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10 Alternative Workouts For People Who Hate Going to the Gym

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January 27, 2016 · 1.3k Views

If you despise going to the gym, you're not alone. I'm right there with you, but I've found solace in running. However, I understand that might not be everyone's cup of tea, but here are a list of 10 alternative exercises that may ignite the workout junkie in you. I hope you can find one you'll enjoy!

1. Swimming

This is an activity you can do year-round thanks to heated, indoor pools. By requiring you to work out literally every part of your body, you're building muscle and endurance, and improving your cardiovascular fitness. Keep it up to maintain a healthy weight, heart, and lungs!

Areas targeted: core, arms, legs, glutes, back

2. Aerial Yoga

A level up from basic yoga, aerial yoga is a great total-body workout for those who want to tone and redefine muscles and strengthen joints. Its meditiative components boost your mental abilities and relax your mind, allowing you to combat stress. You can even do some neat moves once you get the hang of it!

Areas targeted: core, arms, legs

3. Hiking

Besides the obvious benefits of exposing you to the beautiful sights and scents of the outdoors, hiking is a cardio-intensive workout. It can demand you to tackle sharp inclines and clamber rocks, and it's a great mood booster if you enjoy this activity with friends.

Areas targeted: core, legs (quadriceps, hamstrings), glutes

4. Kickboxing

This high-intensity workout tones your entire body via punching and kicking the bag. Kickboxing increases your heart rate, helping you melt fat and burn calories, and it also improves your balance and coordination by requiring you to kick on one foot.

Areas targeted: core, arms, legs

5. Rock Climbing

With cardio and strength combined into a single workout, rock climbers endure a number of physical tests. You're building muscle and developing stamina with the constant effort required to pull yourself up to the next rock. Rock climbing may even require mental strength to figure out your next maneuver.

Areas targeted: core, arms, legs

6. Team Sports

Play a game of volleyball, tennis, basketball, or whatever you like with your friends every once in a while. It's a source of healthy competition that can get you more excited to participate in activities more often. Plan weekend sports with your friends, and you won't dread working out again!

Areas targeted: depends on the sport you pick!

7. Spinning (or Cycling)

A 45-minute spin class may allow you to burn about 500 calories, which is a significant amount when compared to calories burned from other workouts. You can easily adjust your bike to the intensity that suits you, so there's definitely an option for everyone when it comes to cycling. Tone your muscles and improve your cardio endurance all while you sit!

Areas targeted: legs, core

8. Dance Class

When you dance, you're burning calories as your cardiovascular system improves and muscle tone increases. It's a low-impact aerobic workout that can increase strength, flexibility, and balance. If you're not too into sports, this might be the workout for you.

Areas targeted: legs, core

9. Obstacle Runs

As I previously mentioned, running isn't for everyone. But have you tried obstacle runs? They're one of my favorite ways to work out. You run from obstacle to obstacle, obstacles that push you to the best of your abilities, and everyone is super motivating and helpful. I usually do them with friends, as an added bonus!

Areas targeted: core, arms, legs

10. Pole Dancing

An unusual workout for many, but it's usually a matter of not understanding the great benefits of pole dancing that are keeping people away. Pole dancing is a full-body workout - resistance training and cardio in one. It requires flexibility because you're basically performing acrobatic tricks, and even the simple act of climbing a pole manifests incredible strength. Don't knock it before you try it!

Areas targeted: core, arms, legs

Check out these easy, in-home workouts if you really don't want to leave your house:

Our best money saving tip when it comes to exploring new activities is to try it out with a local deal voucher from Groupon or Livingsocial. You'll not only be able to explore with ease but your wallet will thank you too!

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