20 Fun Ways to Get In Shape

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Whatever your fitness level, these activities will keep you hooked and coming back for more. 

Look, it’s not just you. Keeping up with a new workout routine is hard – especially if it feels like work. The solution? Find exercises that not only work for your fitness level and body type – but ones that you actually like doing. We’ve got 20 ideas to get you started, along with some quarantine-friendly workout solutions.   

1. Dancing

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Photo by Ilja Tulit

Staying fit can be as easy as turning on your favorite playlist and dancing around the house. You might want to enroll in a local dance class or, if you are currently keeping fit from home, check out POPSUGAR Fitness’s Latin Dance Workout.

2. Self-defense

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Photo by Erik Mclean

This sweat-inducing option is a one-two punch for feeling empowered and feeling good. If you’re interested in learning self-defense long-term, it’s a good idea to find an experienced teacher. In the meantime, Eventbrite is offering a range of virtual self-defense classes.

3. Surfing

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Photo by Joseph Greve

Catching a wave requires living near an ocean, and it also comes with a learning curve. If you’re new to the sport, enroll in a local beginner’s class. If you’re already hanging 10, check out Rip Curl’s Mick Fanning Takes You Through His At-Home Surf Workout.

4. Swimming

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Photo by Jonathan Chng

Looking for a workout that’s easy on your joints? Try swimming. If you don’t have access to your local beach or swimming center, get creative with an inflatable home swimming pool.That’s what this Olympic swimmer did. Why not you?

5. Hiking

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There are abundant mental and physical benefits to hiking in nature, including stress reduction and improved blood sugar levels. Whether it’s a magical overnight hike with friends or a stroll in your local park, your body and mind will thank you. 

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6. Rock climbing

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If you want to improve your upper body strength, look no further than rock climbing. Search online for your local rock climbing center or consider installing your own climbing wall at home.

7. Ice skating

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All those Olympic athletes started somewhere. Keep fit in the cold and look delicate doing it. A Harvard Medical School study found that 30-minutes of ice skating can burn between 210 – 311 calories, depending on your original weight. 

8. Soccer

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Photo by Kobby Mendez

Whether you consider yourself a pro or a novice, soccer is a healthy and fun way to socialize while getting fit in the process. All you need is a ball, a backyard, and some family or friends. Heck, even a coworker will do.

9. Tennis

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Photo by Julian Schiemann

If you and your significant other have been looking for a healthy date idea, tennis could do the trick. Do a quick Google search to find a tennis court near you and let the friendly competition begin.

10. DIY fitness routine

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Photo by Anastase Maragos

If you are particularly creative when it comes to fitness, you might enjoy putting together your own routine using your favorite exercises. Start with a good playlist, consider the areas of your body that you want to target, and set goals to keep yourself motivated.

11. Yoga

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Photo by Anupam Mahapatra

We’ve already spoken about the benefits of starting a yoga practice. It’s a fantastic low-impact workout that has proven mental and physical benefits. If you are just getting started with yoga, check out these five online instructors.

12. Pilates

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Photo by Runway Pilates

This popular, low-impact exercise supports weight-loss, tones, builds a strong core, and increases flexibility. Check out Boho Beautiful’s Pilates 21-Day Challenge to see if this workout is for you.

13. Jump rope

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Cosmopolitan states that “the effort it takes to jump rope for 10 minutes is the equivalent of running a mile in eight minutes.” To see how former Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima incorporates jump rope into her workout routine, check out this video

Related Article: The comprehensive guide to getting started on your fitness journey

14. Playing with the kids

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Making time to work out is hard when you’re a busy parent. Stop fighting the flow and see it as the opportunity it is. Put together a game of tag or even an obstacle course to keep every family member happy and healthy. 

15. Tai Chi

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Photo by Kat Lee Tai Chi

If you’re looking for a gentle exercise that combines mental and physical training, you might be interested in Tai Chi. The ancient martial arts style originated in China. If you’re a senior or beginner, you might enjoy Tai Chi for Life

16. Gardening

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Multiple studies have recognized the physical and psychological benefits of gardening. If you’re looking for an affordable, peaceful way to exercise, this could be it. Get your hands dirty with this guide to Composting for Beginners.

17. Skateboarding

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Photo by Travis Yewell

Not only is skateboarding a fun way to give your legs and core a workout, it’s also an environmentally-friendly way to get around. Wanna learn the basics? Check out this video by Braille Skateboarding – just be prepared to fall.

18. Bike riding

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Photo by Angel Santos

Another environmentally-friendly form of transport, regular cycling leads to improved cardiovascular fitness. It’s also the commuting transport of choice for the majority of people in two of the happiest countries in the world – Denmark and the Netherlands

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19. Jumping on a trampoline

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It’s not just a kid thing. Trampolines are a great way to burn energy in quarantine and build strong leg muscles. This 11-minute trampoline workout for weight loss can easily be carried out on a full-size or mini trampoline.

20. Acro yoga

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Photo by Earl McGehee

Acro yoga is a fusion of (you guessed it) acrobatics and yoga that involves a serious amount of weight-bearing, partner work, and strength. Interested in giving it a go? Acro Ninja is currently offering a free online course for beginners. 

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