These days, we’re all well aware of how important exercise is, but that doesn’t mean we’re all doing it. We know how crucial it is to move our body and we know that daily exercise is one of the best things we can do for our overall health and wellbeing, but there’s one thing standing in our way – it can be SO boring if you don’t find the right way to move your body! Luckily, there are plenty of fun ways to exercise.
The trick to changing your outlook on exercise is to start choosing workouts that you actually enjoy. We’re all built differently and we all have different bodies, so intense gym circuits or hours spent on the stationary bike just aren’t for everyone. Once you find a workout that works for you, exercise will no longer feel like a chore. You may not believe us now, but you’ll actually start looking forward to it!
A regular workout routine is great for your body, but doing something you genuinely enjoy is great for your mind as well. Not sure where to start? Here are five seriously fun ways to exercise (without slogging away on a treadmill!)
Even if you believe you have two left feet, dancing is a serious workout. Ballet and technique classes are wonderful for increasing flexibility, posture and really toning the body, while higher-intensity styles such as jazz, hip hop or Latin will really get the heart rate up. You could even grab that special someone and turn a salsa dancing class into your weekly date night!
One of the best things about dancing is that it exercises your entire body. Your arms, abdominals and legs will be worked out at once – not to mention the cardiovascular benefits!
Not the dancing type? Jump online and research hiking trails in your area. As good a workout as any HIIT circuit, hiking allows you to increase your heart rate while enjoying beautiful scenery and delivers the added benefit of fresh air.
We’re so lucky to be surrounded by such beautiful scenery in Australia, so play tourist in your own area and combine a day of sightseeing with a really solid workout. Want to make things even more fun? Pack some healthy snacks (like our delicious Chibbs), get your friends together and make a day of it!
3. Disco spin
Spin classes are an incredible high-intensity workout, but cycling on the spot can become a bit monotonous – particularly if you’re doing so in a somewhat sterile, uninspiring gym space.
Disco spin classes are offered all over the country and they combine a serious cardio workout with a fun, high-energy nightclub environment. The instructors will keep you motivated and you certainly won’t get bored. You’ll have so much fun you won’t even realise you’re burning calories!
4. Anti-gravity yoga
Anti-gravity yoga (also called silks class, aerial yoga or circus school) is an unbelievable, head to toe workout, putting a fun spin on regular yoga and conditioning classes. Aerial yoga takes the same principles as yoga and combines it with the core strength that gymnasts and circus performers require to perform aerial stunts.
Swinging upside down from a silk hammock isn’t just fun- it’s also great for circulation and flexibility as well as giving you the opportunity to extend the body in ways you physically can’t on the ground.
5. Rebounding classes
Remember how fun it was to jump on a trampoline as a kid? What if we told you there’s a grown-up version that can actually help you burn calories and tone up?! Rebounding classes have started popping up down under after taking the UK by storm. We’re not talking doing flips and tricks on giant trampolines though- rebounding involves cardio workouts using a mini trampoline delivers the fitness benefits of running without the impact, meaning you can work out your entire body without putting too much stress on your joints.
There you go – 5 fun ways to exercise that don’t require hours on the treadmill and don’t cost an arm and a leg!