“Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart” – Gene Tunney, Boxer
Exercise should be enjoyed! But, whether you love the gym or hate it, being in the same environment day after day during your workouts can get boring. Sometimes you just need a little change of scenery to liven up your workout. Additionally, doing the same types of workouts can not only become boring, but can eventually stall your results through the adaptation process. Switching up your workout once in a while can add some fun to your routine and help motivate you to get active. We’ve compiled our top five ways to get active that are so fun, you won’t even feel like you’re working out!
- Hiking – On sunny days, who doesn’t love to get active outdoors? Pack some nutritious snacks, grab some friends, and take your workout outside! Hiking trails can be found all over the place in Oregon, and are the perfect way to get your body moving without being stuck inside. You’ll have so much fun, you definitely won’t need to talk yourself into getting active that day!
- Jumping Rope – Jumping rope can have a learning curve for people who haven’t done this in a while, but this activity will bring you right back to your childhood. Additionally, jumping rope can be made harder or easier by manipulating the speed and technique. It’s a great way to have some fun and get your heart rate up, and is a great alternative to when you’re just not feeling into the treadmill.
- Swimming – Not only is swimming fun, but it’s easy on the joints, which makes it great for people who have trouble bearing weight due to joint issues. It’s also a great alternative to exercises that are harder on the joints and muscles when you’re feeling sore or fatigued from previous workout sessions earlier in the week.
- Bicycling – Riding a bike is a great way to both enjoy the outdoors and get a great cardio workout in. Additionally, bicycling is easier on the joints than running. Find some hills to rev up your intensity, or find some flat ground for a more laid-back ride!
- Playing around at a playground – Workouts can be done anywhere, and playgrounds are a great way to switch up your routine. Many playgrounds have equipment such as parallel bars, monkey bars, uneven bars, benches, and trails to run on. Find some playground equipment and see what you can do! For example, parallel bars can be used to do chest and tricep dips, while uneven bars can be used to do pull-ups. For an easier alternative to tricep dips, a bench can be used instead. Get creative, release your inner kid, and see what kind of workout you can create!
We hope you try some of these fun alternatives to traditional workouts! If you do, share with us in the comments below!
Do you have any ways you like to switch up your exercise routine that we didn’t mention? Tell us about it below! 🙂