Isn’t it funny how when we were children, our school gym classes showed us a wide variety of exercise styles, but as adults the gym seems to be the only thing we think of when it comes to exercise?
This new status quo of ‘gym or nothing’ may be preventing you from reaching your fitness goals, when in reality there are so many other ways to stay fit. Below we’ll be sharing our favorite alternative workouts for those who don’t want to be confined to a gym when it comes to fitness!
A great workout doesn’t have to include heavy equipment and repetitive sequences. Here are some alternative exercises that will stimulate your body and excite your inner child.
Rock climbing is an exciting activity that hones your mind and your body. You may think it works the upper body more than anything else, but any climber will tell you that it’s a full-body experience. You’ll need to use balance, core strength, and leg strength to propel yourself to the next hold. Plus, it’s also a great mental workout since you’ll need to work out the best route to take; an excellent alternative for those who find gym reps monotonous!
Nervous about the extreme nature of the sport? You can enjoy all the physical and mental benefits of rock climbing without ever facing a real mountain. Indoor climbing gyms have gained a lot of popularity in recent years, and most of them even feature shorter, equipment-free walls (bouldering) for those who don’t want to deal with heights.
If you prefer to move to your own rhythm, why not try a dance class? Dancers are some of the fittest people on the planet thanks to the physical benefits that dance brings. Most types of dance work the entire body and all major muscle groups, and also enhances flexibility, strength, and coordination.
The beauty of dance is that there are so many different types to choose from. Whether you opt for the gracefulness of ballet or the passion of salsa, you’ll be getting an excellent workout while having fun.
Boxing may be the perfect choice for those looking to unleash their inner fighter. This high-intensity form of exercise is an excellent full-body workout that helps burn fat and build muscle. It’s also great if you’re looking for a workout that’s quick yet effective; even half an hour of boxing will make a positive impact on your physique!
It’s easy to start, and you can even do it at home if you don’t want to commit to a boxing gym. The only equipment you’ll need is your own body and a boxing bag.
Want to connect with nature and soak up breathtaking views while you exercise? Hiking will be right up your alley. It’s one of the most natural forms of cardio that builds muscles and stronger bones, enhances heart health, and improves balance. You’ll also reap all the spiritual benefits that spending time in nature provides.
One of the great things about hiking is that anyone can do it, and the only equipment you need is a good pair of trail shoes. Beginners can start on easy trails and work their way up to more arduous ones that will really get their heart rates going.
This ancient practice allows you to exercise your mind and body, which is perfect for anyone seeking a deeper connection between the two. On a physical level it increases flexibility, muscle strength and tone, and respiration. It also helps you become more aware of your breath and body, improves mental clarity and inner peace, and promotes focus and concentration.
Many people consider yoga a low-impact form of exercise, but you can turn the heat up by engaging in more challenging forms like power yoga or hot yoga.
Were you always a fan of the team sports you used to play at school? You can reconnect with your inner child by seeking out adult teams. Whether it’s soccer, basketball, volleyball, or tennis, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many local teams and clubs exist in your town.
If you’re one with the water, you can make swimming your main form of exercise. Head to your local pool – or natural body of water – to enjoy an excellent full-body workout that builds endurance and strength while keeping your heart and lungs healthy.
Trampolining isn’t just for kids anymore. You can use a trampoline at home to stay fit and healthy. If you want to bounce on a bigger scale, you can head to a trampoline parks (which are becoming increasingly popular for people of all ages).
Unlike most workouts where you’re exercising your entire body, only your legs are working when you’re on the trampoline. Your upper body stays relaxed, so you don’t have to worry about overworking those muscles.
No gym, no worries! There are so many alternative forms of exercise that will help you stay on top of your fitness goals while actually having fun.