Fun 15 (Yes, Exercise!)

Exercise - The Fun 15

 

Admittedly, getting fit and exercising is not really something anybody considers their favorite thing to do. Pretty much anyone you talk to will have other things that they would rather do. Yet, physical activity is key to a healthy body and lifestyle. Well, what if there were a middle ground? You know, exercise that was fun?

Well, if that is what you’ve been looking for, then you’ve come to the right page! We have a list of 15 exercises (with comments from Shape Magazine) we think can be really fun – with a group, a friend, or even by yourself! Too good to be true? Take a look at the list below! We bet there is something on there you will find to your liking. Enjoy and be sure to leave your feedback and/or rating!

Dance Dance Revolution

Dance Dance Revolution, a video game available for various gaming consoles, is the new fitness revolution. Follow choreographed moves on a dance mat to the beat of catchy dance tunes to earn points. Burn calories, and before you know it, you’ll be at the next level and a DDR pro.

Capoeira

Capo-what? Capoeira is a Brazilian art form that combines martial arts, acrobatics, dance and music. With deep roots in African and Brazilian history, this is not your average workout. Be ready to try complex moves with high kicks, punches and non-stop moving and shaking.

Kettlebell Cardio

Add kettlebells to your cardio workout. It’s a great way to up the ante of your monotonous cardio routine. This double-whammy workout is a full body strength training and cardio exercise.

Indoor Rock Climbing

If you’re tired of your standard workout routine, mix it up and try a more adventurous sport like indoor rock climbing. Take a break from the elliptical or treadmill at the gym and hit the rock wall. Sometimes a change of scenery and pace is all you need to get back on the exercise wagon.

Zumba

Get ready to move to the beat of the music with Zumba, a popular Latin-based dance class offered at gyms nationwide. It’s a fitness party that will make you sweat and burn calories in a fun, upbeat setting. There’s not much needed for this energy-packed class, except your dancing shoes and a little rhythm.

Jumping Rope

Jumping rope is not just for kids! It’s actually a great aerobic exercise that really burns calories. Depending on your intensity, you can burn up to 20 calories per minute just from jumping rope. Why not relive your Double Dutch days and pick up a rope today? This workout is not only efficient; it’s budget-friendly.

Step Platform

A step platform is used in many aerobic workout classes. Exercises with a step platform simulate walking at an incline, such as climbing stairs. It’s a great way to enhance any cardio workout to tone your rear. No one said getting a cute butt has to be hard.

Exercise Ball

An exercise ball (or stability ball) is an inflated vinyl ball used in a multitude of ways. From mountain climbers to Pilates to wall sits, the exercise ball helps to strengthen the body and improve core stability and balance. Plus, sitting on an exercise ball can help with posture and performing crunches on an exercise ball strengthens abs by challenging your body differently than if you were to do sit-ups on a mat. So, should we just call it a miracle ball? It does it all.

Indo Boarding

How do surfers get those long, lean bodies? It’s the way the body is worked when surfing, training their bodies to use strength, coordination and balance. While we all can’t hit the waves regularly, indoboarding is a great way to simulate the surfing experience to get that surfer body. An indo board is simply a plank set on a cylinder that allows the body to pivot back and forth. Try using an indo board to train your body to be in control. First comes the body, then comes the surfer tan.

Boot Camp

Need that extra kick in the caboose to get in shape? Try enrolling in a boot camp session in your area. With the style and intensity of a personal training session, but the support and group setting of a fitness class, boot camp will surely do the job, especially if you’re someone in extra need for motivation to work out. This way, you can’t say no, unless you want to endure the penalty of 50 pushups.

Pool Exercises

Splish splash! Make good use of pool time as soon as the weather is warm enough. Pool exercises such as water aerobics (or AquaFit) and Aqua Zumba are great resistance training exercises for those in need of low-impact workouts. The water reduces the risk of muscle and joint injuries and allows for a greater range of motion. Take a class at your gym or come up with your own aquatic workout routine.

Rowing

One of the best workouts to get toned arms is rowing. The rigorous paddle movement against the resistance of the water strengthens arms and burns calories. Don’t live near a body of water? A rowing machine simulates the same movement and gives you an equally challenging workout inside.

Tennis

The season is here to put on your tennis whites and challenge your friends to a match. Competitive sports are a great way to burn calories while having fun. And really, it’s a win win for you, since you still get a great workout regardless of the final outcome of the match.

Walking

Walking, we do it every day, but never really thinking of it as a workout. Did you know that walking 10,000 steps per day could help with weight loss and improve health? That’s equivalent to five miles, or 30-60 minutes of walking, approximately. So what are you waiting for? Get up and take a walk!

Swimming

While we’re not all swimmers, swimming can still be a very beneficial workout for anyone looking to break out of the monotony of the gym. It gets your heart rate up, but it’s not hard on your body. Gliding through the water doing various strokes can also be very soothing. Swimming works almost every muscle in your body. Time to get that swimsuit ready for your new swimsuit body!

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