If your workout is starting to feel like too much hard work and the thought of going to the gym is enough to have you reaching for the chocolate, don’t despair. You can keep fit and burn those excess calories without ever stepping foot inside a gym. Here are some ideas that could help you get fit while you have fun:
Think back to when you were a kid, what did you enjoy doing? Chances are you were very active without even trying, Skipping, tag, hide and seek; they all helped you to burn calories and keep your weight under control. As an adult, unless you have kids, you might not be as keen to indulge in a game of hide and seek, but it doesn’t mean you can’t play. For example, there is a trampoline park near me, where people of all ages can have fun bouncing around, playing dodgeball and generally burning a bunch of calories in the most fun way. Look for something you enjoy, and it’ll never feel like exercise again.
If you really aren’t the sporty type and the thought of running, jumping or playing in a team full you with dread, why not get fit with dance. Dancing to your favorite music rarely feels like exercise, but if you really go for it, you will be burning a similar amount of calories as you would running on a boring treadmill in the gym.
Once the preserve of younger children and hippie types, hula hooping has had a massive boost in popularity in recent years, and it is particularly good for exercising the core and shaving inches off your waist. It’s also a lot more fun than 40 minutes at the gym.
If you are lucky enough to live near areas of wilderness, you should take the opportunity to explore nature and get fit. Exercising outdoors tends to be more satisfying than slogging it out in the gym because you get to breathe in fresh air rather than eau de sweaty sock, and you will get to see nature in all its glory. A good hike will burn a couple of hundred calories or more per hour, depending on the terrain, so it’s great for weight loss too.
Okay, here me out. The very thought of a boot camp may make many of your shiver with dread, and a significant number of people reading will think that a boot camp would be less fun that the gym, but if you’re the type that likes to be pushed to your limits and you want to see just how amazing your body can be, a professional boot camp, although challenging, can be immensely fulfilling and it is probably the best activity on the list for losing a lot of weight quickly.
Whatever you decide to do, the most important thing is that you actually find a way of being active that you enjoy and can stick to regularly; this is how you will stay in shape in the long term.