Finding an exercise that is fun for you to do might be exactly what you need to enhance your weight-loss journey. Weight loss can be a long, difficult process if you absolutely dread your workouts. When your workouts aren’t fun, you may not feel compelled or motivated to exercise in the first place, which can impede your overall progress. But when you find an exercise you love and look forward to, your excess weight will start dropping off more quickly than ever!
Are you in a major workout slump? These exercises might be exactly what you need to enhance your weight-loss journey.
Dance is a full-body cardio workout that recruits every muscle group. If you love dance, turn it into a workout by dancing to high-tempo music for at least 30 minutes per day. Also, look into joining one or more dance workout classes at your local gym, such as Zumba.
Roller skating and ice skating are aerobic activities that also help strengthen the muscles in your legs and lower body. Visit your local skating rink several times per week during free-skate sessions, and bring your friends and family along. Most rinks play fast-tempo music and host games to make the experience more fun for everyone.
Pure Barre is a total body workout that helps you burn fat and tone muscles through a series of movements performed on a ballet barre. Pure Barre is ideal for people of all fitness levels, and offers classes around the clock to accommodate different schedules. Join a Pure Barre class in your city to learn fun ballet movements that can help you reach your weight-loss goals even sooner.
Jumping on a trampoline not only burns calories, but improves your cardiovascular health and lymphatic system as well. Trampolining can be fun and exhilarating, and is prone to making everyone laugh when doing it in a large group. Purchase a sports trampoline for your home, or visit a large trampoline gym in your city with your favorite friends and family.
Water workouts are low impact but offer built-in resistance that make your lungs and muscles work harder than you suspect. When performed in the water, exercises such as dancing, jogging, and lap swimming will build muscle, burn fat, and improve your cardio fitness level. Instead of doing these exercises solo, look into joining water workout classes at your local gym or community center to make new friends.
Hiking introduces you to new trails, new sights, and new wildlife while burning fat and building muscle at the same time. Map out every hiking trail in your area and make plans to hike a new trail every day or every week. Bring friends and family to ensure you stay safe and don’t get lost, as well as your smartphone so you can track your miles and snap breathtaking photos along the way.
Virtual exercise games
Virtual, interactive video games can make you work up a sweat and burn a large number of calories. Look for exercise games on video consoles that involve movements such as boxing, squatting, and jogging in place. These games usually offer multi-player options that allow you to compete against virtual and in-person friends.
You can get a great workout at an indoor rock-climbing gym. Climbing requires you to use both upper and lower body muscle groups as you hold yourself on the wall while pushing up with your legs. Get a group of friends or family members together for a beginner climbing class, which will teach you how to safely tie into your rope and belay each other (hold the rope) from the ground.
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Medically reviewed by Jay J. Garcia, MD on July 5, 2017