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The Best Forms of Exercise for People Who Hate the Gym
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The Best Forms of Exercise for People Who Hate the Gym

The Best Forms of Exercise for People Who Hate the Gym

People often forget that the gym isn’t the only suitable place for exercising. There are so many cool and fantastic activities and sports you can do, so limiting yourself to the gym (and hating every second of it) really doesn’t make any sense. 

Even if you have some kind of joint, ankle or knee problems you can easily solve them with the proper equipment and start exploring all the wonderful activities you can do by yourself. 

In the following lines, we have selected five great activities that you can do outside the gym and absolutely love every second of them.

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking is a great way to start exercising your whole body slowly and is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise for many reasons. One of the most obvious health benefits you can get out of hiking is simply spending time in nature. 

Numerous research has shown that people who regularly spend their time in nature are happier and they successfully reduced their stress levels and anxiety while improving the quality of sleep and memory. 

Nature has a great healing potential and many people haven’t discovered that yet. Combining all of the health benefits you gain from spending time in nature with hiking is an absolute win-win situation. 

Hiking is also a great way to reduce risks of heart diseases as it improves your blood pressure, boosts bone density and eventually strengthens almost every part of your body. 

Depending on the route you take for hiking, it can be either really exhausting or a breeze. 

So if you haven’t exercised for a while we recommend you begin with the easiest route. Over time your endurance will build up as well as the unconditional love for this great activity.  

Cycling

Cycling

Cycling is one of the easiest ways to stay active. Not only is cycling good for you, but you will also contribute to society by not using your car all the time. If you go to work every day using your car or public transportation, taking your bicycle for a change can significantly improve your health, especially if you work a desk job. 

If you are looking to lose some weight or just want to remain fit and healthy, instead of burning gas, you’ll be burning calories and a lot of them. 

An hour of cycling can burn between 530 and 930 calories! Multiply that by five and you’ve got yourself a perfect weekly exercise. 

Because cycling is mainly an aerobic form of exercise your heart rate will improve, you will increase muscle and bone strength as well as improve joint mobility. Cycling is a form of low impact exercise so you don’t have to worry much about common injuries. You will decrease your stress levels, anxiety and depression as well. 

Swimming

Woman in a pool

Swimming is probably one of the most amusing outdoor activities you can participate in. If you live by the sea or a river, you are really lucky. Not only do you have a beach you can relax and lounge on, but you can also go for a good swim which is one of the greatest forms of low impact exercises. 

Regular swimming is a great recreational activity for people of all ages. There are many health benefits of swimming. With regular swimming sessions, you will build your endurance, cardiovascular fitness, and muscle strength. Swimming can help you maintain a healthy weight, tone your muscles and increase your overall body strength. 

There are also plenty of great mental health benefits gained from swimming. Swimming can improve your balance, coordination, and posture, which will in return make you feel confident and self-assured. It will help you reduce stress, anxiety, and depression and one of the greatest reasons – it just feels so good to get in the water on a hot summer day! 

Yoga

Yoga

Yoga is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the world. The only thing you need is a yoga mat and some will. There are plenty of yoga studios which you can join, but if you prefer to exercise by yourself or you just want to save up some money, you can do it in the comfort of your home. There are plenty of different yoga lessons online you can get for free.

Yoga is an ancient Indian form of physical, mental and spiritual practice. That being said there are plenty of reasons why you should start doing this kind of activity. Doing yoga even three times a week will drastically improve your health in a short time. 

It can help you build muscle strength, improve flexibility, reduce blood pressure, and it will significantly help you with your posture. 

We mentioned that yoga is also a form of mental practice and by doing it regularly, you will also do wonders for your mental health. Yoga leads to a significant increase in serotonin levels meaning you will become happier, and it can help you focus by using breathing techniques that improve your balance and will give you peace of mind. 

Dancing

Girl dancing

The best thing about dancing is that anyone can do it! Even if you are convinced that you were born with two left feet, it doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is moving your body to the rhythm you love. There is only one thing you need for a good dance session and that is your favorite music! 

Put on your favorite music on and start moving your body. Make it a 15-30 minute dance session accompanied by singing and fooling around. Bring some friends over or your family and just let loose. 

If you are serious about dancing there are plenty of dance schools you can join and do it for recreational purposes. From classical dancing to modern twerking, you can choose whatever you like. 

Regular dancing also has a lot of great health benefits. It’s a great cardio workout which means that you’ll be burning those calories while having super fun. It will improve your cardiovascular health, increase flexibility, build muscular endurance and strength.

Apart from these amazing physical benefits, you’ll also have a smile on your face while reducing your stress levels, anxiety, and depression. 

And remember, always dance like nobody is watching!

In Conclusion 

Two people on top of a mountain

Each and every one of these forms of exercise have unique sets of benefits that will bring you a lot more joy then sweating in the gym. There’s nothing inherently bad with the gym, it’s just that it isn’t for some people and that’s perfectly fine. 

Hopefully, this list will inspire you to try out some of these activities and help you get back in shape while having endless fun!

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