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Fun Workouts That Don’t Feel Like Working Out

Fun Workouts That Don’t Feel Like Working Out

Going to the gym and pumping out rep after rep is the classic image of a good workout, but gym-goers are starting to get fed up with feeling like a hamster on a treadmill. More and more people are looking for ways to exercise that don’t feel like doing your daily chores.

Fortunately, our understanding of physical fitness is improving alongside our desire for more engaging exercise activities, If you’re looking to improve your health, but the boredom of a regular gym routine has got you down. Try incorporating these everyday exercise ideas into your life.

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Hiking

“Walking?!” Many of you might be thinking, what could I mean by endorsing that most boring of activities as a fun alternative to working out. To you I say, what you hate is walking, but hiking is different from walking. When you go walking for its own sake, you’re just plodding along until you go for however far or however long you’ve assigned yourself for this prescribed exercise activity. No wonder you’re bored.

Hiking is about taking in the world around you and any walking that you happen to do along the way is simply instrumental to the pleasure you’re getting from nature. This makes hiking a great way to exercise without feeling like you’re exercising. If you’re worried because you don’t have any hiking trails near where you live, no need to worry. You can get much the same experience in your city’s own parks. Look for things like this list of Philadelphia parks for your local area to get some ideas about where to hike.

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Swimming

It turns out that swimming is great for giving your muscles a good workout. Depending on your swimming pool exercise routine, doing your physical activities in water can either help you to ease into more difficult workouts or step your usual workout up another level with the added resistance of water all around you. Who knew that the ultimate symbol of backyard relaxation was also such an effective way to exercise?

Biking

Commuting by bicycle is something that more and more health conscious people are doing these days. It turns out that by leaving the car at home, you can get some great cardio in while doing your part to help the environment. It also helps that more and more cities are catering to their biking populations by providing safe bike lanes and innovative programs that will encourage citizens to get out on two wheels more often.

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If you’re just starting out with biking, try traveling back and forth to recreational events before you switch over to a totally car-free commute. For example, why not ride your bike to that baseball game that you’re going to see this weekend?

Rock Climbing

Nothing is more fun or provides a more complete workout than rock climbing. Pulling yourself up a sheer cliff is exhilarating, works every single muscle in your body just as well or better than the machines at the gym, and keeps your mind sharp by honing your problem solving skills. It’s the perfect solution for weary gym-goers who are tired of feeling like a hamster on a treadmill.

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If horror stories about the cost of climbing have you worried, fear not. Indoor bouldering (climbing on walls less than 15 or 20 feet tall) has taken off lately and is incredibly safe with large foam mats placed beneath climbers. Unlike traditional climbing, bouldering does not require a wallet-busting collection of gear. All you need is a pair of beginners climbing shoes and a gym membership to get started. That said, if you do decide to go the full gear route and tackle iconic climbs like Half Dome in Yosemite, take a tip from me and find yourself some kind of storage locker to keep your gear organized. There’s nothing more agonizing than spending $100 on a set of nice quickdraws only to have them disappear in a mess of equipment.

Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

All the great workouts in the world won’t help you if you get back from your hike, ride or climb and immediately open up a bag of Cheetos and a bottle of Mountain Dew. With new research showing that weight loss is as much a result of good exercise as it is maintaining a healthy microbiome, there’s more reason than ever to eat well on top of your fitness routine.

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Published on May 15, 2020

12 Best At Home Workouts (No Equipment Needed)

12 Best At Home Workouts (No Equipment Needed)

Coronavirus has ruined gym plans.

With most training facilities looking like they’re going to be closed until potentially the end of the year, the only solution to maintaining your health and fitness rests on home workouts.

The good news is that it’s possible to train from home without any equipment and get fantastic results. As long as you’re pushing the body hard enough, you’re going to be fine.

The bad news? You probably don’t know where to start.

There are a plethora of different training regiments out there and it’s difficult to know which one is best for you.

Don’t worry.

This article will cover the 12 best at-home workouts that you can use for strength, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), and mobility.

There will be an exact breakdown of all the exercises, sets, reps, rest periods, and instructions required to stay fit, healthy, and happy while on lockdown.

The following sessions are broken down into beginner, intermediate, and advanced workouts so they can accommodate any experience level.

A thorough warm-up is also included to ensure that you don’t get injured. Please check each workout before you perform it to make sure that the exercises and movements don’t cause you any pain from previous or pre-existing injuries.

Read on to find the 12 best at-home workouts you can use to upgrade your strength, burn some calories, and improve your flexibility whilst training at home.

Warm-Up

Complete the warm-ups below for 5-6 minutes before each workout.

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Complete each exercise for a total of 15 seconds at a slow to moderate pace.

