Powerlifting, Ballroom Dancing and 9 Other Non-Running Workouts You've Probably Never Tried

These non-running activity ideas will help you find the fun in staying fit

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We get it: running just isn’t your jam.

Either you’ve tried your hand at it a few times and just can’t find that “high” everyone seems to be gloating about. Or, you just don’t see any appeal in it all.

The good news is, you don’t need any reason not to run. If you don’t like it, you don’t like it, and that’s totally fine. However, as you’re probably aware, you do need some sort of physical activity in your life (preferably a kind that you enjoy) if you want to stay healthy and strong.

But if traditional activities like running, swimming, cycling or weight lifting don’t really excite or interest you, then maybe you’ve found it challenging to find an exercise routine you can really stick with.

That’s OK, though. Because there are so many different ways to stay active — the list is nearly endless. And to help you narrow your search for an actually enjoyable activity, here we’ve highlighted 11 of our favorite non-running workouts that we bet you’ve probably never tried, but that are definitely worth taking a shot at. 

Powerlifting

To be clear, powerlifting — which, formally, involves lifting a maximum amount of weight in three attempts — is a pretty intense sport and it’s definitely not meant for beginners. But if you’re bored by traditional weight lifting and interested in getting strong, it’s definitely something you might be interested in working towards. First you’ll have to build a solid strength training base, but once you’ve got a strong foundation you can move towards challenging yourself with heavier, squat, deadlift and bench press lifts.

Ballroom Dancing​

At first, it might not seem like much of a workout, but give it a go and you’ll soon learn that ballroom dancing is not even close to being low-key. “Dance is a weight-bearing activity, which builds bones. It's also wonderful for your upper body and strength,” Catherine Cram, M.S., an exercise physiologist at Comprehensive Fitness Consulting in Middleton, Wisconsin told WebMD. Plus, different dance styles target different muscles, meaning you’ll have the advantage of building strength all over.  

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