How to Get Fit from Home in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Staying in shape is tough, but the hardest part is getting started. For many, the hardest part of going to the gym is exercising in front of other people. Many patrons are there almost every day, have next to no fat on their bodies, and are fit enough to lift a moose. Getting fit at the gym means dealing with a lot of pressure. The real kicker is, why go to the gym at all? There is nothing you can do at the gym that you can’t do somewhere more comfortable.

outdoor gym at Gaithersburg apartment

Kick it Outdoors

More and more parks and facilities are installing outdoor fitness centers: playgrounds for adults with exercise equipment instead of swing sets. They have all the benefits of a traditional workout with a few extra perks: nature, sunlight, and fresh air. After sweating away locked in a gym, you will notice the difference immediately. Look around for outdoor fitness centers in your area. Good places to look are city parks, gymnasium lawns, and apartment complexes.

If you’re out of luck and can’t find an outdoor fitness center, there are still options. Jogging is the most popular choice, but don’t forget about yoga, bicycling, and buddy sports like tennis. The outdoor air makes any sport more enjoyable.

Make Waves at the Pool

You don’t need a gym membership to hit the water. If you live in an apartment complex, chances are there’s a swimming pool a couple blocks from your front door. If not, check your local area.

Rio Park at the RIO Washingtonian Center is a great place to rent a paddle boat, but can be a little cold for swimming.

Upper County Outdoor Pool has everything a swimmer needs, from a 25-meter pool to a winding water slide. The nearest water park is only a 20-minute drive from Gaithersburg. Wheaton Glenmont Outdoor Pool is a great place to hop down a slide between laps. Besides the 50-meter main pool, there are open swimming areas to break away from regimented exercise and just swim.

Build Your Own Gym

Making your own personal gym might mean exercising with the space and furniture you already have, or it might mean buying some of your favorite exercise equipment. A good place to start is a set of weights and a jump rope – both cheap but useful addition to your growing at-home gym. Or, if you’re ready for a bigger commitment, consider an elliptical, treadmill, or exercise bike. Check out sites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace to get equipment for cheap.

Before you buy, check if your apartment complex already has an exercise center. Unlike gyms, these places are generally quiet and are only used by a few neighbors instead of the gym-rats who prefer a fully fleshed-out gym. It may be a fitting alternative to the busy gym environment.

Make the TV Your Coach

If you like having someone to motivate you but don’t want to take a class, the TV is the perfect at-home alternative. YouTube has a near-endless supply of exercise videos, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There is a whole world of exercise games to choose from.

The Kinect, available on the Xbox One, tracks the user’s movements in real time for a one-on-one dance coaching experience or a brawl with a computerized opponent. While the Xbox One provides the most streamlined experience, there are cheaper options all the way back to the original Wii. On the cutting edge, the HTC Vive creates a virtual world full of monsters to fight and dance coaches to impress inside a virtual world. The investment can be a bit much, though. Setup requires a gaming computer, $500, and an open living room. Video games are really bringing exercise into the 21st century.


When starting an exercise routine, there is no wrong answer. If there is something at home or at the gym that keeps you coming back, make that your ticket to good health. To help our residents achieve their goals, we offer several avenues for getting into shape and have them open to all residents. Take a look at what might help you find your rhythm.

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