Running, swimming, and the gym. Three pretty standard ways of getting your heart pumping and your muscles toned. But what happens when you want a little more out of your fitness routine; and how can you have fun with your friends whilst keeping up your daily cardio?
There are a variety of brilliant activities you can share with your friends; even the ones who aren’t so keen on keeping up their fitness levels as you. From a simple game of rounders in the park to playing tag with your kids; it’s all about the amount of effort you put into it. Let’s have a quick look at some alternative, fun ways to get your body moving, and possibly your next fitness craze.
Believe it or not, skateboarding is a fantastic cardio workout. It burns between 8-12 calories per minute for those who fancy a skoot about on the flat, but if you want to get a little more aerobic with it then you have found a workout which could be more effective than skipping rope. Key areas it works are hamstrings, glutes, quads, lower back and abs. The reason your abs get such a good workout is because they are working hard with your back to keep your spine aligned; on a skateboard you are thrown off balance. So this is a great sport for your core health and for catching up with some of your hip friends
If an all over bodywork routine is your thing then take to the volleyball courts. It is possible to burn 480 calories in a one hour match, helping you burn fat whilst having fun. It also improves your metabolic rate and works your upper and lower body too. Great for toning arms. If you want to really work out whilst enjoying this game you can throw it squat lunges or mix up other exercises as you work your way around the court. It’s vital you wear the right kit on this high impact game so check out myvolleyballshoes.com to ensure you get the right support.
What about a game of Ultimate Frisbee? An hour of this game, which essentially involves a form of HIIT as you run in short bursts as fast as you can then rest for a moment, can shed you of 568 calories! It’s good toning for your arms and is most definitely a sport you can enjoy with children and adults. You can even play a good game with your dog; although we suspect he isn’t going to be so great at returns. Ensure you are wearing a supportive and comfy trainer and try not to make too many heroic leaps for the frisbee!
These are just a few ideas to inspire you outside of the gym however there are loads of great fun days out that involve keeping fit. You could try rowing, horse riding, climbing or skiing. Just put 100 percent effort into all your movements and free up some of your time from the gym to be with the ones you love.
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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.