Article written by Ashley Smith
You know that getting in shape is good for you; however, the idea of going to the gym, sweating, and achy muscles may be making you put off working out.
Who says you have to go to a boring gym in order to get into shape? There are so many ways that you can get fit that are fun! Here’s a look at some fitness ideas that don’t involve a treadmill or any other disenchanting exercise equipment that are actually so enjoyable, you’ll forget you’re working out.
You don’t have to have to “have the moves like Jagger” in order to reap all the benefits that dancing offers – and have fun, too.
Dancing for just 30 minutes burns as much as 250 calories, which is equivalent to the same amount of calories you would burn while jogging – and it’s so much more fun! Whether it’s hip hop, Latin, break dancing, ballroom, or you just make up your own moves, you’ll have a great time getting into shape when you dance. So go ahead, turn up the music and feel the groove!
Surf the Waves
Surfing isn’t only fun and refreshing; it’s also an excellent way to get in shape. While you’re paddling out to the waves, you’ll get in an excellent cardiovascular workout, and strengthen your upper body, core and legs. You’ll also workout your core and legs while you’re balancing on the board and riding those waves. Plus, while you’re out in the sun, you’ll soak up plenty of vitamin D, a vital nutrient for strengthening the bones. So, go ahead and grab a board if you want to reap some totally tubular physical gains.
Train with Your Pet
Spending quality time with your furry friend offers so many benefits, including a good workout. Take your dog to a training class or bring him in your backyard or to a dog park to work on some basic training.
Not only will your dog become more obedient, but all of the running, jumping and walking you’ll do together will get you both in shape.
Head to the Playground
If you have kids, instead of sitting on a bench when you take them to the playground, take advantage of the equipment yourself. Climbing up ladders, crossing monkey bars, balancing on a balance beam and even swinging will work out various muscle groups and increase your heart rate. You’ll get in a great workout, and you and your kids will get to have tons of fun enjoying some quality play time together.
Go for a Bike Ride
Remember how much fun you used to have riding your bike when you were a kid? And remember how in shape you were? (Even though you probably didn’t realize it back then.)
Bike riding is a great way workout. It works the muscles in your legs and your core, and it also helps to increase your heart rate, which boosts your cardiovascular health and does wonders for weight control. So, dust off the wheels and grease up the chain of your old bike and take it for a ride.
You don’t have to hit a boring, sweaty gym to get into shape. There are plenty of fun ways to work out; anything that involves moving your body and you find enjoyable will help improve your overall health and well-being.
Don’t waste any time getting in on the fun! Jump in on our Maui Surf and Yoga Retreat, October 1-7!