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Everyone is aware of the importance of being in good shape and regular exercise, but going to the gym a few times a week and repeating the same workout can be incredibly tedious. People often stop exercising when they become bored, which is why it is important to look for fun and alternative ways to keep fit. Whether you are looking to lose some weight and get fit, maintain a current level of fitness or achieve another fitness goal, here are a few alternative options to hitting the gym.
If you do not like the idea of competitive sports like football, tennis or netball, you could consider an alternative sport as a way to keep in shape. Skateboarding, rollerblading, scooters and heelys are a few options – these can all improve cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone. It also massively can improve physical endurance (particularly skateboarding) and flexibility. It is important to have high-quality items and always wear safety gear. With skateboarding, roller blading etc. you can learn and go at your pace.
Exercise classes have had a surge in popularity in recent times and there are all different kinds to consider, so you should be able to find one that you enjoy and that helps you to achieve your fitness goals. A few examples include yoga, circuit training, pole dancing, street dancing and spin classes. In addition to being a superb way to get fit, these classes are also a great way to make new friends (this can encourage you to continue exercising).
Rock climbing is a fantastic exercise because it provides a cardiovascular workout and is great for increasing strength as it engages the majority of the major muscle groups. Rock climbing is a fun yet challenging activity, which also means that it is very rewarding. There are different difficulty levels, meaning that you can easily progress. Another benefit is that this can be a solo activity, but there are also tight-knit communities that you could join.
Walking is a great way to stay in shape as long walks every day is proven to have numerous health benefits. The daily recommended amount to walk each day is about 3 miles or a 30 minute long walk. This can be much more enjoyable when you are accompanied by a friendly dog, if you don’t have your own you could consider borrowing a friend’s or asking at an animal rescue centre if you do not have one yourself. This can also have a huge impact on your mood and will encourage you to continue walking each day.
The above activities are all fun and alternative ways to stay in shape. You can start any of these activities regardless of your current fitness level and should begin to see improvements provided that you are exercising on a regular basis and eating a balanced diet. They can also be a lot more fun (and cheaper) than regularly attending the gym, so this should make exercise easier and more enjoyable.