Losing weight does not have to be a nightmare. A good diet plan should be a lifestyle goal. And once you get started, it gets much easier quickly.
An other important factor of losing weight is exercising. The first step is towards getting fit is to plan a fitness routine you can actually keep. Exercising CAN mean going to the gym 6 days a week. But it COULD also mean doing fun activities that you would enjoy with or without losing weight.
There are plenty of ways you can exercise without even realising. Here are my top 20:
Learn a sport
Practicing a sport will let you burn calories fast. You also get a new hobby and you get to learn a new skill. Any sport will do as long as it gets you moving. It could be tennis, basketball, baseball etc.etc.
Practice martial arts
Martial arts are a great way to exercise. Martial arts can get you in shape while you learn how to defend yourself. There are many types of martial arts, each with its own weight loss advantages.
Learning self-defense is never a bad idea. You can take a normal self-defense course, if martial arts are not your thing. Courses like these, still burn a ton of calories.
Jump on a trampoline
Did you know that jumping on a trampoline actually helps you lose weight? It does. You burn calories when you jump on a trampoline and so it helps you lose weight. You can easily buy a trampoline from Amazon and get jumping ;]
Learn a new dancing style or learn some dancing routines. Dancing is a well-rounded exercising technique that will get you sweating! It is also great for stress relief.
Zumba is an areobic workout with dance moves mixed in. It is relatively new exercising method but zumba is a great way to burn calories. It will also make you love exercising. You can take classes or you can watch zumba videos on the internet.
Group fitness classes can be found in any country and are frequented by many. Not only will fitness classes get you in shape, but they also offer several other advantages such as motivation and a chance to make friends.
Most of us enjoy swimming. It is also great as a full body workout. An other advantage of swimming is that you always feel lighter in the water than on the ground so exercising is easier. There is also a number of different workouts you may want to try. Variety is key in exercising, you don’t want to get bored.
Hiking is also a great way to burn calories. Plus you get to see all the beautiful scenery and take a breath of fresh air.
Walk by the ocean
Take a brisk walk (or a long slow one), near a beach or in the countryside. It burns your fat and is an instant mood lifter.
Ever wanted to try rock climbing? Well, it is a very exciting sport and it also burns a ton of calories. About 500 to 900 calories in an hour. Learn more about 3 climbing methods you can try.
Parkour is for adventurous and free-spirited people. If you’re that type of person, you should definitely check it out. It is a fantastic calorie burning and toning exercise. It burns 700 to 1000 calories per hour easily. This sport is getting more and more popular and it is surely worth considering.
Cycling has always been a basic exercising method. But as they say, basic is essential. Start going for bike rides in the countryside and both your body and mind will thank you.
Everyone knows yoga helps you stretch, relax and find inner peace. But it also burns calories. Specific yoga positions burn more than others. So you might want to add them to your yoga routine.
Use outside gyms
In recent years, more and more outside gyms have been popping up. These are a good way to exercise in open air, maybe while your children are playing in the playground. If you don’t have an outside gym close by, you can also use the playground to exercise!
Play with children
Spend some quality time with your children and exercise at the same time. Play an outside game, it is both beneficial for you and for them. Getting moving is the key to a fit life.
Do a fitness challenge with friends
Fitness challenges are a great way to motivate yourself to exercise. Even more so, when you’re doing it with your friends. Getting a little competitive is recommended ( a little!). You can push each other to burn more and more calories.
Play video games
Interactive video games are an awesome method to exercise while having fun. This way you can practice a sport in the comfort of your house while playing. You just need Wii or Xbox games and you can start exercising.
Going from shop to shop to shop actually helps you lose weight. Walking is walking and lifting bags is lifting. You burn a number of calories this way and you don’t even realise. So next time you go shopping, keep walking, eat healthy and you’ll be on your way to lose some weight!
If you keep your cravings in check while traveling, you can actually lose weight. You walk waaay more than normally when you’re abroad and your appetite tends to decrease. So while traveling, keep it healthy and you could come back home slimmer than you were.
These are 20 ways you can lose weight while having fun. If you don’t particularly like exercising, the above can be your answer to the fitness part of weight loss.
Bonus tip: If you would like to have an approximation of how many calories you burned, you can use an online calculator such as Healthstatus.
Do you have any other fun exercises that help you lose weight? Or have you tried the above? Share with us in the comments!