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Everyone wants to be in great shape.
It makes us look better, feel better, stronger, and gives us amounts of energy that you just don’t have when we don’t eat our best or take time to work our muscles. But not everyone loves working out. Id actually say that no one, at least some of the time, really LOVES working out. Or the idea of working out. You have to get into a rhythm with exercise to keep it fun, because if we slack, that is when we (myself included) start to make excuses. It starts as one break day, and then another off day, and then not having enough time and making other plans, and then one day you look at the calendar and it’s been a month.
What if I just don’t like weight lifting and running?
Yes, those things are not for everyone, and they can get repetitive if that is all you do for exercise. Its better anyways to give your body different types of exercise to work different muscles. Muscle confusion is actually a great way to build muscle and keep the fat burning process going when you get into a rut. So today I have a list of 5 different activities that you can incorporate into your lifestyle to keep you in shape AND have fun, while still technically working out.
Swimming is a total body exercise that can not only build a ton of muscle, but improve muscle tone and increase lung capacity. And by swimming, I do not of course mean wading around in a pool and hoping that the water will magically increase your muscle tone. I mean laps. Lots and lots of laps. Swimming is a great team sport, it’s a fun activity to do with friends, or joining a team and making new friends. If you have asthma this may come as a shock, but it is actually good for that.
This is probably one of the most effective total body sculpting exercises I know. Rock climbing will increase both upper and lower body strength as well as endurance. Everybody starts out on the easy walls, but when you work up to it, anyone can train hard enough to do the inverted walls.
This is a favorite activity of mine, and I can personally say that it will give you awesome definition in your musculature if you keep at it.
Just putting it out here, I do not recommend bouldering (climbing without gear) in an unsupervised area unless you are experienced and willing to take that risk. My parents where on this climbing trip and I have had training. Always be safe when deciding to climb outside!
Yoga is amazing for keeping fit and lean, and has a pace for everyone.
The stereotype initial thought when hearing “you should start doing yoga” is sometimes the thought that Yoga is purely a spiritual or religious practice, or that you have to be super flexible to start
doing Yoga as an exercise. You start where you are, with what you’ve got. No one who starts out with yoga starts out as an expert, but with practice anyone can learn. Yoga is an awesome way to stretch, learn core balance and gain core strength, and build lean muscle. Vinyasa yoga is a more fast pace type of yoga (my personal favorite!) and is actually a very good workout for those of you who need something fast paced.
Hiking. If you hate bugs and dirt, this may not
be the exercise for you. But if you love being outside and breathing fresh air (which does everybody good) then I highly suggest it. It might seem like you’re just walking around if you aren’t fond of inclines, but walking is actually really good for you.
Our bodies are literally made for walking, and daily long walks will help your body burn more fat.
- Martial Arts
Now this particular activity is something I have done my entire life. I was ten-years old when I was enrolled in my first Tae Kwon Do class, and I have stuck with martial arts ever since.
From Tae Kwon Do, then Kickboxing and now Karate, I can say that martial arts will give you a sense of peace and discipline that nothing else can. As well as an overall sense of self-worth and confidence, it improves balance, flexibility, strength and endurance.
Be safe with any and every activity that you decide to do, always seek training from experienced experts and make sure you use good form and are aware of your surrounding.
Have fun, and I hope that this post was enlightening and helpful to you!
Have a favorite activity? Post it in the comments!