're farther away than suburban dwellers, and you may not be able to afford a pricey gym membership. However, there are still plenty of ways that you can stay in shape, often without having to spend additional money.

Walking

If you live in a city, chances are you have access to a wide variety of public transportation options. While it can be convenient to jump into a waiting taxi or stroll a short distance to the subway station, try walking to your destination when feasible. Not only will this improve your fitness level, you may see parts of the city that you never noticed before.

Home Exercise

You may live in a city that has a high cost of living which can make gym membership unaffordable. An alternative is to work out at home. You can perform strength exercises with just a few dumbbells and an exercise mat that can also be used for stretching exercises. For a cardiovascular workout, jog up and down stairs or simply run in place for 20 to 30 minutes.

City Parks

Many cities have large parks filled with biking and jogging paths that serve as an oasis in the middle of the asphalt and traffic, some even including paths with workout stations. You can also get a satisfactory workout on standard playground equipment such as monkey bars and jungle gyms. Take a blanket along to perform stretching exercises on the grass.

Dining

Cities often have the widest selection of restaurants, especially when it comes to options for healthier food. By taking advantage of these and avoiding some of the convenient street vendor fare like hot dogs and pizza, you will avoid the extra calories that lead to unwanted pounds. You should also become familiar with the locations of the best fresh produce markets and stands in town.

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