I’m a lover of staying fit, which is why I’m always trying to find new places and alternative activities for staying fit to engage in. If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s finding the good ones. Activities which balance out enjoyment, calorie burn, the effort involved, and, of course, uniqueness.
Whilst not all of the items on this list are solely unique, they are ways of keeping in shape which you might not have thought about – except possibly as part of a holiday.
Sailing buns 115 calories an hour. That’s not as much as some of the other activities on this list (I’m looking at you, climbing) but it’s still a respectable number. Plus, dinghy sailing is incredibly fun! It’s just you, your boat, and the water. You seamlessly glide across it as though you were some kind of spirit. That’s probably why so many boats have the name spirit in them.
Dinghy sailing is primarily good for your upper body. You’ll spend a lot of time trying to make sure that the sail is in the right place and that you’re not disappearing into the wind. Which makes for one of the biggest problems when it comes to piloting a sailboat: wind. Or rather, the lack thereof. If you happen to be going out in a day where there’s not a breeze in sight, you can end up floating aimlessly.
On days like this, maybe it’s a good idea to take this up a notch and head out white water rafting instead. This will burn 230 calories an hour, it’s a lot of fun, and there are a lot of places to do it.
Climbing is a pretty awesome activity and is increasingly becoming a part of the mainstream. More and more places have started to spring up offering climbing to working professionals and newbies. In Tokyo, Japan, they even have a place where you can get climbing up mirror and window frames. Just don’t let you, or you’ll fall!
Climbing will net you a calorie burn of 500 to 900 per hour. That’s a lot of calories. Of course, it’s not the easiest of sports and you might be put off by what you think is something too difficult and dangerous. Well, I’m here to tell you that you have no need to worry about any of that. Get started on some beginner indoor climbing courses, then gradually work your way up. By the time you’re climbing serious mountain passages, you’ll be more than ready.
Did you know that a half hour of dancing will burn over 270 calories? Well, you do now, and if that’s not motivated you to get out there and kick on your boogie shoes, hopefully this scene performed by the great John Travolta will.
But in all seriousness, dancing is a great way to relax, get your endorphins pumping, and tone up! It’s not just about staying fit physically. If you’re a bit embarrassed you don’t have to join a group. Try giving it a go by yourself in front of the mirror. Then, once you’ve plucked up enough courage, kick on your dancing shoes and go out there and share our grooves with the world.
The most important muscles for you to keep an eye on whilst dancing are in your core. Keep your abs engaged, your glutes tightened, and your balance upright. Then, all you need to do is get moving in any which way that the song makes you feel like. For more inspiration, check out this awesome dance video which managed to draw over 100 million views in the past year. Just imagine, that could be you.
Ok, chances are that you have considered this as a way of keeping fit, but have you considered it as your primary means of getting fit? Swimming is perfect for anyone looking to get in shape because it doesn’t’ just work out one or two muscle groups, it works out all of them. 30 minutes of swimming will burn over 200 calories, and help your muscles to tone up. Moreover, you don’t actually have to be physically swimming in order to burn most of those calories. Just by virtue of being in the water, you’ll burn calories and tone up.
One of the reasons why swimming is seen as such a good sport for getting fit is that it’s incredibly safe. Compared to other activities you can do – especially running – getting injured whilst swimming is rare. When compared to air, water is 12 times denser, that constant resistance you get is what makes swimming so great for getting fit and burning those calories.
If you’re not into swimming lane, there are a lot of alternatives out there located in a swimming pool. How about trying some water yoga, or simple water aerobics? Both of them are easier than doing it on dry land due to the water helping support you. Swimming pool, here I come!
Just like Runmageddon: Europe’s most challenging obstacle course.
This isn’t the only one out there though, there is a load of places you can head to get your obstacle course fix. Depending on the type of obstacle course you get involved with, you can burn up to and exceeding 3000 calories. This isn’t something you would probably want to do every day, but it can be a monthly or bi-weekly thing.
Keep Searching, Keep Exercising
Exercise comes in all shapes and forms, just look at the international stair climbing competition. Keep your eyes peeled for new and alternative activities for staying fit which you haven’t considered, this list is far from complete.
If you’re looking for something easy which you can do whilst you’re on the road, check out how to stay fit as a traveler. Of course, you don’t have to be on the road, you can also do this from the comfort of your home, or even a hotel balcony (my favorite).