Alternative workouts for those who hate the gym

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Were you one of those kids who loved sports? Or one of those who hated it? Whichever way you fall, we can all acknowledge that every type of sport is not for everyone. So if you weren’t into sports and are looking to start exercising more, what is the workout for you?

Here are just a few:

1. Boxing

Throwing a punch is both therapeutic and a great HIIT workout. Harvard University mentions these among some of the benefits; better posture, stronger core and upper body, and good aerobic exercise. You can try Thai boxing; which involves more of your body,like your hands, feet, elbows and knees; or regular boxing, which is more focused on use of your arms and your upper body.

2. Bouldering

Climbing is an incredibly involved workout, but it’s the type that you won’t notice was a workout until long after it’s over. You’ll feel it most in your forearms, your back, your shoulders, and your legs. And you won’t just feel it, it will actually improve your overall body strength, help boost your stamina, and possibly even help prevent and counteract carpal tunnel syndrome.

3. Pickup sports

Depending on where you live, there are any number of pickup sports available; soccer, hockey, basketball; you name it, it’s available. Finding a group of friends or a local group who are playing a sport that you love is a great way to get fit without thinking about it. Check Facebook or local notice boards to see what’s available in your area.

4. Swimming

A couple of laps at the pool can tone your body, boost your heart health, help you de-stress, and of course, get rid of some unwanted calories. The best thing about swimming is that you don’t have to be fit to start, and even if you have joint issues, swimming takes the pressure off, so that you can workout without fear of injuring yourself.

Which of these alternative exercises are you going to try?

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