If there’s one thing I know about getting fit it’s that you have to be seriously committed. There’s no point being an angel half the time and stuffing your face whilst having Netflix marathons for the rest of it. Deciding to become fit and healthy is not a part time thing, it’s a lifestyle change - and one for the better. I promise you that you’ll feel so much better in yourself once you decide to make a positive change to your body. That includes having bundles of energy, feeling way less sluggish, being a much happier person generally and the best part, falling into bed exhausted to get the best night’s sleep ever. I understand that the gym isn’t for everyone and that’s completely okay. Why would everyone like the same workout when we all differ so much with everything else in our lives? If the gym isn’t really your thing then don’t let that be an excuse to not keep fit and healthy. Here are some fantastic alternatives that you will not only enjoy but become totally obsessed with because you love doing it so much.
1. HIIT Workouts
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is one of the best and quickest ways to get fit. If you lead an extremely busy lifestyle then this could be the answer for you. I find this works for me, a quick burst is easier to fit in than an hour long class.
2. Take a dip
Swimming is one of the best exercises for your body. It provides cardio but also tones your entire body. Just half hour of swimming can burn over 200 calories and it’s a great way to remove yourself from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It’s also less harsh on your joints, so if you’re recovering from an injury, suffer with arthritis or you’re overweight, this is definitely a great way to get in shape.
3. Yoga, but better
Yoga is one of the most common ways to improve on body strength and fitness, but if doing the downward dog 3 nights a week is a little too boring for you then perhaps you should try a new yoga craze - aerial yoga. You’ll be doing the same moves but in the air. This will give you the abs you desire and also help relieve all the stress from your daily life. Double whammy!
4. Get your spin on
Spin bikes are amazing at working out the body. Be prepared to sweat A LOT but don’t let that put you off as sweating means you’re doing something right. If you don’t feel confident enough to join a spin class (they are pretty demanding), then consider getting your own to use in the comfort of your own home.
5. Join the circus
Okay, so I don’t mean ACTUALLY join a circus, unless you want to that is. But circus classes are the new in thing and they are amazing at getting your body into shape. This is certainly a unique way of getting fit and how cool would it be to list that on your online dating profile as a hobby?
6. Hula hula baby
This is actually seriously fun and also a seriously cheap way to get fit. All you need is a hula hoop and enough space to do your thing. If you want to see optimum results, invest in a weighted hula hoop.
7. Pole dancing
Long gone are the days that admitting to doing pole dancing is met with gasps of horror and surprise. You don’t need to turn up to your classes in fancy lingerie (in fact, I strongly suggest against it) and no one is expecting you to ooze sexiness like Jessica Rabbit either. This is a great, fun way to strengthen and tone the body so think less taboo and more to-do.
8. Fulfil your young dreams of being a ballerina
It’s well known that ballerina’s have the most fantastically toned bodies. I’m not saying you can become a world class ballerina from working out 3 times a week for an hour (that stuff takes SERIOUS commitment and pain), but you can reap some of the fitness benefits by taking part in barre-based workouts. The ballet-inspired workouts incorporate both weight training and pilates to help shape your body. If you want delightfully toned legs and a booty to kill then this is definitely the workout for you.
9. Come on, let’s bounce
Get out of your house and onto a trampoline as a way of getting fit. You can do this in a class or at home as all you need is a mini trampoline. This is a fun way of getting your cardio fix and you’ll notice you start to develop abs and leg power if you keep on bouncing.