Alternative Ways To Get Active Without Going To The Gym

Now I just want to say that I’ve never been much of a gym bunny. To be honest I can’t think of anything worse than going to the gym seeing sweaty bodies grunting and straining away, I would rather go on walks, or hikes out in the fresh air. Don’t get me wrong, if going to the gym is your thing, I have nothing against it, it’s just not my cup of tea.

gym - alternative ways to get active

I have friends who are proper hardcore gym bunnies, going to classes at least one a day sometimes two! Spinning away on their little bikes. Good for them getting something out of it. In fact I do admire their commitment to keeping fit and active. I do wish sometimes I had more time to get out and get active myself, but it’s not possible with a clingy 16 month old at the moment and other work commitments.

Friends of mine are taking part in The Great Tesco Walk in September, which involves taking part in one of the 51 legs as part of a relay team to walk the entire length of the country, from Land’s End to John O’Groats. They will be raising money for Diabetes UK and The British Heart Foundation. My friends like to keep fit and active so are already preparing for the 48 km walk.

If you would like to sponsor them, you can do so here.

I like to look at alternative ways to get active. Now it’s the Summer it’s the ideal time to get outside and try something new.

Have you thought about Skateboarding?

I used to love my skateboard when I was young, it’s good exercise and helps with balance and strengthening your core muscles.

skateboarding - alternative ways to keep active

Other activities you could try out are:

  • Dancing
  • Geocaching – treasure hunting and working out when you don’t realise you are doing it!
  • Hiking
  • Martial Arts
  • Cleaning – Build up a sweat while hoovering a 3 storey house, lugging the hoover up the flights of stairs – you can’t tell me this isn’t a work out!
  • Yoga
  • Cycling to work
  • Military Fitness Classes  – These will help teach you discipline and may make working out much more fun

As you can see I have a rather fun mixture of activities to try out without stepping foot in a gym!

Do you like going to the gym? Or do you prefer to keep active in other ways?

As always I love to read your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by today.

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