If you’re bored with your workout, or if you’ve forgotten what makes exercise fun, you’ve come to the right place. These exercises that won’t just get you sweaty – you’ll enjoy them. Exercise doesn’t have to be a miserable experience, so don’t let it be one. Follow this list and put the positivity back into your workout.
1. DIY Bootcamp
Bootcamp is a versatile workout that can be performed indoors or outside. By creating your own circuits, you can free yourself from a pricey gym bootcamp and concentrate instead on your own personalized routine.
2. Cardio Barre
Don’t let this ballet-inspired workout fool you: despite its dainty look, it will have your muscles twitching. Try this video for a quick introduction and look for a class near you.
3. Candlelight Yoga
When you’re in the mood for a gentler workout – and one that can potentially help you get a better night’s sleep – try soothing candlelight yoga. Its long stretches and focus on relaxation will you have you wanting to go back again and again.
4. Virtual Sports
Firing up the Wii and challenging a friend to a virtual tennis match can be a fun way to get moving and enjoy a little healthy competition. Opt for video games that require you to punch, squat, swing or move side to side.
5. Indoor Climbing
Outdoor rock climbing is a fun way to go, but indoor climbing eliminates pesky obstacles such as weather. This safe way for adrenaline junkies to get their fix is becoming one of the most popular urban sports in gyms across the country.
Parkour takes the joy of running, jumping, climbing and exploring you did as a kid and translates it into an adult workout. With a focus on improvement, parkour encourages you to return to the limitless thrill of childhood.
7. TRX Suspension Training
TRX is popping up everywhere from cross training to yoga classes. Originally developed in the Navy SEALS, TRX suspension training uses gravity and body weight to tone your body.
A combination of racquetball, badminton and tennis – but with no nets or walls – speedminton uses speeders (which look like badminton birdies) that are swung back and forth between players with lightweight racquets.
9. Aerial Yoga
Take the experience of traditional yoga, add a soft fabric hammock that holds and suspends body parts, and you’ve got aerial yoga. Like TRX, aerial yoga works with gravity instead of against it, allowing for a deepened practice.
A staple in cross-fit gyms, a kettlebell provides counter-weight for a workout that burns calories in less time than traditional workouts. By engaging multiple muscle groups at once, kettlebells will fire up your muscles in no time.
11. Ultimate Frisbee
If traditional gym workouts aren’t your thing, consider a sport that pits two teams against each other as they throw a Frisbee on a field similar to a football field, and try to score by reaching their respective end zones.
Trampoline gyms are popping up everywhere – and they’re not just for kids. SkyRobics is just what it sounds like: an aerobics class that takes place on a trampoline. Remember how fun it was to jump around when you were little? This sweaty workout proves it’s still fun when you’re all grown up.
Kickball leagues are increasingly popular during the warm summer months. Another sports that revisits the fun of childhood, kickball is a social way to get your fitness fix.
A cardio workout that fuses standing Pilates, boxing and dance, piloxing leaves no room for boredom. The use of weighted gloves helps with further toning, and you’ll be too busy having fun to even think about the calorie burn.
For the thrill of surfing minus the hassle of being in the water, try a Surfset fitness class, which brings surfing indoors. A workout that hits up the entire body, the Surfset board will keep your body moving and challenged the entire time.
16. Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
For a more relaxing way to enjoy the water, consider stand-up paddle boarding. Look for an organization that will rent you a board and teach you proper form.
17. Running Clubs
A surefire way to add fun to your fitness routine is to make it social. Running clubs connect you with other runners for training runs, distance-training programs, and organized racing teams. If you enjoy running but the thought of signing up for a 5K on your own sounds terrifying, a running club could offer the motivation you need.
For the more musically inclined, here’s a workout that combines simulated drumming with cardio, Pilates, isometric movements and poses, and plyometrics. Lightly weighted drumsticks provide continual upper body movement.
A stationary cycling class that takes place in a pool, aquaspinning combines the burn of spin with the resistance of water. Initially a European fad, the sport is quickly taking off in the United States.
Why not end on a classic note? Hiking proves that despite the prevalence of quirky, alternative exercise classes, there’s still something wonderful about simply going outside and walking up a hill. Find a route with scenic viewpoints and enjoy the beauty of nature.