Getting fit is a commitment, but sometimes you just don’t have enough time to get to the gym. Fortunately, participating at the gym isn’t the only way to get fit! If you are pressed for time, or bored with your current routine, it’s time to shake it up! Exciting new ways to exercise are all around you. Here are some fun and creative ways to keep you in shape.
Ditch the Elevator
As convenient as the elevator is, taking the stairs is a great way to add exercise to your day. Walking up a flight of stairs burns calories and improves cardiovascular fitness. Stair climbing is considered a vigorous form of exercise because it engages your abs, legs and arms. Effort is required as you are pulling your body against gravity. If you have a staircase at home, make a cardio workout by repeatedly climbing in 10-minute increments. While you are out in public, opt for taking the stairs to sneak in a quick bout of exercise.
Walk the Dog
Every dog should be walked once a day, and you can benefit from this too! Walking with your dog is a great low-intensity cardio exercise that requires no equipment. A daily routine of 30 minutes can decrease your risk for high blood pressure, high blood sugar and eliminate excess fat around your waist. As for your dog, walking is a great way to burn off energy, which maintains good behavior. Creating a habit of walking at the same time each day will quickly become an activity you both will enjoy. As you build your stamina through walking, you can try running with your furry friend!
Play with Your Children
The high energy that children have seems to never cease! There’s no better way to get your heart-pumping than to join them for some fun. A playground is a great place to workout! Pushing your kids on the swing is an awesome arm-strengthening exercise. You can also do a few reps of pull-ups on the monkey bars. If you want to work on your core, hang upside down from the monkey bars, and curl your body up toward your legs.
Don’t have a playground nearby? No worries! Hide-and-seek and hopscotch are fun ways to get fit as well! Along with the opportunity to exercise, playing with your kids will create lasting memories!
Maybe you’ve tried swimming before but found doing laps to be too monotonous. Well, don’t give up your time in the pool just yet. There are tons of fun ways to get fit in the water. From water basketball to pool yoga, exercising in the pool can be preferable to land workouts because it’s easier on the joints. So, see what options your local indoor pool offers and dive in when you have a chance.
Try Indoor Bouldering
Bouldering is similar to rock climbing, but it doesn’t require that you climb quite so high. Instead, “boulderers” work their brains and their bodies, as they solve problems to progress along their climbing route. If you’re up for trying something new and challenging, bouldering is a great choice.
Ride a Bike
Driving is convenient as it saves time, but there are no health benefits because you are idle. The next time you are on the way out, opt for your bike rather than the car keys (Don’t forget your helmet!). With biking, you will be able to take in scenery while giving your lower body a full workout. Your legs will become stronger, and your body fat levels will go down. Biking also improves your posture and coordination. As you ride your bike the risks of cancer, diabetes and other diseases decrease. As a beginner, start out with short routes, and as your endurance increases go for longer rides. Soon you will be a pro and biking will become your preferred method of transportation!
Getting fit goes beyond the walls of the gym and the latest fitness craze. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need much to lead an active lifestyle. Playing with your children, walking your dog, and biking are all effective methods of exercise that easily blend into your day. Incorporating creative ways to exercise presents an exciting feeling as you challenge yourself to come up with even more clever ways to stay fit.
Article Written by Paige Johnson
Paige is a fitness nerd and shares her insights on LearnFit.Org