Fun Fitness Ideas to Boost Your Workouts
Know you need exercise but tired of your usual routine? The summer is a perfect time to change things up with a new type of workout. Trying new activities can help you get excited to fit in fitness every week, and may even help you build healthy new habits.
When it comes to being active, there are many options you can try:
- Kayaking. This low-impact sport can improve your strength and flexibility. Kayaking is a good activity to do by yourself or in a group, and it’s easy to be socially distant. If you don’t have your own kayak, you may be able to rent one from a local activity company or sporting goods store. Make sure you wear a life jacket and plenty of sunscreen.
- Rollerblading. Rollerblading works your core and other muscles while helping your balance and coordination. Be sure you wear a helmet and stay off main roads and hilly areas while you learn.
- Gardening. You may not realize it, but working in your garden can be a fun, relaxing way to get active. Pulling weeds, trimming, raking and planting can help you burn calories, tone your body and increase your strength.
- Going on a scavenger hunt. Create a scavenger hunt for your friends, family or coworkers! Include different exercises they can do as they find each item, such as lunges, squats, jumping jacks, sit-ups or push-ups. Then, ask them to make up a scavenger hunt for you. Fun, creative activities can help you stay motivated and active, and may give you a sense of accomplishment.
- Cleaning up litter. Do something for yourself and the environment! Grab a friend and head to a local park, beach or less-occupied road and clean up any litter you see. You will get in some exercise by walking, lifting and bending, but you’ll also be helping keep the area clean.
- Playing tag. While you might not have played tag since you were in elementary school, it’s a great way to get in a workout. Short sprints have been shown to burn more calories in a short amount of time compared to jogging or other endurance activities. This can kickstart your metabolism, build muscle and help with weight loss.
- Going on a hike. Hiking provides a change of scenery and gives you a chance to connect with nature. You can choose different locations and trails based on the level of difficulty you’re looking for. Make it fun by hiking with a buddy and taking pictures of the landscapes and any friendly critters you encounter.
Other activities you can try include walking, flying a kite, geocaching, frisbee golf, dancing, yoga, biking or kickboxing.
Research shows that adding variety to your workouts can help you improve your fitness through conditioning, strength training, muscle strengthening, balance, flexibility and building stamina.
Tips for success
When starting a new workout, here are some important things to remember:
- Always check with your doctor to ensure the activity is right for you.
- Don’t overdo it. Modify workouts and activities based on your skill level, or do what feels comfortable to you. Overworking yourself can actually hinder your progress and may do more harm than good. Don’t push yourself too hard, too fast.
- Use the right equipment. You might be surprised how much difference comfortable sneakers and breathable clothing make to your workout. Choose items that fit well, and are made of lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric.
- Start with an exercise you like least. This may actually help boost your workout. By getting your least favorite activity out of the way first, it can motivate you to push through and get to the part of your workout you like most.
- Listen to an awesome playlist. If the activity allows, create a playlist that will keep you going. Music can help keep you motivated, push you to meet your goals and help you get through your workout.
Have fun and stay healthy!
Get started by gradually adding some new activities to your workout routine. Workout variety is fun and can help you condition your body. You might even find something that becomes your new favorite hobby.
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This article is for informational purposes only, and is not meant as medical advice.