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Fun Ways to Get Fit

Getting fit doesn’t have to be boring, difficult or painful. If you try one (or all) of these fun activities while getting fit, you’ll be trim and healthy before you even realise it. Enjoy!

Method #1: Zumba

Zumba is an aerobic workout that combines various styles of Latin American dance such as samba, salsa, merengue and flamenco, but also includes other hip-hop, Bollywood and martial arts moves. Doing these moves is much more enjoyable than running on a treadmill or doing jumping jacks. If you want a cardiovascular workout that lets you burn fat and tone your body, give Zumba a try.

Method #2: Pilates

Pilates is a series of exercises that focuses on improving one’s range of motion, posture, flexibility, circulation and abdominal strength. Pilates is fun because it gives a complete body workout, significant health benefits, and is a blast to do with other people. With Pilates, you’ll enjoy better body awareness, a stronger core and body control, while decreasing joint, neck and back pain.

Method #3: Pole dancing

While known as a performing art, pole dancing is also a combination of dance and acrobatics on a vertical pole. Pole dancing develops upper-body strength as you use your arms and shoulders because you raise your body up the pole. It also improves your core and tones the body as a whole. Fun is swinging around a vertical bar, getting physical and sharing a laugh with friends.

Method #4: Indoor rock climbing

Indoor rock climbing is an activity where you climb up, down or across an artificial rock wall to reach the summit without falling. It’s a great anaerobic exercise that improves strength and balance. What’s more, rock climbing can burn up to 800 calories in an hour. Aside from the health benefits, climbing the summit is absolutely exhilarating.

Method #5: Hula-hooping

Hula-hooping is no longer a kid’s game. You can hula your way to fitness as hooping provides a cardio workout that can also trim your hips, thighs, buttocks and waist, and simultaneously tone your lower back and stomach muscles. It’s even more enjoyable when "played" with friends.

Method #6: Yoga

Yoga is a relaxing way to exercise and meditate. It’s also a great way to burn fat, fight stress and improve conditioning, among others. It’s like Pilates, only more soothing.

Method #7: Fencing

If you love to compete and enjoy fast aerobic workouts, then you’ll love fencing. Here you’ll burn calories, improve footwork, speed, coordination and flexibility, and tone your thigh, stomach and bum. You’ll also have fun anticipating your opponent’s moves as you thrust, evade and parry your way.

Method #8: Jumping rope

Consider: a mere 15 minutes of jumping rope will burn you 200 calories. Not only that: jumping rope will strengthen your bones and muscles while you improve your coordination. Did we mention it’s fun, especially when played with a friend, and doesn’t lead to knee damage?

Method #9: Group sports

Time to join a pick-up game of your favourite group sport. It could be any sport—volleyball, football, softball or basketball—that you enjoy well enough to get involved. If you’re not good at any sport, don’t worry; you’ll improve as you play. You’ll get plenty of exercise, spend time with friends and family and enjoy the social aspects of the game.