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20 Fun Ways to Exercise if You Hate the Gym

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20 Fun Ways to Exercise if You Hate the Gym

Going to the gym and doing the same routine day after day can become very boring. Before you know it, you are less motivated, you have a negative attitude, and achieving your goals just isn’t a priority anymore.

Exercise is crucial for your overall health and wellbeing. It improves your mood, fights fatigue, and promotes endorphins and self-confidence. That being said, when you find yourself becoming bored, it’s important to switch it up. Instead of running on the treadmill, head to your local park and do a few bodyweight exercises on the jungle gym instead.

The worst thing you can do is begin your workout with a negative attitude. It’s important to keep your training sessions fun and participate in activities that provide motivation. For instance, playing a sport, taking a group fitness class and signing up for an obstacle course race, are all great ways to have fun and get in a killer workout at the same time.

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Workout with a Friend

So you dread the gym – head outdoors and workout with a friend instead. Skip happy hour, socialize and get in a killer workout at the same time. Studies have shown that working out with a friend makes physical activity more enjoyable and motivating.

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Take a Group Fitness Class

For those of you who dread the same everyday workout routine, group fitness classes will not disappoint. It’s the perfect way to meet individuals with the same interests as you and maybe even make a few new friends. Some of the best group fitness classes of 2016 include Spinning, Barre, CKO Kickboxing and Orange Theory Fitness.

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Play in the Park

Turn any park into your own gym. Try bodyweight exercises – do pullups and dips in the jungle gym. Bodyweight training is a great way to get in your workout in a short amount of time, you can customize your own fitness routine and you will never get bored.

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Play a Workout Video Game

If you find yourself in a rut and constantly doing the same routine over and over again, working out can get pretty boring. Every so often, substitute your workout with a fitness video game. Try the Nike+ Kinect Training for XBOX 360, EA Sports Active 2 for Nintendo Wii or Everybody Dance for PS3.

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Exercise with your Dog

Research has shown that owning a pet makes you healthier – they are good for your heart, help lower blood pressure, provide companionship and reduce the risk for depression. But most importantly, they are great exercise motivation. Similar to humans, pets need to stay active to avoid becoming overweight or obese. Head outdoors and play a game of fetch, or go for a run side by side with your dog and workout together.

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Jump Rope

Sick of running on the treadmill? Try jump roping. It’s the ultimate calorie blaster, burning tons of calories in a short amount of time. It also puts less impact on your joints than jogging.

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Go Bowling

Get a bunch of your friends together and head to the bowling alley. It’s a great way to strengthen and tone your muscles. According to research, “during a three-game series, the average person walks more than half of a mile. For players who are engaged in playing quite vigorously, this can result in burning up to 300 calories.”

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Go out Dancing

Next time you and your friends are having trouble deciding what to do for the night, suggest going out dancing. It’s an incredible cardio workout – get sweaty, burn calories and move your entire body on the dance floor. After all, there is a reason why so many people attend Zumba classes.

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Take a Walking Tour of Your City

Regardless to where you live, you should be able to find a beautiful area to tour. Explore a different part of your city, one you may have never been to before or visit a public garden.

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Get Competitive

Healthy competition is fun and exciting. For instance, competitive sports, community races and weight loss competitions are great motivators. Fitness trackers and apps are also a great way to compete with other people. Depending on the device, you can challenge your friends, other groups of trackers or compete as a team.

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Play a Sport

What is your favorite sport – basketball, soccer, football? Research local sport leagues in your area and join the team. Or simply round up some friends for a pickup game. If you enjoy what you’re doing, it’s more likely you will stick with it overtime; and the harder you play, the better the workout.

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Indoor Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is both fun and physically demanding. It combines both cardio and strength training in a single workout. The act of pulling yourself up will strengthen your upper body and each rock you step on will enhance your leg muscles. It also helps increase your flexibility.

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Go for Bike Ride

If you are looking for a fun aerobic and cardiovascular activity, look no further than a bike ride. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the outdoors while you ride up hills and on flat roads. It’s the perfect way to distract yourself and focus your mind on something other than the physical activity.

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Go on a Hike

Hiking provides numerous health benefits – it improves your posture, helps you reconnect with nature and decreases your chances of developing illness. But when it comes to weight loss, hiking keeps you very fit. Hiking on an incline for extended periods can torch major calories.

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Sign up for an Obstacle Course Race

This is a fun, completive, motivating way to get in shape and stay in shape. After signing up for an obstacle course race you will find yourself motivated to get in shape and once you cross the finish line, you will feel accomplished and proud. There are tons of different races to choose from, some of which include Spartan Race, Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder.

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Go Swimming

Swimming is more than just a recreational activity, it’s a great workout. You will increase your muscle strength, social life and improve your overall health. It helps improve your flexibility, builds muscles, improves your balance and enhances your endurance.

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Try Zumba

Zumba made our list as one of the best group fitness classes of 2016. Zumba Step specifically, takes the average Zuma class who a whole new level. It increases cardio and calorie burning, while also strengthening and toning your legs.

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Try a Workout Video

Pop in a workout DVD and exercise right in the comfort of your own home. There are a variety of fun videos to choose from – boot camps, dance, yoga and weight lifting, just to name a few. They each provide variety, so you will never get bored and have motivating instructors, keeping you on your toes.

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Go Kayaking

There is nothing better than exploring the outdoors and attaining an excellent workout at the same time. Kayaking will help tone your abs; it takes a lot of core strength and movement. It is a great upper body workout, as your arms, back, chest and shoulders will work to pull you along and it will elevate your heart rate, providing you with great cardio benefits without the use of a treadmill or elliptical.

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Go to the Batting Cages

Whether you are a baseball fan or not, hitting a few balls at your local batting cage is a fun and intense workout. Swinging the bat works the shoulders, core and arms. According to livestrong.com “a 150-pound adult can burn between 200 and 300 calories an hour hitting the ball.”

20 Fun Ways to Exercise if You Hate the Gym