Wellness Wednesday | Alternative Ways to Exercise
It's Wellness Wednesday. This week: we're talking about fun & different ways to get active, especially if working out isn't your thing.
Contrary to what those fitspo models in matching Gym Shark apparel are doing on social media, being active looks different to everyone. If posting gains and squat videos on Instagram isn’t really your thing, read up on these three different (and effective) ways to work out without doing those traditional exercises you might dread while at the gym.
Make it fun
Contrary to what you witness on Instagram, working out doesn’t always have to be hitting the squat rack and running 10 miles. Plus, burpees and push-ups definitely don’t appeal to everyone. The key to working out is finding something you actually enjoy doing, otherwise, you’re more likely to lose interest and burn out after a few weeks. If you’re not crazy about traditional exercise, try Zumba, boxing, or Tabata—the options are endless, just tune in to what interests you!
Go for a walk
Walking is an underrated form of exercise—believe it or not it’s actually a great way to get in a good workout! It can even help reduce stress, improve heart health, and reduce body fat. While this form of exercise is a bit more time-consuming, it is just as effective as a high-intensity class if done consistently over time. Walking outside is an especially great workout because there are usually a variety of elevations, obstacles and terrain changes that get the heart pumping and burn more calories. Put on your favorite podcast and get those steps in!
Grab a friend and get outside
Just because it’s called a workout doesn’t mean it should feel like work. Weather permitting, being outside is a great way to get active without even realizing it, especially when a friend is involved. Outside terrain challenges your body compared to flat surfaces inside—it’s a free and easy way to burn calories. From frisbee and hiking to swimming and wiffleball, warm days with friends are always an easy way to get motivated and active under the sun.