The gym is that one place where you can focus on everything except working out. You’re distracted by gorgeous people, you’re bored on the treadmill and lifting weights is just killing you. Fret not! Here are some activities that are more hands on and get you more involved without getting in anyone’s way.
You might want to avoid the pool during peak hours when it’s packed with people who do everything but swim. Water is denser than air (twelve-fold) thereby providing resistance which works in toning and strengthening of muscles as well as burning calories.
People with injuries and arthritis are recommended swimming as a way of working out since the gym can be taxing on their bodies.
2. Hula hoops
Did you know 30 minutes of hula hoops can burn 216 calories? Just start by rotating the hoop with your hands and let your hips take over.
3. Aerial yoga
It adapts traditional yoga moves while you’re suspended on a large silk hammock. Twist, twirl and maneuver yourself to stretches and poses as you work out your core and release that stress.
Created in the 1990s as a dance fitness regimen, it fuses hip hop, aerobics and western dance elements to create a hardcore workout that focuses on every part of the body. What’s the best part about Zumba? You can do it anywhere and dance to your favourite music.
Your weights are the broom, mop and duster as you make your place squeaky clean. Need some more incentives? You can burn up to 153 calories in 30 minutes of cleaning. To make the chores even more worth it, twist from right to left while mopping, rather than using your hands. Since you’ll be bending and sitting on your haunches, why not do some quick squats as well as stretching on all fours? If you’re climbing a step ladder to put stuff into upper cupboards, climb up and down 20 times to burn a few more calories.
Ah! Now you have some incentive to keep your place clean!
6. Running up and down the stairs
Looking for an alternative to leg day at the gym? Running on the stairs are a sure sign of muscle development around the legs and guess what – you can burn up to 422 calories in half an hour.
Do note that to avoid any injuries, apply the thrust on your toes rather than your heels and pump your arms to maintain balance. This exercise can be quite exhausting but don’t worry about taking a break or intervals in between. End with stretching exercises to cool down the muscles.
7. Salsa dancing
This cardio-heavy seductive dance can help burn up to 600 calories. Practice makes perfect and this is perfect activity to enjoy with your significant other.
Another great work out for the leg muscles and that’s why you will find cycling machines at gyms. So why not indulge in the real thing?
If you live close by, cycle to work. It saves on petrol money and helps the environment. Just make sure your office has facilities that support more people biking to work.
9. Exercise videos
All you need is a yoga mat and 15-25 minutes of time. These videos are specially designed to have high and low intensity exercises in succession to induce an efficient burn of calories. Tip: If you don’t want to buy videos, you can find plenty of home workout regimens on YouTube.
10. Martial arts
Whether its Karate, Taekwondo or Thai Kickboxing, these martial arts are great for full body workouts with stretches, squats, cardio and push ups. It helps release all that stress as you sweat it out.
11. Sports club
Choose a sport you really love, whether it’s cricket, football, tennis, squash or basketball, and stick to it. It’s perfect to meet other people who share the same passion, and kindle some competitive spirit in your soul. Overall it’s just fun without you worrying about what workout routine you should follow and which part of your body you should focus on on a particular day. Buh-bye mundane gym, hello sports!