Performing the same workouts week-after-week in your effort to get fit can get boring after a while. After doing the same thing over and over, you don’t even need to think about how to do it anymore. But, exercising doesn’t have to be boring; you just need to think outside the box. Here are four non-traditional exercise activities that will not only challenge you physically, but also mentally:
1) Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is a great total body workout. It works your legs, arms, shoulders, back, abdominal core and even your hands as it requires a lot of grip strength. Plan on your forearms being sore 2 to 3 days after your first climb. If there isn’t an outdoor climbing venue close to you, there is more than likely an indoor climbing wall at a gym near you. If you are looking for something different, give it a try; it might be just the spice you are looking for in your fitness program. An hour of rock climbing (going up) burns almost 600 calories for a 120-pound person; rappelling down about 435 calories.
With so many different types of dancing, you’ll never get bored if that was all you ever did for exercise. From ballroom, to Zumba, to pole dancing, there is a type of dance for everyone. Dancing tones your whole body along with improving your cardiovascular system. You are burning calories, toning muscles, strengthening your heart all without realizing it because it is so much fun. On average, a 120-pound person burns about 245 calories an hour dancing.
3) Mountain Biking
If you are looking for a HIIT type training program for your lower body, along with mind-stimulating adventure, mountain biking can fill the bill. The leg-pumping exertion required to climb hills is followed by the adrenaline rush of speeding downhill while negotiating over and around boulders, across logs and over narrow spaces without falling off your bike or getting thrown off. That same 120-pound person would burn about 465 calories per hour mountain biking.
This is a great sport to stimulate both your mind and body. Mentally, your mind has to work to make sure you are being careful as you negotiate varied terrain. The change in landscape from your usual urban terrain also stimulates your mind. And that same landscape changes again depending on the season you decide to hike – winter verses summer.
From a physical standpoint, hiking not only works the lower body muscle groups, but also your cardiovascular system and lungs. Add a pair of hiking poles and you can also work your upper body, especially your arms and shoulders.
As far as calories burned, a 120-pound person burns about 326 per hour; strap on a back pack and increase that calorie burn to 381 per hour.
Non-traditional forms of exercise can give you a needed break from doing the same old thing. Try one (or all) of the ones mentioned in this article and add some new life into your fitness program.