Fitness activities

5 fitness activities you can try if the gym isn’t your cup of tea

We get it, the gym isn’t for everyone. There are plenty of reasons why someone might be indifferent to your conventional everyday gym. Crispy men, unpleasant experiences or just a general disinterest in the environment are some of the very few reasons. But no one said slaving your ass in the gym was the key to ultimate fitness.

How about choosing a sport instead? Not on a professional level, but as a hobby. Physical recreation is a great way to train the whole body and promote good health. These activities help to stimulate you physically and mentally by stretching and toning muscles, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, burning fat, balancing blood sugar and reducing stress.

But I am not a professional, so here is the opinion of a true professional:

Here are some activities you can choose from that are actually quite fun!

1. Surfing

Although yes, there are few places in India where you can indulge in the act, if you are privileged enough to live close to them, why not give surfing a shot? The sport’s innate “coolness” may intimidate many, but don’t knock it out until you’ve tried it. Not only does it promote overall cardiovascular fitness through paddling, but it also boosts your leg and core strength once you’re standing on the board.

2. Kickboxing

The violent reputation the sport has acquired might make some wary of it. But make no mistake about it, aside from the obvious high-intensity cardio and overall strength buildup, kickboxing also promotes an adrenaline rush in your body that improves your instincts, coordination, and fighting spirit.

3. Calithenics

I get it, people stealing from the bar looking like Superman might sound scary. You might think “Woah, I could never do that!” But this is not true. You have no idea what your body is capable of! All you have to do is put in the effort and dedication and you’d be surprised at what you can accomplish.

4. Run

Running is good cardio, everyone knows that. But apart from that, it can also improve your mental health! Running outdoors helps improve memory and adaptability. It can reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, reduce stress, and help calm anxiety.

5. Bodyweight training

No, you don’t need a gym or fancy equipment to do strength training. This lesson was best taught to us unanimously during the COVID lockdown. Lifting your body weight is just as productive and has the same effect on your muscles as lifting in the gym. On the contrary, it is more versatile as it gives you extra flexibility to train anytime, anywhere.

It’s not me who hates the gym, I just accept that it’s not for everyone. And it doesn’t matter. The most important thing is to enjoy your workouts because the magic sauce for peak fitness is, you guessed it, consistency!