Get in Shape Your Way

The World is Your Gym!

If you are the type of person that would rather be out living your life than spending hours in a traditional gym but you want to stay in shape, it is time to explore alternative ways to stay fit. Instead of making working out a chore, find fun and creative ways to stay active.

Nine Fun Ways to Stay Active

#1. Play

Something about growing up tends to make people think that playing is off-limits unless a child is around. Doing an activity that is physical and fun is a great way to get in shape and stay motivated. It is easier to build a habit around something you enjoy doing. The activity itself is a reward. Trying new forms of play is a wonderful way to keep your body guessing. So head to the playground or grab a skateboard and have some fun. Your body will thank you for it.

#2. Hula Hooping

It is hard to watch anyone hula hoop without wanting to give it a go yourself. It has actually re-emerged as a great way to tone your waist, hips, thighs, and buttocks. It also strengthens your abdominal muscles and your lower back. It can be done indoors or out, with a group or solo, and they even have classes you can take.

#3. Indoor Rock Climbing

If you really want to get toned while having a great time, rock climbing might be your sport. It usually appeals to the adventurous at heart, but with indoor gyms popping up all over the place, everyone is testing their skills on the wall. It is a great anaerobic exercise that builds both strength and balance. You are likely to work muscles you didn’t even know you had.

#4. Fencing

This is a wonderful fast-paced aerobic workout that is great for individuals that love a little competition. Fencing is a strategic sport akin to chess. Classes can help you learn to anticipate your opponent’s move and react accordingly. It is both a mental and physical activity. It can improve your speed, coordination, and flexibility.

#5. Team Sports

If you loved playing team sports in high school, maybe it is time to refresh your skills. It might be easier than you think to find a local adult league or you can organize your friends and family for a little fun competition. With all the fun you will be having, you will easily forget you are exercising as well. Some sports you might try include soccer, basketball, softball, flag football, kickball.

#6. Skating

Roller skating is a fun alternative to running. It is easier on the joints and a good aerobic workout that builds leg strength and tones your lower body. If ice is more your style, find a local rink to get your skate on.

#7. Hiking

The outdoors can offer a peaceful retreat from a busy life. Strap on your hiking boots and that peaceful nature walk will quickly have you burning calories before you even realize it. Hiking builds all kinds of leg and ankle muscles. The uneven terrain encourages balance and the fresh air is good for the heart and soul.

#8. Biking

This is especially convenient for individuals living in the city or a neighborhood. All you have to do is step out of your door. Biking is a lot of fun and a good aerobic workout. Pedal your way to better health. Depending on how far you live from work and how adventurous you feel, you might consider commuting to work via your bike. In some busier cities, it may be faster than other modes of transportation. Your work day will be much better too as you will have those nice endorphins running through your system.

#9. Rest and Recover

Rest and recovery is a vital component of any successful training program. Regardless of whether you are sticking with the gym or trying some alternative means of exercising, it is important to give your muscles time to recover. Take a day off every now and then, even if you are having the time of your life. Don’t be afraid to surrender to massage tables and let a massage therapist work out all those knots.

The Bottom Line

Fitness doesn’t have to be all running shoes and gym memberships. Picking up some more physical hobbies is a fun way to stay in shape. It can even enhance your social life. Just remember to take some days off from all the playing you are doing to rest up your muscles.

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