Living through a global pandemic can really make you think about your health, and with all the free time that people have experienced during the national lockdown, usually taken up by commutes, socialisation and working, many have been getting out and exercising. Now, we know what you’re thinking – exercise is hard and it’s boring. Well, it doesn’t have to be. We’ve come up with a few creative ways that you can make exercise easier… and even more fun.
We know it’s difficult to get out and get your heart rate pumping, especially when you just don’t want to, and so we have a solution. Listed below are six different ways you can exercise in a way that makes you want to get up at 6am to do it.
Running game apps
Pokémon Go was all the rage a few years ago. It got people out and about, even if they were exploring a virtual world. It seems that running game apps have taken their cue from apps like Pokémon Go and have come up with fun ways to make running easier.
Want to survive a virtual zombie apocalypse? Well, now you can. These apps work to make you find and interact with virtual objects and encourage you to move quickly. It’s a really fun way to get out and start moving. Play with friends or on your own, and fight for the survival of humanity, while also getting in your steps.
Now, we’re not suggesting you invite your friends over every day for a party, but dancing is a great way to exercise. Did you know that dancing for thirty minutes means dancing to just eight songs? Why not queue up eight of your favourite pop hits and have a boogie as you get ready.
Daily dancing has recently become popular on social media, with influencers and celebrities encouraging people to dance every single day. Not only does it help you to get your heart going, it’s also fun and is sure to put a smile on your face.
Taking the stairs
Probably not something we can describe as fun, but taking the stairs is an incredibly easy way to get exercise into your busy schedule. Opting for the stairs when you have a few flights to climb will get your heart pumping and your muscles working and choosing this option everyday means choosing the healthy option.
Another way to take the stairs, but in a more exercise-based setting, is to use a Stairmaster. We understand that using gym equipment can make exercise seem tedious, but you can find some fab online classes to do with an at-home Stairmaster, or join a class at your local gym. If you are joining exercise classes remember to keep up weekly testing with lateral flow tests, like the Hughes healthcare covid tests, to help stop the spread.
Rock climbing is a versatile sport that can be done indoors at rock climbing walls, or outdoors where you can take in incredible scenery. Both indoor and outdoor rock climbing is a fab way to get in some exercise as it engages a range of muscle groups.
Taking the rock climbing outdoors can take you to some stunning places right here in the UK. Why not try joining a group and learn how to properly rock climb this summer?
Remember to stay safe when exercising in larger groups and use a lateral flow test, like the Hughes healthcare covid tests, after spending time with people to make sure you’re covid-free before your next rock climbing excursion!
We all remember hula hooping as kids, but we weren’t aware back then just how good hula hooping is for your core! It requires some serious abs to keep the hoop going and is a fun way to exercise. You could set yourself time challenges, turn up some music or learn to hula hoop with more than one hoop, all while getting in your daily exercise.
Bike riding is a fun and sociable way to exercise. Grab some friends, find a trail, and take in the sights while working those leg muscles. You’ll get your heart racing, your blood pumping, and you can enjoy the fresh air all in one go. No longer do you need to sit on the static bike at the gym and stare ahead at a blank white wall.