Does the thought of going to the gym fill you with trepidation? Do you worry about exercising around others? Are you keen to try something different? If so, you’ve come to the right place. There’s an assumption that you have to hit the gym hard to get fit. But this isn’t true. Running on a treadmill and lifting weights is not the only way to get in shape. There are myriad activities out there you can try. The gym isn’t for everyone, so don’t worry if you’re not a massive fan. It’s all about finding something you enjoy. If you love exercising, you’re much more likely to work out frequently. Here are some tips to finding the right exercise if you’re not a gym bunny.
Dancing is fun, and it gives your body a great workout. When you dance, you use all your major muscle groups, and your heart rate will increase rapidly. This is also a sociable activity, and a chance to learn new skills. There are so many different options out there, and you’re bound to find a form of dance you love. Take your partner to ballroom lessons or some friends to street dance. Let your hair down at a Zumba class or embrace the elegance of ballet dancing. Don’t worry if you’re not an experienced dancer. You should find plenty of options for beginners if you search online.
If you’re self-conscious, the gym is probably not the best place to be. You can’t help but look in the mirrors, and it’s human nature to compare yourself to others. If you’d rather work out alone, exercising at home is an excellent idea. You could buy gym equipment and set up your gym. Or you could follow DVD or online workouts. All you need is a mat, some suitable clothing, and a pair of trainers.
Yoga and Pilates
Yoga and Pilates are popular options for those looking to tone up and enjoy a relaxing exercise session. Both these activities focus on breathing, as well as movement. They are proven to increase flexibility, and they can also help to combat stress. If you’re a beginner, you’ll soon pick up the skills you need by going to Pilates or yoga classes. Once you’ve been to a few lessons, and you’ve mastered some basic stretches, you can practice at home, in the park or at the beach. The beauty of these forms of exercise is their versatility.
Do you like hanging out with others? Are you competitive? Did you love team sports at school? If so, why not look into joining a local club? Exercising with others is usually more fun, and you can gain a lot by being part of a team. You’ll make new friends, and you could enjoy more social opportunities. You’ll also reap the physiological rewards of training and take part in matches and competitions.
Do you struggle to get motivated? Do you find it hard to push yourself? Bootcamp is a relatively new trend, which has taken off. Military-style exercises are hard work. But you’ll get fit fast, and you’ll learn a lot about your mental strength.
What’re Your Thoughts?
If you’re not a fan of the gym, don’t worry. Hopefully, these suggestions have given you some inspiration.
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.