Every year it seems the most common New Year’s resolution is to exercise more and lose weight. The first instinct is usually to join the gym. However, we have all seen the influx of members the first two weeks of January and then they slowly disappear. So why not try something a little different than heading over to the gym and tackle two resolutions with one activity: try something new and get more exercise.
On a crisp winter day with the sun shining, it is hard to beat a nice hike. Not only will you get fresh air and connect with nature, you are also getting workout. The uneven ground provides a natural variety instead of constantly changing the incline on the treadmill or elliptical. If you want a more intense workout, head up to the mountains and go snowshoeing. If you happen to be near water, kayaking can provide a great workout for your upper body as well.
If the weather isn’t cooperating for an outdoor workout, head over to an indoor rock climbing facility and you might surprise yourself with what a fun activity this can be. Another great option for indoor workouts is a dance class. A workout that can be useful on the dance floor is always a good bet.
Whip yourself into shape by joining a boot camp session. These classes are geared towards ultimate fitness and will surely jumpstart your workout routine. If you want to continue to sweat it out, go to a hot yoga or martial arts class. Hot Yoga could be the extra oomph added on to your regular yoga routine. If it’s cardio you are looking for, martial arts classes will definitely get your heart pumping.
Do you have any favorite alternatives to the gym?