6 Fun Ways to Get Fit Without Stepping on a Treadmill

Written by on May 14, 2014 in Fitness & Health, Lifestyle - 7 Comments
6 Fun Ways to Get Fit Without Stepping on a Treadmill

We all know exercise is an absolutely essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, we’re just as familiar with the benefits of exercise as we are with ways to procrastinate hitting the gym! And let’s face it: boredom is one of the main reasons we skip our “daily” (read: monthly) run or early-morning spin class. Luckily, getting fit doesn’t mean we’re confined to logging miles on a treadmill. Unconventional workouts like rock climbing or Zumba classes are more popular than ever! Here are six of our favorite ways to work out without setting foot in a traditional gym.

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Written by Kathryn Leahy

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  • Indoor Wall Climbing
    You may remember visiting these facilities for friends’ birthday parties years ago. And now, if you take rock climbing more seriously as an exercise, you’ll reap muscular and cardiovascular benefits —plus the sheer enjoyment you felt as a kid!

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  • Zumba and other dance classes
    Who says exercise has to be monotonous? Bust a move and try joining a dance or Zumba class. And fear not: you don’t need to have the slightest amount of skill or experience to join a beginner class! For added fun, bring along your significant other or best friend.

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  • Bike around town
    When the weather permits, ditch your car as often as possible and hop onto your bike! If you work close to home, set your alarm a bit earlier to allow yourself more time for the commute. If work is a bit too far, ride into town for groceries or on fun outings with friends and family. Your body, the environment and your gas bill will all thank you.

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  • Sign up for fun runs with friends
    Races like The Color Run and Color Me Rad make for a great workout and lasting memories. Sign up with a group of pals and prepare yourself for five kilometers of fun—and color! To celebrate your finish, the race is followed by entertainment, music and food. Plus, the runs are for a good cause: both give a percentage of the proceeds to local charities!

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  • Go on a hike
    Explore your local terrain by seeking out and taking on nearby trails. Pull on your hiking boots (regular athletic shoes should also do the trick for less intense endeavors), leave your phone at home and take a few hours to soak up nature and get in some solid exercise. Don’t forget to pack water and a few yummy snacks!

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  • Surfing
    Do you happen to live near the coast—or a particularly boisterous lake?If so, try finding a surf instructor (or a skilled friend with an extra surfboard!) to give you some lessons. The sport is a great cardio workout that strengthens your balance as well as your core, back, shoulders and legs.

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  • Shelby

    Now that the weather is warming up, I cannot wait to get back into hiking- I haven’t gone in years! My new favorite ways to switch up my stay-active routine have been AcroYoga (or, how I like to say, Circus Trick Yoga), Stand Up Paddleboarding (they have S.U.P. Yoga in DC, too!) and Booty Barre (to get back to my ballet roots). I highly recommend each! Acroyoga is the newest to me, and I smell an obsession coming along. Super fun to try out with a friend!

  • http://www.shoppingmycloset.com/ Shopping My Closet

    I love activities that let me bypass the physical gym! Thanks for the ideas!

    Liz @ http://www.shoppingmycloset.com

  • http://www.thesinglediaries.com/ The Single Diaries

    We have a list of fun workouts here and include a class-inspired outfit for each (including hiking!). We love Avant-Barre.com and are dying to try Soul Cycle.

    Catherine | The Single Diaries

  • http://www.moderngirlsinvintagepearls.com/ Kari

    I take barre classes. They’re like ballet, mixed with Zumba, mixed with bootcamp. Such a great full body workout, and after three weeks I noticed results! Love it. xx Kari


  • Shanita Taylor

    I think cycling is really great. It can allow one to push self even harder, versus going to the gym walking on the treadmill, especially if you get bored easily.


  • Lisa

    Zumba is awesome! Woohoo!

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