If the gym’s making you feel claustrophobic or has lost some of its appeal lately, it might be time to shake up your routine. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite non-gym related activities that will keep you fit but without the boredom. Best of all, there are no contracts involved so you can do them for as long or as little as you like!
Enjoy walking but worried it isn’t challenging enough? See if you can find any nearby hiking trails that’ll offer you a tougher workout as well as some much-needed time in nature.
If you love the water but find surfing too challenging or don’t live near the beach, SUP is a brilliant alternative since it can be done on almost any body of water (and doesn’t require the same level of fitness as surfing). If you think you might struggle with the coordination, consider getting a lessons when you first try it out - and wait ’til you’ve given it a few tries before deciding if you like it or not!
Time flies when you’re having fun (and feeling competitive). From tennis to basketball, touch footy to soccer, if you look hard enough, you’ll probably find a local club. And hey, if you’re into multi-tasking, find a friend or two and look for a local team to join so you can combine social time with exercise!
Sometimes it’s nice to add something more restorative to your fitness routine, especially if you lead a high-stress lifestyle. Not sure where to start? Trial a selection of yoga, pilates and Tai Chi classes to see which best suits your tastes as they all have different focuses (core strength, flexibility, stamina and meditation) and range in level of intensity.
You probably did it when you were a kid, but did you ever wonder why you stopped? Both of these activities are so much fun while pushing your fitness (and coordination!) to the max. Skates are expensive, so we definitely recommend renting for awhile to make sure they’re a worthy investment. It’s also a good idea to book some lessons when you first start so you don’t get frustrated and give up right away!
One of the most amazing exercises available thanks to providing equal parts cardio and resistance while also building lung capacity… and yet we seem to forget about it after primary school! Find yourself a local pool or hit the beach - it’s easy as that. And if you find swimming a bit too repetitive, why not try some aqua Zumba instead? (Yes, that’s a thing!)
That’s right - the good ol’ bicycle! If you’ve still got a bike in the garage gathering dust, why don’t you Google bike tracks in your local area and take it out for a spin? It can be more exhilarating than a walk, but gets you out in nature while burning some calories. And hey - have you ever seen a cyclist without toned legs? ;)
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