Fun Ways To Get A Workout Outside The Gym

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So, you want to work out…but you don’t necessarily want to fork out the cash for a gym membership.  Have no fear!  You can  get in shape and get outside for a solid workout.  Want to learn more?  Here are 15 fun ways to get a workout outside the gym.

1. Swimming

Swimming is relatively low-impact but can be very high intensity.  Even just swimming laps burns a lot of calories if you’re  going strong.  It’s a great alternative to hitting the gym, if you’d rather be in the water.

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 2. Yoga

One of the best things about yoga is that you need only your body and a mat to do it. There are tons of online yoga workouts that demonstrate the poses, so you can try pretty much any kind of yoga without leaving the comfort of your own home.

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 3. Hiking

You can hike almost anywhere and will increase your happiness levels by getting out in nature to do it.  Hiking a mountain can still be a great  workout, as the incline will get your muscles going and bump up your heart rate.

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 4. Skiing or snowboarding

If you have access to ski resorts, why not try hitting the slopes for a workout that you’ll love.  Your legs will get a workout, especially if you fall down and have to get back up.  Go enjoy the cold by hitting the slopes.

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 5. Run an obstacle-course race

Obstacle races are becoming ever more popular because they combine fitness with fun and adventure.  Participants climb over walls, crawl through mud under barbed wire, navigate water pits, and even jump over fire. Let’s just say, it’s an exciting way to work out!

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 6. Rock climbing

Rock climbing is a full-body workout that’s gaining popularity.  Indoor walls are starting to pop-up in many metropolitan areas across the country some stores are even starting to sport indoor walls such as R.E.I sporting good stores.

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 7. Workout on the track

Running burns more calories than almost any other cardio activity, but it can be boring on a treadmill or along the same old neighborhood route. A great way to keep your running workouts exciting is heading to a nearby track. Changing up your speed challenges your body so you burn more calories—and it keeps the workout interesting.

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 8. Take a walking tour of your city

Walking is an easy way to stay in shape because it requires only a pair of supportive shoes and it’s something you can do pretty much anywhere.  A fun way to spice up your workout is by signing up for a walking tour of your city or nearby historic area. You can learn something new while fitting in a workout!

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 9. Join a team

Sometimes dragging yourself to the gym can be, well, a drag. How about signing up for an adult sports league? Sports quite literally make a game out of working out, so you’ll get your heart rate up, burn calories, and have a good time doing it.

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 10. Create your own boot camp

Boot camp-style workouts are a lot of fun. Who doesn’t love a challenge? You can create your own by doing strength and cardio exercises at home or outside at a park—all you need is a good pair of sneakers!

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 11. Kayak, canoe or row

All of these activities help you use your arms and back to move the canoe, kayak, or boat.  It’s a way to get out in the water and work some big muscle groups.

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 12. Golf

This is a low-impact workout.  Walk instead of renting a golf cart and carry your own bags to increase the amount of exercise you’re getting. workout4


 13. Tennis

Tennis courts are located in most parks and high schools.  Tennis is a great way to work out your arms and legs.  Even if you’re by yourself, trying hitting balls against a wall on your own.

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 14. Dance

Go out with friends for an evening or meet someone new at Zumba.  Choose a date night with different dance classes that are gaining popularity such as Salsa, African dance, flat-footing, or latino inspired dancing.

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 15. Stand up paddle boarding

These wide-based boards you stand on and are starting to pop-up everywhere for rentals just like your kayak/canoe rentals would go for.  Stand up paddle boarding increases stability and strengthens your core.

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