5 Easy Ways to Exercise That Don't Involve Running, Biking or Hitting the Gym
If you’re one of those people who love going to the gym and running 10 miles every day, good for you. However, if you’re like many people who hate exercise, you probably avoid it like the plague. Luckily, these aren’t the only ways to get a good workout. There are plenty of other easy ways to exercise that won’t even feel like work.
Gardening for Flexibility
If you’ve got a green thumb, starting and maintaining a garden could be a very fun and easy way to exercise at home. Rather than wasting energy simply walking in place on a treadmill, gardening actually allows you to benefit from your efforts. You can grow a delicious variety of fruits and vegetables to supplement your healthy diet while you burn 100 to 200 calories an hour.
Get the most out of gardening as exercise by raking, digging holes and pruning. Be sure to alternate sides so that you get an even workout. Concentrate on your breathing and flexibility, pushing yourself to stretch further to increase your range of motion.
Household Chores to Burn Calories
Why not multitask when working out? Performing certain household chores like laundry, cleaning or mowing the lawn can be a great and easy way to exercise at home. Just 30 minutes of vacuuming or scrubbing can equate to 196 burned calories. If you use a push mower to tend to your grass, you can burn 147 calories in 30 minutes.
While folding clothes and ironing only burn around 75 calories per hour, these tedious tasks can easily be modified to get your heart pumping. Try squatting down to grab clothes or carrying heavy baskets of clothes around the house as other easy ways to exercise at home.
Playing with the Dog for Endurance
For those with a feisty pup in the family, simply tagging along on a few of their adventures will have you gasping for breath in no time. If you don’t have a dog, consider getting one. A Michigan State University study found that people who owned dogs were 34 percent more likely to get 150 minutes of exercise a week. Simply walking along at a brisk pace can help you burn 170 calories an hour.
Even if you don’t like physical activity, having a gleeful dog along can make anything more enjoyable. Try playing fetch, soccer, kayaking or rollerblading to see just how much more fun it is with your dog in tow.
Yoga for Strength
If you’re looking for more structure to your workout, try performing yoga on a daily basis. All you need to get started is a yoga mat. You can perform it in your home, in the park or even on the beach like you see in all those Instagram photos. It’s an easy way to exercise for someone with an anti-gym mindset because it’s non-competitive and about doing what feels right to you.
On average, you can expect to burn anywhere between 200 to 400 calories an hour practising yoga. You can also expect to see a drastic change in your strength as your body gets used to supporting itself.
Hiking for Cardio
Hiking is a great way to stretch your legs while also enjoying what nature has to offer you. This is an easy way to exercise because it places less stress on your joints than running, but it still has many of the same effects. It helps target the major muscles in your legs as well as your gluten to help you develop shapely and toned thighs and calves.
If you’re walking on a mostly flat trail, you might burn around 300 calories an hour, but for more vigorous hiking, you can burn up to 440 calories per hour.
As you can see, there are plenty of easy ways to exercise without dedicating your life to more intense pursuits. By simply challenging yourself to be more active in your everyday activities and adding in a little more effort, you’ll grow stronger and more fit in no time.
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- Kristy Snyder