- Between the traffic, the heat, and the constant hustle and bustle, finding the time and energy to exercise can be a real struggle.
- Of course, these tips aren't a substitute for regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle, but they're a great way to get started.
Do you ever feel like staying active and fit is impossible in Lagos? Trust me, I get it. Between the traffic, the heat, and the constant hustle and bustle, finding the time and energy to exercise can be a real struggle. But fear not, my fellow Lagosians! I’ve got some fitness hacks that are so easy, you won’t even realize you’re working out.
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Ditch the car and walk
I know what you’re thinking: walk in Lagos traffic? Are you crazy? But hear me out. Walking is one of the easiest ways to stay active, and it’s completely free. Plus, if you live and work in the same area, walking can actually be faster than sitting in traffic. So why not give it a try? Instead of driving or taking a bus, lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement. You’ll get some fresh air, some exercise, and maybe even discover some hidden gems in your neighbourhood.
Take the stairs
Elevators are a luxury in Lagos, but that doesn’t mean you have to take them. Whenever you have the option, take the stairs instead. Climbing stairs is a great way to get your heart rate up, and it works your glutes, quads, and calves all at once. So the next time you’re at the mall, the office, or anywhere with stairs, skip the elevator and take the scenic route.
Make TV time workout time
We all love to unwind with our favorite TV shows, but that doesn’t mean we have to be sedentary while we watch. Instead of lounging on the couch, why not turn your TV time into workout time? There are plenty of workouts you can do in front of the TV, from yoga to strength training to cardio. And if you’re feeling extra motivated, try doing a set of exercises during the commercial breaks. Trust me, your body (and your Netflix queue) will thank you.
Find a workout buddy
Working out is always more fun with a friend, and it can be a great way to stay accountable. If you’re struggling to stay motivated, try finding a workout buddy who can help you stay on track. Whether it’s a friend, a family member, or a coworker, having someone to exercise with can make all the difference. Plus, you can bond over your shared love of fitness and maybe even discover some new workout routines together.
Embrace the outdoors
Lagos may be a concrete jungle, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some beautiful outdoor spaces to explore. From parks to beaches to hiking trails, there are plenty of opportunities to get outside and get active. So why not embrace the outdoors and try something new? Whether it’s a weekend hike in Lekki Conservation Centre or a morning yoga session on the beach, there’s something for everyone.
So there you have it, folks. Five easy ways to stay active and fit in Lagos, no gym required. Of course, these tips aren’t a substitute for regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle, but they’re a great way to get started. And who knows? Maybe you’ll discover a new love of walking or a newfound appreciation for stairs. So go forth and get moving, Lagosians. Your body (and your waistline) will thank you.
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