We all know how important it is to exercise and stay in shape, yet most of us find reasons or rationalizations to avoid exercise. One of the most common excuses people find for not staying in shape is that exercising is simply no fun. Even if this were a good excuse, which it’s not, it’s not necessarily true. If exercising isn’t fun for you, then you’re probably doing something wrong. Here are a few great ways to stay in shape that are also fun and enjoyable.
One of the top trends in fitness nowadays that may be worth checking out is Zumba, which is a high-intensity aerobic workout. Zumba combines choreography and body movements from a number of upbeat dance styles as a method for burning fat and calories. Abs, arms, glutes, and thighs can all be toned while taking part in a Zumba session, which can be done at home or at the gym. If you enjoy dancing, Zumba may be the perfect fit for you, as you won’t even feel as if you’re working out.
If you’re weary of the new trends and want to go for something that’s a little more old school, then bust out your hula-hoop out of your closet. What used to a children’s toy is now a tool that can be used for toning your abs and lower back, not to mention sliming your waist, hips, and thighs. You’ll need to get the right kind of hoop and you’ll have to learn the proper technique to maximize your fat burning, but once you get the hang of it again, hula-hooping can be a great form of cardio and a fun way to stay in shape.
One of our favorite ways to exercise is to spend time outdoors. This can include things like hiking, biking, walking or running. We prefer hiking and hunting, as the scenery is always different and you dont really need much specialized gear for either hunting or hiking. Some people think that you do, but it’s really as simple as heading to the trailhead with your boots and enough clothing and water, said Wes from HunterInsight.com
If you’re a little more adventurous, you may want to try pole dancing as a way of working out. Classes on pole dancing are becoming increasingly common in gyms, as they can be used as a form of cardio workout. It helps to build strength in your arms and the rest of your upper body, while at the same time the dancing associated with it helps to tone your lower body. If you’re shy about it, once you get the hang of it, it’s not hard to install a pole in your home and use it as a workout tool in the comfort of your home.
For something a little more conventional, try skating as a way to workout. This can be ice-skating, rollerblading, or even the old school four-pronged roller skates if you’re so inclined. Skating may not be quite as boring as running, and it’s a lot easier on your joints, which is a plus. No matter which type of skating you prefer, it’s a great aerobic workout that can burn calories and really strengthen your legs.
Finally, one activity that shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to staying in shape is rock climbing. If you’re not quite that adventurous, indoor rock climbing can be done at most gyms. You can build a great amount of strength and balance, especially in your core, while also burning a ridiculous amount of calories. Just about every part of your body will get a workout from rock climbing, and because it’ll be a challenge, there’s no chance of you getting bored with it, encouraging you to keep working at it, which will help you get in great shape.