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Unconventional Exercise

Thinking outside the box at the gym may be the trick you need for the results you want.

When you think of exercise, what types of workouts come to mind? Most likely you think of running, walking, swimming, lifting weights, or cycling. While these are great exercises, many people get bored of them and want something new and different. The same old workout every day not only gets boring, but it can also stop producing results over time. Sound familiar? Then it may be time to change things up.

If you’ve tried everything and are searching for a new way to exercise that’s fun yet challenging, you may want to look outside the box. Here are seven unconventional, yet effective workouts you can try.

Play with Your Kids

Don’t you wish you could have some of your kids’ non-stop energy? Rather than sitting on the couch during the evening, join in their play and you may be surprised at the workout you can get. Jump on the trampoline together, ride bikes around the block, get on the floor for a wrestling match, or play a game of tag. When it’s cold outside, play an Xbox or Wii motion game. Physical activity is good for all ages, plus you’ll enjoy some quality time with the kids.

Dance

Hundreds of calories can be burned from dancing. And don’t think there aren’t opportunities out there. Many gyms and dance studios offer classes for couples or singles of all ages. Forget about the slow dancing and take a class to learn hip-hop, salsa, or belly dancing. Not ready for a class? Just turn on some upbeat music and dance in your living room—all by yourself.

Team Sports

Tired of exercising solo at the gym? Check your local leagues and sign up to be part of a team. A little friendly competition is a great motivator to stay in shape. Perhaps you played sports in high school and want to brush up on your skills in baseball, volleyball, or basketball. Whatever the sport, there is probably a league nearby. You can also organize a team sport of your own by getting a group of friends together on a regular basis to play tennis, racquetball, or ultimate Frisbee.

Hula Hoop

Did you know you can burn as many calories hula-hooping as you can walking at a brisk pace or doing step aerobics? As you try to keep the hoop moving around your waist, you get a great core, back, and leg workout, all while improving your balance. Just don’t use one of those cheap hula-hoops from the toy aisle. You’ll find more success and have more fun using an adult-sized, weighted hula-hoop.

Backpacking

Have an adventurous spirit and like being in nature? Then you should try backpacking. Pack a bag with supplies for spending the day or night and head out to the trails. As you hike carrying a load on your back, you’ll get an intense weight-bearing cardio workout and enjoy the great outdoors at the same time.
Kranking

Ever take a spin class but wish your upper body could get a better workout? Then you should try Kranking. Using an Upper Body Ergometer (a cardio machine originally used in rehab facilities for your arms), Kranking is like a spin class for your arms. As you increase the resistance, your entire upper body—arms, chest, shoulders, back, and core—get a serious workout. Check to see if your gym offers classes. If not, ask your trainer if your gym has an Upper Body Ergometer.

Rope Workouts

Ready to take your fitness to the next level? Rope workouts combine cardio with strength training for an intense full-body workout. As you make waves in various patterns with a heavy rope anchored to the ground, rope workouts may sound simple but aren’t for the beginner or faint of heart. You raise and lower your arms to keep the ropes moving but use the rest of your muscles to stabilize your body.