Let’s face it. Not all of us are meant to be gym rats because, for some of us, a daily run on the treadmill conjures up images of rodents and wheels. Luckily, there are lots of ways outside of traditional exercise for us to work both our bodies and spirits. Whether you’d rather visit the dentist than the gym, or you’re just in a rut, these alternative cardio workouts can be just what you need to keep your fitness level on track.
6 Alternative Cardio Workouts:
Swing, baby! That’s right – find a nearby playground and revisit your childhood friend, the swings. Try to touch the sky with your feet just like you did as a kid. You’ll be surprised at how many muscles you use.
You might also like our Summer Swim Challenge.
Just dance. Dancing is a great way to combine art, fun and exercise. You can try jazz, tap, hip-hop, salsa, hula, or even belly dancing. Take a class, go to a dance club (skip the extra drinks and eats!), or simply dance around your house.
Go retro. Pick your favorite decade and remember what you did for fun. Rollerblading? Skateboarding? Hacky-sacking? Ultimate Frisbee? Go for it! Even hacky-sacking burns calories – about 250 calories per hour for someone who’s 140 pounds.
Have you tried Tabata? It’s a great way to beat workout boredom and burn calories, too!
Hula, girl. Whether it’s Hoopnotica or a cheap dollar-store hoop, hula hooping requires core muscles and balance. And, as a bonus, it’s super fun!
Looking to tone that midsection? Give our Summer Abs Challenge a try.
Be a gamer. With so many Wii and Xbox Kinect games out there, the options for a good workout at home with or without your friends are endless.
Find more fun alternatives for exercise this summer in Fitness Fun in the Sun.
Let us know about your favorite alternative cardio activity by leaving a comment below!