One of the reasons why people can’t stick to a fitness regimen is because of the hours of boring cardio they have to do, and that’s a shame. You don’t have to jog or spend 30 minutes on the elliptical every day staring into space to get a workout. There are so many different ways that you can get active and burn calories. Some of them can actually be fun too. As long as you can get your heart rate up, you’re getting a workout, so don’t assume that it has to be dull or even difficult. Here are some fun ways to be more physically active.
Go On Hourly Walks
One of the things you should understand about cardio is that it’s cumulative. If your goal is to reach 60 minutes of physical activity per day, you can always break it down into multiple sessions.
You could go on 5-minute brisk walks at the end of each hour, for instance. Try to go as intensely as you can so you can keep your metabolism up after your walking session. Another benefit of hourly walks is that you’ll feel your mind getting clearer as cardio oxygenates the blood. Well-oxygenated blood leads to more mental clarity, and you might be surprised at how productive this habit could make you.
Start Playing A Team Sport
Team sports might be one of the best ways to get a workout without realizing it. The action in most team sports is stopped and go, which makes them a great form of high-intensity interval training. You’ll also be so engulfed in the spirit of competition that you’ll forget that you’re even getting some exercise.
There are tons of great team sports that you can try. If you want something that will give you an intense workout, you can try soccer or basketball. If you want something a bit less competitive with a slower pace, we suggest you try something like softball.
Softball is a great sport for the whole family and people of all ages, and it’s never too late to start. All you have to do is find an amateur league where you are and work on your skills. You could invest in a batting machine and cage and a pitching mat specifically for softball. You’ll be able to get your skills up to an amateur level in no time and have a blast while burning calories.
Take On Swimming
Swimming is another great alternative to traditional cardio. If given the choice between swimming, the treadmill, or something like a rowing machine, most people would go swimming with no hesitation.
First of all, doing cardio in water automatically makes it more enjoyable since you’ll be cooler and won’t turn into a sweaty mess. It’s also much gentler on your bones and joints. Swimming is a great activity to partake in after a tough strength training session too. So, if you haven’t thought of swimming for exercise, try to find inside or outside pools where you are and give it a try.
Start Playing Video Games
People don’t equate video games with fitness, but you could get a great workout from playing games if you choose a console that uses motion sensors like the Nintendo Switch. There are also fitness-oriented VR games that you can try. Fitness games are not the only type of games that will give you a workout either. You could try fighting games or sports-related games as well.
Dancing is another very fun and effective way to get some activity. You could take formal dancing classes, but you can also randomly dance at home whenever you feel too. It would also be a good idea to ramp up the intensity a little bit if your goal is to get a workout.
These are all fun and easy ways that you can add some physical activity to your daily routine. Try to use as many of these tricks as possible and always try to find new ways to keep your blood pumping.