Head over to MeetUp.com and type the word “fitness” into the search bar. You’ll be presented with an array of local activities that you can participate in with other gym-haters just like yourself. From free outdoor workouts and roller skating clubs to basketball teams and juggling lessons you’ll find a fun new way to “work out” faster than you can come up with an excuse not to exercise today.
Did someone speak Dothraki during Game of Thrones? That’ll be 20 bicycle crunches, please! The World Wide Web is filled with workouts that are meant to be done while watching your favorite TV shows and movies. So yes, you can binge watch House of Cards and get fit at the same time. This blog’s sole purpose is for publishing TV workout games. And on Pinterest, forget it; scrolling through all the TV and movie workouts is a workout in itself. Also, Blood Sweat and Cheers has their own collection of games too. So, if you already have a great relationship with your tube, well then you’re about to get in the best shape of your entire life.
Or any organized sport, really. But fitness expert Mark Sisson says that ultimate Frisbee will provide you with one of the best total body workouts. “It uses nearly all the muscles in your body, but maybe more importantly, the team-based nature of the game strongly enforces a sense of community among the players. It’s an activity that relies on partnership while strengthening your ability to think quickly and move swiftly,” he said. Find teams and games near you on USAUltimate.org.
So everyone is talking about stand up paddling, and you think it looks like a lot of fun; well then, why not go out and actually give it a shot? Maybe it’s not as intense as something like ultimate Frisbee, but if you’re looking for a low-impact, calming way to exercise you might find that SUP is your perfect alternative to the gym. Plus, there’s a reason why everyone’s talking about it: it’s actually a lot of fun (and a great core workout, too).
If you think that golf is only a boring game for rich white dudes and country club residents, then you’ve got a lot to learn about the sport. Swinging a club correctly is a test to both your mental and physical abilities. Plus, you can really up the exercise factor by skipping the cart and opting to carry your own clubs.
Instead of making Fido do all of the fetch work, get a workout by getting more involved in his play time. This can include anything from adding 10 or 20 extra minutes to his daily walk to running around with him in the backyard. Get creative, and if you have a cat, well then… we’re sorry.
Signing up for volunteer activities will get you out of the house and moving around, and you get to give back at the same time. Help out at a soup kitchen, build houses with Habitat for Humanity or volunteer as an aid at local running races. There are so many ways you can help out and work out at the same time, all you have to do is choose your cause.
So you don’t want to go to the gym but you do like working out in the traditional sense— push-ups, jumping jacks, squats and all that jazz. Well, then why not give an at-home YouTube workout a try? You can follow along with top-notch trainers for free and many don’t require equipment, so all you have to do is press play. (And do the workout… Duh.)
OK, so you might have to go to a “gym-like space” if you want to try rock climbing (the indoor kind), but we bet you’ll have so much fun that it will hardly even matter. Rock climbing will present you with a trying and true total-body workout. And when you get good at it, you can up the intensity by taking your climbing adventures outdoors.
In search of a fun way to incorporate cardio into your exercise routine? Look no further than the jump rope. It may remind you of your childhood, but don’t be mistaken, a jump rope workout is anything but child’s play. P.S. You know how Pinterest is filled with TV workout games? You can find tons of jump rope workouts there too.