We all get a little sick of the same routines sometimes – even me, and to be real, some people are just not gym people, heck some people just don’t like exercising, period! So here are three ways to get your workout on without having to feel like you’re working out.
- Go On A Hike
Okay, I’m going to start by stating the obvious, but fresh air and sunlight are essentials when it comes to good health. Hiking is a great way to get both while also getting a good workout in. Hiking is excellent cardio, which means it has all the health benefits as any other form of cardio – such as improved cardiovascular health and improved blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Since hiking is cardio, as well as a weight-bearing exercise (you’re bearing your own body weight), it is also a great way to burn calories. How many calories you burn depends on how much you weigh; for instance, a 100lb person will burn between 200 and 300 calories in an hour hiking while a 200lb person will burn between 600 and 700 calories. Hiking builds muscle and bone density (and gives you great legs and a great butt). To increase the intensity, you can pack a heavy backpack or carry weights while you hike; hiking at more of incline will also take care of that!
Yeah, I’m encouraging you to hit the club right now. Or how about take a dance class or even…throw a dance party and get your friends in on the exercise! Dancing is a great aerobic workout because it uses not only your cardiovascular system, but your whole body so it tones muscles all over, especially your legs, butt, and core (a good excuse to really get into it!). You can burn up to 443 calories in one hour dancing. So get out there and shake your booty!
- Hula Hoop
Up for a challenge? This is one that may take a little bit of practice, but it’s a total blast, so in my book – worth it! Hula hoops are super cheap and can be purchased anywhere they sell toys. According to a study sponsored by The American Council on Exercise, a person can burn up to 7 calories per minute hula hooping. In addition, to being a great calorie burning exercise, it’s great for toning and tightening your core. Once you master your basic skills, you can mix it up a little by bending into a squat while hula hooping to get more of a butt and thigh workout, moving to your tiptoes to get your calves more engaged, or jogging in place while hula hooping to give you a little more cardio. Like I said, hula hoops are cheap, and you can hula hoop in the comfort of your own living room while you watch your favorite TV show; there’s no excuse not to get your workout in.
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