Hey lovelies, sometimes working out feels like a chore, but it doesn’t have to. Which is why I’ve compiled my five favorite ways to be active and stay in shape. All of the things I’ve listed don’t require a gym because let’s be honest no one likes going to the gym. Because I for one find them awkward, I don’t know why, but I get awkward in front of people when I’m working out. Anyway… that’s probably an issue my future therapist will have to deal with, let’s get to the five fun ways to be active, shall we?
#1 Sprinting With Circuits:
I prefer sprinting all the way, and I feel you see results from it quicker when compared to long distance running. I’ve only really pushed sprinting into my workout plan for the past month and a half, maybe two months, and I’m already noticing a difference in more muscle tone, but my legs aren’t getting bulky, but instead slimming. Which is the case for most, remember athletes who sprint in their sport (soccer/football/futball players, sprinters, etc.) train their legs for speed, endurance, and to perform and quickly recover, meaning they train their muscles with more than sprinting alone. Your legs more than likely won’t bulk; they get bigger at first due to building muscle, but they will slim down as the muscle goes up and fat goes down.
Here is my sprinting/jogging interval cycle:
- Jog for 30 seconds
- Sprint for 30 seconds at 90-100% maximum effort
- Jog for 60 seconds
- Sprint for 60 seconds at 80-90% maximum effort
- Jog for 90 seconds
- Sprint for 90 seconds at 70-80% maximum effort
Repeat that twice, and if need be take a 1-2 minute break between cycles. I do this three times per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Once this becomes easy, just increase by one cycle. So instead of running through it twice, you’d do it three times, and then once that’s easy four times, etc.
Playing soccer is a great way to tone up your legs, and get some great footwork skills too. Plus you don’t have to truly know what you’re doing to get the benefits. I like to practice using a wall, with the main goal of to keep the ball going as long as possible without losing control of it. It gets your heart rate up, and time flies by quicker than you think as well.
Plus to get some agility work in, set up some cones, and run some drills while controlling the ball.
#3 Distance Running :
I don’t like distance running, but you’ve got to have those easy run days mixed in with the higher intensity ones as well. I prefer running on trails when distance running because it makes it more challenging, and I don’t feel like a hamster on a wheel. My best tips for running for distance is build your endurance by sprinting, do conditioning, and make an awesome playlist of your all-time favorite songs.
#4 Basketball :
So, now that we’ve got the legs covered, basketball is great for your arms. I hate working my arms, I don’t know, I have no problem working my legs, or core, but I can’t stand working my arms. Which is why basketball is a great fun alternative. Plus once again, it’s as simple as, needing a basketball hoop, or a wall, yourself, and a basketball to get the benefits.
#5 Dancing :
Dancing is a great way to get that heart rate up, and work your entire body from head to toe. Make a playlist of super up-beat songs, get a DVD (do people still use those?) dance program, or find a dance workout video on YouTube to do. Just channel your inner Shakira, because hips don’t lie, and they be saying they wants to dance.
How do you stay active?
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.