It’s hard to stay motivated when you’re stuck in a rut. When it comes to fitness, don’t be afraid to mix things up. It’s a great strategy to keep yourself motivated to stick to your fitness routine! The majority of those who work out are compelled to stick to their respective programs if there are fun aspects to said programs.
Apart from making things more fun, mixing up your fitness routine also shocks your body into burning more calories. When you introduce new routines, your body responds by working harder. This translates to better results and we all want that! Expand your fitness repertoire with these fun activities:
Love to dance? Then you have to try Zumba! This low-impact aerobic exercise incorporates choreographed footwork and body movements from salsa, merengue, flamenco and other dances to tone and strengthen the body. It also engages the core, glutes, and all major muscle groups! Even better, Zumba does not feel like a workout at all. The social aspect of it helps make Zumba a fun way to work out. Not a fan of group exercises? You can also buy a DVD and workout in the comfort of your own home.
Hula hoops aren’t just for kids. In fact, hula hooping re-emerged as a popular cardio workout. The seemingly simple movement keeps the heart rate up while engaging the glutes, midsection and lower back muscles. It’s an excellent workout for aging individuals or those who suffer from everyday aches and pains.
Even better, you can perform hula hoops indoors or outdoors. Just find a weighted hula hoops and master the movement. Hold the hoop at your waist and keep the legs shoulder- or hip-width apart. The key is to maintain a consistent movement to keep the hula hoops from rolling onto your waist.
Indoor Rock Climbing
Love really “physical” workout? Indoor rock climbing will keep your heart rate up while toning all major muscles groups. It will also build strength, balance and endurance. Just an hour spent rock climbing will burn 800 calories. The constant shifting of the weight in between rocks will build the muscles and activate the core. Pulling yourself up also engages the entire upper body.
Afraid of heights? Don’t worry. Indoor rock climbing is totally safe. You can start with bouldering and top roping. Once you are used to it, you can take on more challenging activities.
Just like the hula hoop, skipping rope isn’t just for kids. This exercise is one of the best when it comes to burning calories! 15 minutes of skipping rope will burn 200 calories. The movement also engages the whole body. It keeps the heart rate up and tones the leg.
Of course, it’s important to get the right shoes when skipping rope. You want shoes that offer a lot of support and cushion. That’s because you have to land on the balls of your feet every time you skip rope. And that brings crushing pressure on the feet. So get comfortable shoes that provide a lot of support. Also, don’t forget to warm up the limbs for at least 10 minutes before skipping rope.
You can bring your skipping rope anywhere and use it to pass time. For instance, if you’re waiting for the bus, skip rope. You can also use it in conjunction with walking for 30 minutes to blast calories. Each time commercials are up, skip rope. You’d be surprised at the amount of calories you burn in just minutes of skipping rope.