How To Keep You Fit with Hobbies
We all know how difficult it can be to fit a workout into your crazy everyday routine, but just because you’re not going to the gym doesn’t mean you still can’t be active. There are a number of surprising activities that are actually a good workout, and fitting these types of activities into your day can be more accessible, less daunting, and even more motivating. Exercise doesn’t always have to be specific reps at the gym, and you can instead get moving in a number of ways that are less traditional, but still good for you.
Sometimes you may want to try a new fitness hobby without committing to a lot of equipment and expense. Many gyms and fitness resorts offer these activities and more. By sampling a fitness activity in a controlled environment like this, you can explore many new hobbies to find out “what sticks”, and what motivates you to keep going.
For young adults looking to try out new fitness hobbies, many activities and sports are available at kids fitness camps, where specially trained staff members help children learn to exercise in fun and novel ways.
Inside or outside, climbing is a great way to challenge yourself both physically and mentally. You can build endurance and improve cardiovascular health with this hobby, and the exhaustion you feel from pushing yourself is rewarded by the pride you will feel in reaching the top.
Most climbing gyms and some outdoor ranges offer courses and routes for beginners, so you’ll find help even if you don’t know where to start. And if you don’t have all the safety equipment, don’t worry; you can typically rent the equipment from these places. You’ll find that your first time climbing can wear you out, but with practice, you’ll quickly grow your endurance and stamina to take on longer or more intense climbs.
Swimming is one of the best hobbies for fitness. It’s a great way to exercise your whole body, as you will use every part of it to propel yourself through the water. It’s also a major calorie-burning exercise in fact, some Olympians have to eat up to 12,000 calories per day to make up for all of the calories burned during training and competition.
But you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to get the fitness benefit of swimming; most communities have at least one pool nearby for lap swimming or aquatic classes. It’s easy to get started just find your nearest pool and ask about their offerings for instructed swimming or free-swim.
Running & Jogging
Running might be the easiest fitness hobby to begin; the only barrier to entry is a pair of good shoes and some space to run. It’s estimated that almost 60 million people in the United States go running or jogging as a hobby, so if motivation is your biggest hurdle, ask around you probably already have a friend or family member that is already running, and exercise is always easier with a partner.
Many people prefer to run outside, while others would rather have the solitude of a treadmill or privacy of an indoor track. If you’re looking to begin running, try a few different environments to see what type of runner you are. Your location may also help determine the best place for you to run; cold and snowy environments may push runners indoors, or crowded city streets may mean that you will be running at a nearby park or track.
Admittedly, mountain biking is a fitness hobby that’s a little bit tougher to get started with. You’ll need the right gear including a mountain bike and safety equipment as well as good trails nearby. However, mountain bikers will tell you that if you put in the effort the payoff is huge, both in terms of exercise and scenic views.
Mountain biking will help you exercise a wide variety of muscle groups. It’s not just pedaling, it’s also about maintaining balance and controlling the bike. On the trail, you’ll get a much different workout experience than sitting on a bike in the gym.
This fitness hobby will also keep you mentally sharp, as you’ll have to keep your attention to read trails and navigate tight turns and obstacles along your route.
When looking at this list, this one may seem like an outlier at first glance. Is yoga really considered a fitness hobby?
While yoga might not look strenuous from a distance, it’s actually a fantastic whole-body workout.There are many different types of yoga, from the more meditative styles of restorative yoga to the more intense workouts of Bikram or Vinyasa yoga. Depending on which type of yoga you choose and what poses you are doing, expect to burn anywhere from 160 to 600 calories in a one-hour class.
Hiking is one of the best fitness hobbies to connect with nature. According to the American Hiking Society, more than 35 million Americans go hiking every year, to get healthy and to take in the scenic views.
There are hundreds of trails across the country that are less than a mile long. Hiking lets you set the difficulty of your workout by picking the right trail, and selecting the length and terrain you want to tackle.
It’s easy to get started with hiking! All you need is a good pair of hiking boots, and plenty of water. Nearly anywhere you live, you’re no more than a short drive away from a hiking trail. Many maintained trails have clearly marked pathways and maps available, so hiking rookies should start with those routes. As you gain endurance and confidence on the trails, you can start to tackle some of the more rugged paths that nature has to offer.
Put on some music in your house, or when you’re at a bar, grab a friend and hit the dance floor. Dancing is a great form of aerobic exercise, and it can even help improve your balance as well as work your muscles, according to Berkeley Wellness. One study from the American Heart Association found that people who took dance class improved their fitness three times more than non-dancers.
Take some time to giggle with friends, watch a funny YouTube video, or go to a comedy show. “Laughing will increase your energy and work out those abs all while filling your soul with happiness,” says Dawn. Laughter involves forceful exhalation of breath from the lungs and a contraction of the diaphragm that works your muscles, according to the New York Times.
Playing An Instrument
It’s time to make some music: Playing an instrument has effects that extend just beyond creative or mental. According to the University of North Texas, playing the violin burns as many calories per hour as taking a brisk walk. Plus, making music can lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, and reduce stress.
Get your legs moving and bump up your heart rate before sipping on your java. Even a brisk 20-minute walk has a number of health benefits, including getting your heart rate up, working your muscles, and even increasing your longevity, according to multiple studies.
Like grocery shopping, regular shopping is another efficient way to get moving, especially if you do it for hours not that we want you to burn a hole in your wallet.You may not realize it, but walking from rack to rack and floor to floor is great to tone your legs.
Not only is making your dinner at home healthier because you’re using cleaner ingredients, but it also gets you up and moving in the kitchen. Walking around the kitchen, squatting to retrieve items, stirring and whipping all of these motions keep the body active and the blood flowing.
One of the biggest reasons people cite for not exercising is that it’s not enjoyable. Well, the truth may just be that you haven’t found the right type of exercise for you. Explore these six fitness hobbies and find the one that matches your style.
Working out doesn’t have to feel like work. By picking the right activity for you, you can get healthy while having fun at the same time.