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Not everyone works out in the same manner in order to get fit. Going to the gym, lifting weights, and running on the treadmill may work for most of us, but others might not like the going along with the flow, trend, or whatever you’d like to call it. Committing to working out can be tough, especially when you find an exercise routine too boring, so finding alternative ways of raising fitness and health levels through things you enjoy is a smart move.
There are various ways to get fit through activities that are essentially hard, but fun, full body workouts.
Sometimes you wish to skip the push-ups, pull-ups, and rows, but still want an upper body workout. One of the most exciting, adrenaline-pumping sports you can do for both cardio and strength is indoor rock climbing. It is advised to perform it at least two days a week, and have a goal each time, like climbing tougher grades or more routes. The cardio will definitely pay off outside. Be sure to find a good mentor, someone who’s been climbing for a long time, so there’s someone that you can pick up good habits from. Practice essential skills such as belaying, tying into a rope and checking other people’s knots. During the winter, you can take up classes for learners, and even start climbing some big rocks when the spring comes.
The favorite winter sport of many, snowboarding has numerous fitness and health benefits that you may even not be aware of. This sport requires you to change pace and directions suddenly and frequently, thus significantly improving your flexibility. Snowboarding is a wonderful cardio workout due to its aerobic properties, it increases your endurance, strengthens your core, and improves coordination and balance. One of its major benefits is that it works every major muscle group in your body, and to ride a snowboard you will use your hamstrings, quads, and calves. It even works the muscles of your shoulders and arms. Snowboarding is a great winter sport that you can practice with your friends, the endorphin release will put you in a good mood, decrease anxiety and stress, building your mental health as well.
After attending a mind-opening class in martial arts in Sydney, I realized how martial arts philosophy and training is a universal way for achieving a healthy mind-body balance. There are different types of martial arts, such as karate, tae kwon do, judo, kung fu, and many others that have been derived from these traditional martial arts styles. They have a number of fitness and health benefits, such as strengthening and toning your upper and lower body and muscles and promoting cardiovascular health. Martial arts are a great way to improve coordination skills through increased agility and flexibility, improve posture, overall endurance, and stamina, as well as to lose weight.
So, if you often find yourself bored in the gym, take an alternative route. Roller skating, gymnastics, basketball, trampoline, tennis, dancing, kayaking, and even playing tag (of the laser kind) will add up to your overall fitness state. Embrace your inner child and just try something you’ve never tried before. Fun is almost guaranteed.