Going to the gym is a great way to get fit, but everyone has those days where they simply need to mix up their exercise routine. If you're always following the same workout routine, it can become boring and you probably won't see the best results. Aside from investing in equipment for the house, there are plenty of other ways in which to shake things up, here are 5 fun and alternative ways to exercise.
Not just a child's toy, using a hula hoop is a great way to get in shape. Just 10 minutes a day can help sculpt your torso, burn calories and give you a flat stomach. The great thing about hula hooping is that you can do it anywhere, at home, in the park or at a fitness class. Hey, if it's good enough for Beyonce, then it's good enough for me!
Tip: try a weighted hula hoop for a better workout and faster results.
As well as the perfect way to procrastinate – who hasn't watched endless make-up tutorials or taken a cat cuteness break?! – YouTube also offers a heap of exercise videos. There's everything from yoga and Pilates for beginners, to dance routines and mini trampoline workouts. Plus you can exercise at home and feel like you're getting a free one-on-one personal trainer session. Bravo YouTube!
Forget pole dancing, aerial fitness has taken over. A relatively new exercise craze, these classes involve performing twists and turns in silks suspended from the ceiling. As a beginner, you'll learn how to climb, try a variety of poses and focus on balance. This is a glamorous way to have fun while burning calories, toning your body and improving your strength.
Forget scaling the side of a mountain, indoor rock climbing has become a popular sport – with good reason. Just 1 hour of climbing could burn a whopping 800 calories! It's also great for toning your arms and upper body. There are centres across the UK that offer taster sessions and equipment hire, so try it and see what you think!
Summer is here, so rather than exercise inside, try an outdoor fitness boot camp. Don't worry, there won't be any scary drill sergeants shouting at you! Boot camps nowadays are friendly, welcoming and encourage team building. They also offer a range of exercises, such as running, squats, push ups and stair climbing. It may be hard at first, but endure it and your body will thank you in the long run.