Repeat for 3-4 rounds

These will help lubricate your joints, slowly elevate your heart rate and get your body ready for exercise.

  • Exercise 1: Squats
  • Exercise 2: Lunge & Knee
  • Exercise 3: Leg Swings
  • Exercise 4: Star Jumps
  • Exercise 5: Press Ups
  • Exercise 6: Squat Thrusts

Dynamic Stretches

Complete the relevant dynamic stretches after your warm-up.

For strength workouts, complete the stretches relevant to the session you’re about to partake in (e.g. upper body stretches before an upper-body workout).

For HIIT workouts, complete both the lower body and upper body dynamic stretches.

For the mobility workouts, you don’t need to do these.

Aim to do 15-20 reps on each side for 1 round.

Upper Body Dynamic Stretches:

  • Exercise 1: Arm Swings
  • Exercise 2: Arm Circles
  • Exercise 3: Shoulder External Rotations
  • Exercise 4: Torso Twists

Lower Body Dynamic Stretches:

  • Exercise 1: Step Throughs
  • Exercise 2: Lying Side Leg Swings
  • Exercise 3: Quadruped Kickbacks/Hip Circles
  • Exercise 4: Leg Swings (Front & Side)

Strength Workouts

    1. Upper-Body Strength Workout (Beginner)

    Complete all exercises with 30-60 seconds rest between sets.

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    • Exercise 1: Push-Ups – 2 sets, 5-10 reps
    • Exercise 2: Bent-Over Row (Use two water bottles) – 2 sets, 8-10 reps
    • Exercise 3: Shoulder Press (Use two water bottles) – 2 sets, 8-10 reps
    • Exercise 4: Floor Chest Press (Use two water bottles) – 2 sets, 8-10 reps
    • Exercise 5: Lateral Raises (Use two water bottles) – 2 sets, 8-10 reps
    • Exercise 6: Bicep Curls (Use two water bottles) – 2 sets, 12-15 reps
    • Exercise 7: Tricep Dips (Use sofa) – 2 sets, 12-15 reps

    2. Abs Strength Workout (Beginner)

    Complete all exercises with 30 seconds rest between sets.

    Use a yoga mat if you have one.

    • Exercise 1: Air Bike – 2 sets, 8-10 reps
    • Exercise 2: Crunches – 2 sets, 8-10 reps
    • Exercise 3: Russian Twists – 2 sets, 8-10 reps
    • Exercise 4: Butt Ups – 2 sets, 8-10 reps
    • Exercise 5: Plank Shoulder Taps – 2 sets, 8-10 reps
    • Exercise 6: Flutter Kicks – 2 sets, 8-10 reps (each leg)

    3. Leg Strength Workout (Beginner)

    Complete all exercises with 30-60 seconds rest between sets.

    • Exercise 1: Squat Kicks – 2 sets, 8-10 reps
    • Exercise 2: Forward Standing Lunges – 2 sets, 8-10 reps
    • Exercise 3: Bulgarian Split Squat (Use sofa) – 2 sets, 8-10 reps
    • Exercise 4: Hip Thrusts (Use sofa) – 2 sets, 8-10 reps
    • Exercise 5: Romanian Deadlift (Use two water bottles) – 2 sets, 8-10 reps
    • Exercise 6: Standing Calf Raises – 2 sets, 12-15 reps

    4. Upper-Body Strength Workout (Advanced)

    Complete all exercises with 30-60 seconds rest between sets.

    With advanced workouts, you have to push yourself close to failure or until absolute failure.

    This will dictate how many reps to do.

    • Exercise 1: Vertical Wall Push-Ups – 3-4 sets, 1 rep before failure
    • Exercise 2: Pike Push-Ups – 3-4 sets, 1 rep before failure
    • Exercise 3: Towel Row – 3-4 sets, 1 rep before failure
    • Exercise 4: Plyometric Push-Ups – 3-4 sets, 1 rep before failure
    • Exercise 5: Tricep Extensions (From plank position) – 3-4 sets, 1 rep before failure
    • Exercise 6: Bicep Hammer Curls (Use two heavy water bottles) – 3-4 sets, until failure
    • Exercise 7: Tricep Kickbacks (Use two heavy water bottles) – 3-4 sets, until failure

    5. Abs Strength Workout (Advanced)

    Complete all exercises with 30-60 seconds rest between sets.

    With advanced workouts, you have to push yourself close to failure or until absolute failure.

    This will dictate how many reps to do.

