When most of us think about working out, we resort to the idea of lifting weights and running on a treadmill.
The awesome thing about working out and exercising is that it isn't a one-size fit all kind of deal, which is why it's important to try out different physical activities to see what you enjoy the most.
Enjoying your workout makes it easier to sustain since you'll enjoy doing it.
For me personally, I love hiking and rock climbing. Neither ever feel like I'm working out, yet I'm getting an insane workout from it.
Below are 10 physical activities that don't involve a traditional gym, (a weight lifting and cardio gym).
1. Martial Arts
Martial Arts consists of many types of training and techniques that are beneficial to the human body for several reasons.
For one, you learn self-defense techniques that do not require any weapons.
Any kind of martial arts training is going to give you a full-body workout that will boost your coordination and balance skills.
Most cities will have at least one martial arts studio that teaches several different types of martial arts.
A few types of martial arts are:
- Brazillian Jiu Jitsu
2. Rock Climbing
Rock climbing builds both muscle and endurance.
It also boosts confidence and eases stress, especially during situations when your mind is trying to talk you out of the climb.
Often times the mind is the hardest hurdle when you try to overcome obstacles. Rock climbing is a great sport because it challenges you both physically and mentally.
Major cities will have rock climbing gyms that will train you to get comfortable around the walls.
It's harder to come by climbing or bouldering gyms in smaller cities since it is more of a niche sport.
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Yoga has been around for hundreds of years and continues to thrive for good reason.
The benefits of yoga are endless and the effects it has on the mind and body are profound.
Yoga is an amazing stress reliever and can be done almost anywhere, on any budget. Yoga With Adriene is on YouTube for free and she even has 30-day challenges for yoga beginners.
A few benefits of yoga are:
- increased flexibility
- builds muscle strength
- prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
- increases blood flow
- helps you focus
- and so much more that you can check out here
4. Pole Dancing
Pole dancing has become quite popular over the past few years.
The activity burns a ton of calories, as well as increases flexibility and endurance. A lot of core work is involved, which aids in better posture, which has a long list of benefits as well.
Most major cities have at least one pole dancing studio and welcome beginners.
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5. Walking or hiking
If you're not quite ready for some of the workouts above, walking or hiking is a great start.
Hiking, in particular, will get you out of your comfort zone and more in tune with nature.
Hiking has several major benefits, such as building a strong lower body, lowering your risk of heart disease, improving your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and more.
6. Trail Running
Trail running is a more active or experienced form of hiking. Since you're running on uneven surfaces, the run is that much harder and intense.
Trail running can transform your body and give you a full-body workout that also helps your joints and heart. You can learn more about trail running here.
Paddleboarding out on the water is not only a lot of fun and a great stress reliever, but you also get to work on improving your balance and coordination.
You'll also work on core stability and leg strength. If you want to take it a step further, some cities even offer yoga on paddleboards.
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8. Join a sports team
You don't have to be in high school or a sports team to play your favorite sport.
You can find rec leagues in your city that are looking for players.
Most of the leagues require a small upfront fee and will have practice and games throughout the month.
Playing any type of sport is a great workout and can boost your confidence and relieve stress.
Dance has the ability to improve your confidence and overall physique.
Since you have to remember certain moves and steps, it'll boost your memory, as well as reduce stress.
There is a type of dance for everyone, such as salsa, ballet, hip-hop, breakdance, and so much more.
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Swimming is one of the best full-body workouts on this list.
You're activating the major muscles in your body and improving your endurance.
Swimming also aids in keeping your heart and lungs healthy. Swimming is a great workout for any age since it's low-impact and in the water.
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There are so many ways to get your daily exercise in that doesn't involve a traditional gym.
Although I do believe incorporating weight lifting is important for a healthy body, incorporating some of the above exercises can do a great job to keep the body healthy as well.
In a nutshell:
1. Martial arts.
2. Rock climbing.
4. Pole dancing.
6. Trail running.
8. Join a sports team.
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What do you do for working out?