We all know that we should be incorporate exercise into our lifestyle for our own well-being and mental health.
But let’s face it, regular exercise can be tough. It doesn’t help either that it’s often repetitive.
However, if you think a little outside the box you can find an activity that not only ticks off your exercise requirements but is a lot of fun at the same time.
1. Take up Dancing
An obvious physical activity that it is often overlooked, dancing is a fantastic exercise that works out multiple body parts and works up a sweat.
Dance has a large range of benefits, such as losing weight, staying flexible, boosting memory and reducing stress – perfect for your mental well-being.
The best thing about dancing is the wide variety of styles that you can try out. From swing and jazz dance to Latin tango, hip hop and ballroom, there is something for everybody.
Dance classes also reinforce commitment to ongoing learning, ensuring that you stick with your exercise as you continue to improve. It also is a great way to make new friends and get a sense of community.
Of course, if you really want to maximize your workout, there are several aerobic fitness styles that incorporate music, such as Zumba.
2. Buy a Trampoline
No, we are serious; you can get a serious workout by simply bouncing up and around on a trampoline.
Used as an exercise tool, The American Council on Exercise reports that a 20-minute workout on a trampoline burns as many calories as running 10km/h for the same period.
I know which of the two options I’d choose as a workout routine!
Trampolining also is better for your joints, as bouncing results in less impact on your feet, keens and hip, making it a good choice for those with joint problems.
Are you a parent? Even better! Why not check trampolines for sale in your area and use it (in the rare moments) that they aren’t for exercise! Birthday present solved along with your entertaining exercise.
3. Indoor Rock Climbing
Improvement your mental toughness, while getting a full body workout with indoor rock climbing. Not only does it provide an adrenaline rush but is amazing for personal motivation as you continue to set new climbing records.
As each climb requires unique movement and positioning, you will find yourself more stimulated and more likely to keep coming back unlike the gym.
It’s very good at not only building muscle, but also endurance and flexibility all at once. And once you have conquered the indoor setting, it provides the opportunity to go outdoors and try your skills on real rock surfaces.
4. Take up Hiking
While going for a walk or stroll is fine, why not ramp up the adventure and look for hiking opportunities in your area. Not only do you get to embrace nature, but it’s perfect time to whip out your camera and have a go at some amateur photography.
There are a range of hiking trails for most skill levels and is a great activity to do with partners or a group of friends. For those based in the US, check out AllTrails for a list of hiking areas across most states.
5. Check for Apps
If all else fails, you can always check out a a range of apps for your smart phone that can spice up exercise. Both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store have a range of downloadable apps that make the daily routine of exercise more fun.
Try searching for “fun exercise apps” you will get a range of different options from Dance Workouts to Running from Zombies and much more.
Even apps that track your progress can do a lot in improving overall motivation. Visualizing your ongoing progress means you are more likely to continue a regular exercise routine.