Do you find yourself dreading exercise? Coming up with a million excuses to skip the gym? Maybe it’s not that you’re unathletic, it’s that you’re not doing the right kind of exercise for you. Athleticism comes in many different forms, and it’s perfectly normal to not be a fan of all of them. Whether you’re a team player or a lone wolf, there’s bound to be at least one form of exercise that you can actually find enjoyable. Let’s find out!
If you always liked the typical gym class sports
Rediscover your youth by joining a local team of your favorite sport. Whether it’s football, basketball, baseball, or volleyball - if you loved it then, chances are you still love it now. You just haven’t gotten around to finding the right team.
If you’re a party person
Try a proper dance class! If you love hitting up the dance floor on weekends, you’ll love doing it as a workout (and it’s a great one). Plus, there are so many different types of dance to try you’ll never get bored.
If you’re a beach person
Switch your gym membership for a pool pass. Swimming is an excellent form of cardio, so if you’ve always loved hitting up the beach or the lake why not use that as a way to stay in shape?
If you’re looking for an adventure
Conventional team sports aren’t for everyone, and just doing reps at the gym can be boring. Try an alternative sport like rock climbing or parkour. No session will be the same and there are no strict set of rules - you just get to take your body to new limits with every workout.
If you want to release some pent-up energy or stress
Try boxing/kick boxing or a martial art. Sometimes it just feels really therapeutic to hit and kick something, we don’t judge! Get all your rage out of your system while getting a great workout with an exercise style that’s based on fighting.
If you want to enjoy the scenery
You don’t want to be cooped up in a small space when exercising, totally understandable! Make your workouts more visually pleasing by taking them outdoors. Go on a hike if possible. If this isn’t feasible, plan out a nice, long bike route (ideally with some hills for an extra challenge) or go jogging in a pretty area. If you’re not much of a jogger try interval running - this will get your heart racing and you get to walk half the time!
If you just want to relax
Sign up for a yoga class. You’ll increase your strength, stamina, flexibility, and you’ll also feel beautifully chill at the end of each practice. There are many different kinds of yoga you can try depending on what level of intensity you want, so do a bit of research before hitting the mat.