Working out is not always fun but it is important to make sure you are active. It can be boring to always be going to the gym or doing your home workouts so sometimes I like to switch it up and do an activity that is fun that is not a traditional workout. Each weekend instead of a workout I try to do an active activity that changes up my weekly routine. Some suggestions are listed below!
This is my favorite activity to go do on the weekends. It is a great workout and it feels good to get outside and away from the city.
Go to the Climbing Gym
If you have an indoor climbing gym near you check it out. It is a great workout and can be so much fun. It’s a completely different type of workout.
Go to the Park
Go to the park and play with your kids or just take a brisk walk. A change of scenery and fresh air is always a great break from being in the gym. Some parks even have workout equipment for adults to workout while the kids play.
Dancing is a fun way to burn some calories. Go out dancing with the girls or take a dance class. Stuck at home for the weekend? Turn up the music at home and dance, get your kids involved!
Get out and play a game with the family. Kick ball, soccor, tag football. All great ways to get out and have some fun and burn some calories.
Take the bikes out, you can ride trails, around the neighborhood, at the park. Research your nearest city. A lot of cities have trails made for bike riding that would be safe and off the road. Or if you prefer check out your parks to look for mountain bike paths.
Clean Your Home
Ok, this one may not be exactly fun, but it usually needs done. Turn on your favorite playlist and really get into. A few hours of cleaning can really burn some calories. Add some music you might sing and dance to a little and get a bonus burn.
Go for a Swim
Swimming can be a lot of fun, and is also a great way to burn calories. Take the kids to the pool, or to the lake beach. If the weather isn’t right look for an indoor pool.
Rollerblading or Skating.
This can be a fun activity, look for a nice paved path and take your roller blades and burn some calories. This is also a great activity to do with the family!
There are many ways that you can get in a decent work out and still have fun! These are also great family activities so you can be active and spend some quality time with your family.
What are some of your favorite non workout workouts?
I love these ideas. I do want to try and climb a wall one day. I also like going on bike rides. It’s been ages since I’ve done that.
You should totally try it! It is one of my favorite activities. Its a challenge for both body and mind as you work out the routes.
I agree with hiking! It’s soooo tiring, but it’s worth it when you get to see the view at the top. Lately, I’ve been loving dancing to Korean girl group songs!
Making fitness fun is a good way to take the “work” out of workout. My all time favorite way to exercise that is on this list is dancing.
Yes! Dancing can be so much fun and burn so many calories. Especially if you are really enjoying it!
I love going for the exercise options that keep things fun. It makes the exercise easier and pass by quicker.
Totally agree! You can often get more in too. Hiking for example, may be a couple hours worth of fun “work” vs 30 minutes in a gym.
I miss hiking! Been a while. Hope to do it soon. Thank you for reminding me. This post id great.
I’m all for hiking whenever I get a chance. Else, speed walking & swimming works wonderfully for both my body & mind. By the way, cleaning your home can be a great substitute for exercise. especially if you have kids around : )
I hike whenever I get a chance also! I don’t have kids yet, but I can imagine the extra effort it takes.
I think I will choose cleaning and dancing, tried hiking once and it was a wrong idea.
I LOVE rollerblading for exercise but had a bad outside fall once so I really only like it on level, non porous ground. i wish there was a rink for me to go to!
I agree! I love it also but it is not fun when you fall. I have a hard time with the stopping…
I do really like rock climbing, just haven’t done it in forever. It’s kind of like putting a puzzle together, except not! haha!
A physical puzzle! I totally get, figuring out the right way to use your body to get to the next hold. Its not always as obvious as it seems.
What a list of wonderful tips! I agree, dancing is a fun way to burn some calories. In fact, it has been kind of popular in my city, that numbers of fitness centres offer zumba, modern dance, or belly dance classes. ~ Ola @ WanderWithOla
Oh Belly dancing would be fun!
I love to do a lot of these and did more before my back surgery. I didn’t even realize that when I clean, I’m performing a fitness option. I clean daily so maybe it’s helping.
What some absolutely great fun ways of exercising. It is amazing where even loving to walk can take you over time.
Exercise can always seem like such a chore when starting off – these look like fun ways to start off
Yes! Or when you need a break in your normal workout routine.
I’m sure glad that cleaning the house counts as exercise because some days that’s all I get. My watch always records more steps on days that I clean. (With that motivation, you’d think my house would be cleaner!)
Yes exercising is fun anything that will make you active is fun. I personally love hiking I can spend my whole day exploring outside and getting some workout.
Exercising is fun, it gives a sense of achievement! I love the Dancing….perfect way to burn some excess calories.
I needed this! I tend to think exercise is work – borderline torture. I do like hiking, dancing, and rollerblading. I should do those activities instead of working out.
Thanks for the ideas! We do have to make fitness fun for us to make it more interesting and we don’t miss it.