Fun Ways To Get An Extra Workout
Fun Ways To Get An Extra Workout
Have you ever thought that your favourite hobbies might be a great complement to your fitness routine? It sounds like a dream come true, right? That you can make your weekend healthier by doing a few of your favourite activities, or trying something new. After all, who doesn’t want to get a bit more exercise without even realising it?
Adding an element of fun to your workout can be just the lift you need when you’ve been stuck in a rut, or feeling low on motivation. While we don’t recommend abandoning your fitness routine completely, these can be a great way to squeeze some more activity into your week.
If you’ve ever been rock climbing, you probably already know it can be hard work! Whether you choose an indoor rock climb or get outdoors, you’ll be getting a decent workout for your arms and back. Even better, most climbs are graded for different ability levels, which means you’ll be able to challenge yourself and take harder climbs once you get the hang of it!
Skipping isn’t just for kids or boxers! Skipping is a fantastic workout that can help you to increase your cardiovascular health and muscle endurance. Because you’re moving your whole body, you’ll find it can also be great for all-over muscle toning. Grab your skipping rope and get a full-body workout while you have fun!
While it might not be for the faint-hearted, trapeze classes can certainly push you out of your comfort zone. There are a few different types of trapeze classes, such as:
- A flying trapeze — where you learn how to hang from the trapeze bar by your hands, then your knees, working up to a catch.
- A static trapeze — where you learn to hang from a stationary (not moving) trapeze.
Both trapeze types can help to increase your flexibility and balance, as well as being a great upper-body workout!
Taking a class in martial arts can be rewarding for your overall fitness, as well as improving your self-confidence. There are so many different types of martial arts, such as Muay Thai, boxing and kickboxing, Krav Maga and Mixed Martial Arts, to name a few. Each style offers something slightly different, but they all offer benefits for improving strength, cardiovascular fitness and coordination.
The action of pushing your board along can be a great cardio workout, particularly if you do it over distance or difficult terrain. Add in the explosive movements and the balance required to stay upright, and an afternoon of skateboarding can help work a bunch of different muscle groups. These include your hamstrings, glutes and lower back, plus the effort to engage your core for balance.
Burlesque, or almost any type of dancing, can be a fun way to squeeze in your cardio workout. It also offers a chance to work on your core strength, and can really test your coordination as well. Burlesque has also been associated with body positivity and self-confidence, so it might be fun to grab your girlfriends and head to a class!
Like skateboarding, surfing requires core strength to help you keep your balance as the water moves beneath you. It can be quite physically demanding, from the paddle out through the waves to the stamina to move across the water. These constant muscle interactions can make for a tough workout, but they can also be great fun!
These are just a few great activities that can help to reduce stress and have fun! It’s a fantastic reminder that a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be all structure and rules — it should be something that works for YOU and that you enjoy.
What are some of your favourite ways to get active? Let us know in the comments!
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.