One of my New Years Resolutions is to lose weight and be healthier and this is something I’m determined to do. It’s something I have struggled with as I’m not a huge fan of the gym and struggle to find alternative ways to exercise that are enjoyable. If you’re struggling for ideas on ways you can get fit without hitting the gym then take a look at the 5 fun alternative to the gym below.
The great thing about the suggestions below is the fact they can be done with friends or children as they are fun for all ages.
Go for a swim
Swimming is a great way to keep fit, especially if you have an injury. It helps strengthen and tone muscles It’s something you can do all year round and if you’re able to go during off peak times it’s usually reasonably priced too. Swimming is something you can do alone or as a family so everyone can have fun.
A leisurely 60 minute swim can burn around 440 calories.
I loved roller skating as a child and I still enjoy it as an adult. We’re quite lucky as we have regular roller discos at our local hall. If you fancy giving roller skating a go but don’t have any roller skates don’t fret, you can usually hire skates at the venue. If you plan on it becoming a regular thing then investing in your own pair is definitely a good idea, you can pick up roller skates and fun roller derby clothing online or in sport shops. Roller skating is great if you have children as it’s fun for all ages.
Roller skating can burn around 500 calories per 60 minutes.
Horseback riding is great fun and you can burn a surprising amount of calories. If you’ve never ridden before you can try a beginners lesson, try your hand at jumping if you’re a bit more advanced or if you’re used to horses you could head out on a hack to explore. The only down side to horse riding is the expense, it can cost £40+ for an hour which isn’t cheap.
Horseback riding for an hour can burn around 300 calories.
My personal favourite is ice skating, I have always loved ice skating and it’s not only a lot of fun but a great workout as it works the upper and lower body. Like with roller skating you can take your own skates or hire them when you are there, it varies in price depending on when you go.
Ice skating can burn around 500 calories per 60 minutes.
If you have a bike that’s just gathering dust in the shed get it out and go on a bike ride. We are fast approaching the better weather and there’s no better time to enjoy the crisp fresh air and beautiful scenery. What’s more it’s free and you could even save money by biking to work rather than driving.
60 minutes of moderate bike riding can burn around 600 calories.