5 Fun Activities to Get You Moving
Confession time – I hate the gym.
It sounds a little strange for a fitness addict to say this, right? But it’s true.
I mean, honestly. Treadmills? Boring.
Biking in place? Dull.
Lifting dumbbells for no reason? Ugh.
There is a reason that so many people aren’t in shape. If you’re just doing a workout to do a workout and staring at the clock the entire 60 minutes of it, it’s unlikely that you’ll stick to it long term.
The trick is to find an activity that gets you in shape and is fun, challenging, affordable and fits into your schedule. And it sure helps if you can find a community of people who enjoy it along with you.
And here’s the amazing part –
Once you find that one activity you love, and that brings you together with a community of supportive people, getting in shape no longer becomes a chore.
It becomes a byproduct of doing that thing you love to do.
For me, the glorious part of finding my ‘one thing’ was waking up one day and realizing that this fun activity I’d been doing for months on end had gotten me stronger, more fit, healthier, and happier.
There certainly lots of great fitness classes out there that you may have already explored (e.g. yoga, Pilates, Zumba, spinning, dance, step aerobics, rock climbing, HIIT, martial arts, etc.) But if you haven’t found your niche and are still looking for that one class that will be your fitness hook, here are some ideas:
1. Trampoline fitness
*photo from Launch Trampoline Fitness
Newsflash – trampolines aren’t just for kids. There are lots of trampoline gyms out there and some offer fitness classes for adults. So you spend an hour on a trampoline, getting a crazy sweat going, working parts of your body that you haven’t felt for years. It would be hard not to have a smile on your face as you feel the lightweight rush of taking air. Not only does it demand endurance but balance, strength, and flexibility. If you haven’t looked in your area for a trampoline class, give it a shot.
2. Ninja Training
*photo from Ninja Warehouse
With the rise of American Ninja Warrior, so too has risen the ninja or obstacle course gym. The benefit here is the mental game of the obstacles mixed in the varied skill sets they train. They work grip strength, arms, legs, core, and test your fears. And just watch any America Ninja Warrior show and you’ll notice the closeness of the people who do this and the massive support they give each other. This goes a long way to making your workouts not only great for the body but empowering and wonderful for the soul as well.
3. LED Fitness
*photo from Area45 Fitness
I stumbled upon a gym offering what is called “LED fitness” this summer and have been intrigued ever since. This style of gym uses integrated LED light markings on pressure sensitive floors and walls as part of a strength and cardio conditioning routine. Not too many gyms offer this yet, but keep an eye out for one opening in your area as it may just be what you need to get you out of your workout funk.
*photo courtest of POUND FIT
Once upon a time, I dreamed of being a drummer. So the idea of rocking out to my workout with drumsticks was immediately appealing. POUND calls itself a “cardio jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums”. This workout not only gets your heart up but it helps to build muscle and improve range-of-motion through the varied choreography. Plus, with the pulsating music and drumming as a backdrop, it gets your energy up and the whole class in sync with each other for a fun group activity.
5. Aerial Fitness & Dance
*photo courtesy of me!
Of course, I’m not going to leave my personal favorite off this list. So before I start, what do I mean when I say aerial? Aerial encompasses a slew of apparatuses that you may have seen in a Cirque du Soleil or other circus show – aerial silks, Lyra (aerial hoop), static or dance trapeze, aerial sling. Local aerial studios usually have ceilings that are around 15-20 feet high and apparatuses are hung from the ceiling. Don’t worry – you start low to the ground, with crash mats and proper spotting from instructors.
But this is why I love it – it is one of few activities that demand you lift up your own body weight. For women especially, this is extremely beneficial, as women normally don’t focus on pull-ups or climbing as part of their workout routine. As a consequence of the climbing and movements in the air, it builds strength in your hands, arms, shoulder, back, core and legs. It also helps develop balance, flexibility, and three-dimensional body awareness.
Finally, not only can aerial be used to get you fit, but it can also be translated into a form of artistic expression. Aerial routines can be incorporated into theatre shows, dance pieces, or even poetry jams. So, if you haven’t done so already, give it a try!
Hey, are you in the Raleigh/Durham area? Admittedly, a few of these classes (aerial and POUND) are offered at the fitness studio I co-own. Visit us if you want to try either one. Otherwise, keep on the look-out in your area for these classes, and let me know whether any of them “stuck” for you!