11 Fun Workouts To Do With Your Friends – No Gym Membership Needed!
Do you currently go to the gym, or yoga, or maybe you run? How about playing basketball, swimming or tennis? I was recently talking to a friend about her fitness and she told me she was bored with what she had been doing for the past few years, which was really de-motivating her to be active! Of course, I asked her why she hadn’t tried something new and was surprised when she said that she hasn’t been able to think of anything different that excited her. We sat down and discussed some options that she hadn’t thought of, some she hadn’t even heard of, and it was a great reminder to think outside the box and try something new once in a while!
If you have found yourself feeling a little bored with your current fitness activities, check out the list below to see if something sparks your interest!
1. Aerial aerobics
Although not as easy as you may think, aerial aerobics is a whole lot of fun. It is a form of acrobatics or dance, completed while suspended in the air using fabric. Aerial yoga can also be done with silks!
Stand up paddle boarding provides a fab leg workout and is a great way to explore beaches and lakes. By using a long board, a paddle and your balance, you should be able to stay dry while on the water!
3. Pole dancing
Do not underestimate how much of a workout pole dancing can be! It requires a lot of strength but is also a lot of fun. Grab some friends and try it out. Beware: you will get bruises!
4. Hot pilates
Just like hot yoga, hot pilates takes place in a heated studio, loosening up the muscles quickly and making you sweat! A great workout for those focusing on their core strength.
Crossfit often has a certain ‘image’ associated with it, but let me tell you that crossfit is for everyone! Age, gender and ability are irrelevant – each workout can be tailored to the individual. Not only will you get fitter stronger and more flexible, but you will make great new friends!
6. Belly dancing
If you like to shake your booty (amongst other things!) you should give belly dancing a shot. Said to be the oldest form of dance, it is great all over, feminine, workout.
Do you remember jumping on your trampoline until you couldn’t breathe any more as a child? What a great work out! You can invest a small amount of money to buy your own trampoline, or head to a local ‘jump park’ for some serious trampolining fun.
NIA stands for non-impact aerobics and is a mixture of healing, dance, and martial arts designed to encourage body awareness while incorporating body/mind science and ancient wisdom. A very feminine and spiritual practice!
Grab a friend and a board and head to your local indoor or outdoor skate park. You will be working up a sweat in no time! Don’t forget your knee pads and elbow pads because if you haven’t skated since you were a kid, chances are you might cuddle the concrete more than once!
10. Aqua Spin
There is trend emerging with fitness equipment being used underwater. Aqua spin is just what it sounds like – spin class in a pool! Designed to increase resistance but decrease impact to your joints, if you have this offered locally, be sure to give it a try!
11. Obstacle courses
Although you probably can’t participate in obstacle runs weekly, they are a whole lot of fun, and hard work! With various distances and difficulties there is an obstacle race to suit everyone. Check out Mud Run Guide for an event near you.
We are very lucky to have so many fitness and movement options available to us, and have no reason to get bored with exercise. Have you tried any of these options? Maybe you are an avid crossfitter, playful pole dancer or obstacle run addict? Tell us but your favourite way to move below!