If you are looking to join the thousands of other people getting into the fitness frenzy in 2017, you may want to consider other ways to get fit that do not involve going to the gym.
We need to find creative and exciting new ways to stay fit.
Fortunately, I’ve discovered 3 unique hobbies that you could commit to trying in the new year that are not only fun and invigorating but will actually make you break a sweat.
1. Mountain Climbing
I know what you are thinking – way too extreme.
While there are famous mountains that are as high as 19,000 feet, beginners can start small and work their way up.
Believe it or not, getting into mountain climbing isn’t too hard and the learning curve can be shortened if you follow a few basic tips.
First, you need to make sure that you have the proper mountain climbing gear. Any list of good climbing gear starts with a reliable helmet as falling debris and rocks are a constant danger.
Next, be sure to buy a good set of climbing shoes. As the primary contact between you and the mountain, your shoes are critical.
You should tailor your shoes to the type of terrain you are climbing. Some mountains require more flexible shoes with a good grip. Other peaks require shoes with attached spikes. Also, to prevent your feet from overheating and being damaged by your sweat, you should choose shoes which are breathable. This will help keep your feet warm and dry.
Furthermore, your climbing gear must include a comfortable and flexible harness. The harness will provide a point for attaching belay and safety lines. It’s important that you choose a harness that fits your body type correctly. A poorly fit harness can create damaging pressure on the underlying skin leading to blisters and other problems. Additionally, if the harness is not properly attached, it can create a safety issue and lead to accidents.
Finally, your backpack will serve as the centerpiece of your mountain climbing gear. It’s important to choose the right bag as there are many types. Some factors which might influence your decision are: how long you plan to be on the mountain, what gear you will be carrying, and how much weight you can safely carry. You should look for backpacks which have multiple storage pouches. These pouches provide easy access to frequently used items. You also want to be able to separate things to keep items safe and dry.
Wherever you choose to climb, having the right climbing gear will help keep you safe and add to the enjoyment of your experience. Choose wisely and make your time on the mountain as pleasant as possible.
2. Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Never heard of stand up paddle boarding?
It’s actually the fastest growing sport in the world with over 2.8 million Americans who participated in 2014. Not only is SUP or Stand Up Paddle Boarding a rapidly growing hobby but it is also a fantastic way to get your exercise.
The only equipment that you need is a board, a paddle, and a personal flotation device to get out on the water – all of these can be found at your local Paddle Board Retailers.
The central question that you will face is whether to go to the lake, river or ocean.
Lakes are ideal for people that are new to Stand Up Paddle Boarding or just want to check out the wildlife. It is peaceful, calm and by far the most laid back environment of the three.
You can go to the shallow spots near the shore or dock to get the hang of climbing on your board. You will fall off a lot in the beginning, so it is nice to have a quiet place and still water to get the hang of it. Once you are up on your board, you will be amazed at the distance that you can cover during Stand Up Paddle Boarding.
Another beautiful thing about SUP is that you make almost no noise, so you can quietly approach wildlife and enjoy absolutely beautiful and scenic pictures!
Stand Up Paddle Boarding in a river ups the ante a bit which is where you really get a workout because you will have to hold your own against the current at all times. You will also have to be aware of potential obstacles such as rocks, sticks, and rapids and maneuver safely around them. When paddle boarding in the river, you will definitely want to wear a safety helmet to protect your head.
The ocean is like an advanced course for SUP. That is one of the reasons that Destin Paddle Boarding is a popular destination for anyone that loves Paddle Sports. You are always challenged while boarding in the ocean. You have to be aware of boats and larger ships as well as surfers and swimmers.
The hardest part of paddle boarding in the ocean is, of course, the waves, but you can get into great shape fighting through the waters and have fun doing it. With a little practice, you will be up and paddling in no time.
Don’t forget the sunscreen because you will have so much fun that you may forget about potential sunburn until it is too late!
This final activity is one of my favorites because it is so fun, you barely realize how much running you do until it’s over and your body is tired and aching.
Paintball is a game of concentration, thrill, and skill.
The object of the game is simple: you are essentially shooting paintballs with compressed air guns at correct angles to strike the other players present on the ground.
The result is a messy experience with many laughs, achy sores and hundreds of burned calories.
If you are paintballing for the first time it is recommended that you layer up on clothing and drink plenty of water.
You are essentially running away from your opponents for the entire duration of the activity so a healthy level of hydration is going to be very important.
By the time you are done, you will be exhausted but the amusement of the experience will make it worthwhile.
I listed only three activities but the options are plentiful. If you are looking to stay fit in the New Year there really is more that you can do that is much more fun than laboring on a treadmill or lifting the same weights week after week.
Getting in shape can be fun and if you focus on activities that you can actually enjoy which involve a steady about of movement and exertion on your body, it really won’t be that hard to achieve and maintain the body of your dreams.