Want to get some exercise but the thought of even another minute on the treadmill or in a crowded, smelly gym fills you with dread? Have you become a master of dreaming up excuses for why you can’t workout today?
You’re not alone! Everyone has to figure out ways to keep themselves entertained while getting their heart pumping. For a lucky few, just listening to music is enough, but most of us need something more entertaining!
And the good news is, there are answers. Exercise doesn’t have to feel like exercise! There are many fun activities you can do, either solo or with a partner, that will let you burn calories year round while you enjoy every second of it. Read on for our favorites!
A Roll in the Hay
What better way to get a workout and burn some calories while enjoying yourself than sex? There’s many proven health benefits of intercourse. On top of making you feel good, it’s also a terrific stress reliever.
In addition to these, you’re also going to burn some serious calories without even thinking about it. A half-hour session will burn between 150 and 200 calories on average, and that’s just for starters. Moaning adds another 18-30 calories, and being on top is a great thigh workout. Get to “exercising!”
With dancing, you’ll be sweating within ten minutes. Anything from zumba to tango, to the flamenco, will get your heart rate up and get you sweating whether you have a partner or are just having fun on your own.
Different dances will have varying levels of difficulty and will target different areas of your body, but all will burn calories without you even realizing it. The calories burned while dancing are similar to activities like swimming or biking.
Dancing will also help to relieve any stress, anxiety, or depression you may have. These factors not only get in the way of day to day life, they also contribute to weight gain through outlets like junk food and overeating.
Is that all, you ask? Nope! Dancing is also a terrific way to lower your heart rate and blood pressure while improving cholesterol levels, all of which promote overall health. What’s not to love?
Cycling is a fun way to change up your environment and is a physical activity that helps get rid of belly fat. You also tone the muscles of your lower body and improve your cardiovascular health.
In addition to spending more time outside, you get the added benefit of fresh air and can spend time with friends or someone special while being active. It’s also a great way to explore the world around you. You can head out on your bike on local roads and at local parks or travel to nearby places.
Walking and Jogging
Walking and jogging are great physical activities that help burn calories outside of the gym. Try walking at a moderate pace or jogging for 30-60 minutes, 4-5 times a week, to help burn fat and boost your metabolism.
Get the additional benefits of fresh air and scenery by walking in a park or around your neighborhood. Regular walking or jogging reduces your risk of heart disease, some cancers, diabetes and strokes, as well as benefits the mind and spirit.
Hiking, like walking for jogging, helps get you outdoors in the fresh air, where you can be around nature and fellow outdoorsmen. You’ll soon forget that you’re even working out when you’re surrounded by the beauty of our world and focused on the more important things in life.
Depending on the difficulty of your hike, your leg and booty muscles could also get an excellent workout. Hikes which feature a lot of going uphill will work your hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes and calves. Downhill focuses more on your hips, calves, and abs.
Walking long or tough distances won’t feel like a chore when you’re not concerned with how much longer you have to be on that treadmill staring at a blank wall. You’ll be surprised at how easy working out becomes when you’re taking in some beautiful scenery in the process.
Swimming is another fun physical activity for anyone who wants to burn calories and lose fat, without spending an endless amount of time on a treadmill at the gym. The number of calories you burn while swimming depends on the length and intensity of your swim.
The higher the intensity and the longer you swim, the more calories you’ll burn. In fact, you can potentially burn 100 calories every 10 minutes with the right intensity. Adding to the benefits of this activity is reduced stress, endurance, strengthened muscles and improved cardiovascular fitness.
Yoga is one of those “exercises” that doesn’t have to actually feel like you’re working out. It can often be more like a meditation session with the added bonus of slashing calories as you go.
It’s also a great way to burn calories and lose weight, and is comprised of three main elements – poses (asanas), meditation (dhyana) and proper breathing practice (pranayama).
Yoga can help with weight loss, boost metabolism, reduce stress, fight anxiety, improve sleep, and increase concentration. Additionally, it will train your body use oxygen more effectively.
Rock climbing is not only a way to enjoy the great outdoors, but also a phenomenal arm, back, and forearm workout. But how many calories do you burn while rock climbing you ask? An almost mind-boggling 500 to 900 per hour!
On top of the physical and emotional perks you’ll get from climbing, it’s a very community based sport making it an excellent way to meet people if you’re new to an area. Most mid-size cities and larger have indoor climbing gyms that are filled with people eager to help those new to the sport.
Climbing gyms will typically have walls for all levels of experience, from the very advanced to complete newbies. They can also get you setup with all the safety gear and training you’ll need. What’s holding you back? Hit the wall and have fun!
So this has likely given you more than a few ideas on how you can burn calories without feeling like you’re exercising. The only step left is for you to actually do them! Have fun, get sweating, and be sure to help give a friend ideas by pinning this!