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Fun and Fearless Gym Alternatives

We hear ya, sister!

Many people find their normal workout routine to be a bore—something they really don’t have any desire to do, or just don’t have time for. Fear not: working out doesn’t strictly have to be inside of the gym.Working out can be enjoyable and can lead to major results both physically and emotionally.


One workout I have found especially enjoyable is aerobics. I recently took a class for fun, to help me stay active during the summer (without my free college gym membership handy, of course). In aerobics, we do a quick warm-up and then begin several exciting dance routines that the instructor had choreographed. The dances are to contemporary party music that gets the whole class excited to work out. We do a few dances with free weights, afterwards, we do some crunches and leg exercises. After working out, we have a relaxing cool down that helps alleviate all the stress in one’s body. I tried the class out and it was more fun than work!  Not only did I pick up a new and exciting hobby, but I work out without the hassle of running on the treadmill and counting how many calories I burn off. Working out does not have to be tiresome or droll. And it doesn’t sound like a bad deal to spend time with friends, dance to fun music, AND burn off calories in the process.

Spend Time Outdoors  

Many people don’t spend nearly enough time outside as they should. Simple things, such as biking, jogging in the park and in-line skating can engage one in outdoor activities AND keep one active! All of these activities are great cardiovascular activities, plus they burn off hundreds of calories in one hour. Biking at around 12 m.p.h can burn off almost 300 calories in half an hour, while in-line skating for a mere 15 minutes can burn off around 150 calories. Try jogging on the beach or the park for half an hour, and you can burn off 250 calories.

Keep it New

Switch things up every week in order to happily live an active life. As experts say, your body adjusts to your current workout routine, so you should regularly vary your work out to help see results. One week, work out with weights; the next week, go swimming and actively utilize your arms. Challenge yourself to new and exciting work outs every week. Aquatic activities, for example, are great for building up endurance. Swimming actively utilizes one’s arms and legs, and you won’t even break a sweat doing it!

Play Ball!

Playing sports outside can also keep one moving and also be entertaining. Baseball, basketball, soccer, whatever, can be both fun AND actively engaging. An added bonus—include your friends in an outdoor game of soccer or something you both can enjoy together to make it seem even less of a workout. If a 150-pound person plays recreational soccer for about half an hour, she can burn up to 250 calories! Most sports involve a lot of running around, which is always beneficial to burn off calories and get in shape.

Jump Around

If the heat outside is too much to handle, try some indoor activities that can be fun, too.  Try jumping rope or hula hooping. Jumping rope can burn around ten calories per minute and around 300 calories in half an hour!  Jumping rope even a few minutes a day will be sure to get your heart rate up and be a fun activity. Hula-hooping for half an hour can burn 200 calories! Although it’s hard to hula hoop that long, you can try hula hooping throughout the day for several minutes at a time. Turn on your favorite song, and before you know it, you won’t realize how many calories you’ve burned off!

Easy Changes

If you ever stop and think you have no time to work out due to a hectic schedule, think again. Include some activity by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, riding your bike to a near-by destination instead of driving, or walking outside during a lunch break. A 150-pound person can burn about nine calories walking up and down stairs, so if you do it enough, you will see results! Anything is possible to help you effectively become fit!

Cash-convenient Exercises

If you’re low on cash, consider taking some household items and including them in a fun and personalized workout. Try using books or cans to work your arms and shoulders if you don’t have any free weights handy. Use the stairs in your house to run up and down for thirty minutes instead of jogging.  Use a fitness ball to perform crunches and other abdominal work. Doctors recommend doing moderately intense exercise 3-4 times a week for 30-45 minutes each time. Aim for 45 minutes of weight training 3-4 times a week also, to help you keep healthy and feel your best. Don’t ever overwork yourself or try working out every day for several hours. Remember to rest your body at least once a week and work different parts of your body every day to feel your best! Mix it up a little and you will be happy, healthy, and active in no time!

Eating Right

Don’t forget that to successfully live a healthy lifestyle, you must also eat a balanced and nutritious diet. It is okay to splurge and eat your favorite snacks every so often, so don’t deprive yourself of that ice cream on a Friday night after a long week at work. You should never eat less than 1,200 calories a day because your body won’t be intaking enough nutrients. Your metabolism will slow down, so you most likely won’t be able to keep the weight off! Balancing a good diet and exercising 3-4 days a week can lead to a happy, healthy, more fit you in no time!


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This entry was posted on June 21, 2011 by in Healthy Belle, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , .
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