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5 Enjoyable Ways to Get Into Shape

Staying fit and active is an essential factor to healthy living. The only thing is, running on a treadmill or pounding the cross trainer isn’t fun for those of us who aren’t gym bunnies and it isn’t an appealing option while you’re travelling. So, if you’re looking for inspiration to make fitness fun, look no further.

Here are our favorite options for staying active and enjoying yourself at the same time:

Bouldering

Climbing walls have increased in popularity recently, even popping up in gyms as more and more people are discovering the benefits of climbing for building strength and staying fit. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that involves some tactical thinking as well as careful planning, making it a work out for your brain as much as your body.

It’s safest (and most convenient) to do this indoors as you don’t need to invest in so much equipment. And, you can take part whatever the weather.

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Snowboarding

You don’t need to live near the mountains to enjoy snowboarding as there are plenty of dry slopes to practice on. Although, these can be a little rough, quite literally, it you fall. That’s no deterrent though as there are lots of indoor facilities these days that provide snow covered slopes and, once you’ve honed your snowboarding skills, you can use it as the perfect excuse to get away for winter holidays!

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Hula Hooping

We all remember it from childhood; the classic hula hoop was always a fun, if not a frustrating activity. For adults though, spinning a special weighted hoop is a great way to tone up! It works your core muscles and is ideal for toning your abs, glutes (to give you a firm bum) and thighs! It’s also highly addictive as you try to perfect your technique to keep your hula hoop spinning for as long as possible.

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Kitesurfing

This water sport is something everyone must try at least once. It’s constantly growing in popularity, which reflects just how incredible an experience it is.

A lot like surfing but even better, kitesurfing adds wind power into the mix, meaning you can fly high above the waves and soar across the sea as you cling to a huge kite. You’ll find kitesurfing improves your strength, balance, agility and reaction times. Not only that, it provides a huge adrenaline rush as you whizz across the waves.

There are lots of places where you can try this sport but one of the best by far is Morocco.

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The weather here is perfect with constant winds, sun, and blue waters. Check out the Explora Morocco website to find out more about kitesurfing in Essaouira, on the North West coast of Morocco.

Doga

Everyone knows about yoga, but few people have tried Doga. It’s a trend which started, like so many off-the-wall crazes, in the US when health-conscious dog owners asked for a way of combining their favorite exercise with spending quality time with their pets.

Now Doga is growing in popularity in the UK too. Doga is said by practitioners to create a better bond between owners and their pets, while offering their dogs the same health benefits yoga provides to people.

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It certainly gives the exercise position the downward dog a whole new meaning.

Whichever activity you opt for, if you find exercise boring, you won’t carry on with your workout routine. By searching for a sport, hobby or activity which you enjoy, you’ll get fitter and healthier without it feeling like a chore.




One thought on “5 Enjoyable Ways to Get Into Shape

  1. roger

    never heard about doga until now, so many new tredns are emerging with great potential, i would like to suggest something as simple as bike riding for some normal workout.

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