    • Exercise 1: Jack Knife Sit Ups – 3-4 sets, 1 rep before failure
    • Exercise 2: Lying Leg Raises – 3-4 sets, 1 rep before failure
    • Exercise 3: Plank Hand-To-Toe Touches – 3-4 sets, 1 rep before failure
    • Exercise 4: Cocoon Crunches – 3-4 sets, 1 rep before failure
    • Exercise 5: Plank Elbow-To-Knee- 3-4 sets, 1 rep before failure
    • Exercise 6: Side Plank Reach Through – 3-4 sets, until failure

    6. Legs Strength Workout (Advanced)

    Complete all exercises with 30-60 seconds rest between sets.

    With advanced workouts, you have to push yourself close to failure or until absolute failure.

    This will dictate how many reps to do.

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    • Exercise 1: Pistol Squat – 3-4 sets, 1 rep before failure
    • Exercise 2: Bulgarian Jump Squat (use sofa) – 3-4 sets, 1 rep before failure
    • Exercise 3: Jumping Lunges – 3-4 sets, 1 rep before failure
    • Exercise 4: Single-Leg Romanian Deadlift (Hold two heavy water bottles) – 3-4 sets, 1 rep before failure
    • Exercise 5: Single-Leg Hip Thursts (Hold one heavy water bottles) – 3-4 sets, 1 rep before failure
    • Exercise 6: Single-Leg Calf Raises (Hold two heavy water bottles) – 3-4 sets, until failure

    High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Workouts

      7. HIIT Workout (Beginner)

      Complete all exercises for 30 seconds of work with 30 seconds of rest.

      4 rounds total

      • Exercise 1: Squat
      • Exercise 2: Toe Touches
      • Exercise 3: Walk-Outs
      • Exercise 4: Heel Flicks
      • Exercise 5: Plank
      • Exercise 6: Jumping Jacks
      • Exercise 7: Mountain Climbers

      8. HIIT Workout (Intermediate)

      Complete all exercises for 35 seconds of work with 25 seconds of rest.

      5-6 rounds total

      • Exercise 1: Squat Kicks
      • Exercise 2: Burpees
      • Exercise 3: Push-Ups
      • Exercise 4: High Knees
      • Exercise 5: Plank Ups
      • Exercise 6: Star-Jumps
      • Exercise 7: Cross-Body Mountain Climbers

      9. HIIT Workout (Advanced)

      Complete all exercises for 45 seconds of work with 15 seconds of rest.

      7-8 rounds total

      • Exercise 1: Jump Squats
      • Exercise 2: Burpee Hand-Offs
      • Exercise 3: Lateral Shoot Throughs
      • Exercise 4: Tuck Jumps
      • Exercise 5: Plank Toe Touches
      • Exercise 6: Spiderman Push-Ups
      • Exercise 7: Sprawls

      Mobility Workouts

        10. Upper Body Mobility Workout

        Hold each exercise for 15-20 seconds total.

        2-3 sets total

        Slowly increase the range of each stretch until you feel tension, then hold before slowly releasing it.

        This workout will help improve flexibility in your upper body.

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        • Exercise 1: Cat-Cow
        • Exercise 2: Upward Dog
        • Exercise 3: Chest Release
        • Exercise 4: Child’s Pose
        • Exercise 5: Reach Through (15-20 seconds each side)
        • Exercise 6: Table Twists

        11. Lower Body Mobility Workout

        Hold each exercise for 15-20 seconds total.

        2-3 sets total

        Slowly increase the range of each stretch until you feel tension, then hold before slowly releasing it.

        This workout will help improve flexibility in your upper lower body.

        • Exercise 1: Scorpion Kicks (15-20 seconds each side)
        • Exercise 2: Seated Glute Stretch (15-20 seconds each side)
        • Exercise 3: Lying Quad Stretch (15-20 seconds each side)
        • Exercise 4: Lumbar Stretch (15-20 seconds each side)
        • Exercise 5: Standing Hamstring Stretch
        • Exercise 6: Seated Hip Flexor Stretch (15-20 seconds each side)

        12. Spinal Mobility Workout

        Complete each exercise for 10 reps total.

        2-3 rounds

        This workout will help improve your posture, alleviate lower back pain, and increase your flexibility.

        It’s highly recommended if you’re an office worker that spends most of the day sitting.

        • Exercise 1: Prone Extension
        • Exercise 2: Wag Tail
        • Exercise 3: Quadruped Side Bend
        • Exercise 4: Half Pancake
        • Exercise 5: A-frame To Squat
        • Exercise 6: Side-Lying Rotations

        Final Thoughts

        These are the 12 best at-home workouts that you can use to level up your body, torch some calories, and enhance your flexibility while at home.

        Give these a go, and you’ll be well on your way feeling fitter, healthier, and more productive after lockdown is over!

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        Featured photo credit: Scott Broome via unsplash.com

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