So, you hate working out…You despise going to the gym and getting on that evil treadmill or that boring elliptical machine. And, well, you’re not a fan of Yoga or Pilates (too much breathing and meditating for you); and an aerobics class? Please! Overall, the thought of working out curdles your stomach and sours your mood.
Yet, working out is a necessary evil if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle. It helps you stay fit, boosts your immune system and adds years to your life…So, what are some other options that will provide you with the health benefits you need, and won’t make you want to kill yourself?
It’s time to think a little outside the box. Here are some options that will have you burning those pesky calories in a fun way:
Dancing: Cha-Cha-Cha, Jive, and Tango your way to a healthier you. Check out Cherry Creek Dance. Or if you’re too shy to shake those hips in front of a classroom full of people, try dancing from home. You can use one of the Dancing With The Stars workout DVD’s, or a different dance workout offered by Comcast On Demand (found in the Sports and Fitness section). Use entertaining and upbeat exercises, and you’ll forget you’re doing the thing you hate most–working out!
Join a Team: Playing a sport is a great way to workout, and let’s face it, a great way to have fun! From basketball to tennis to soccer, playing sports offers people an outstanding way to burn calories, build strength, and improve reflexes. For a place to find adult recreation sports teams in Denver, click here.
Swimming: This is a workout anyone can do. Low impact, swimming uses all of your major muscle groups and helps you build strength. Most gyms in Denver have pools available, and most of these pools offer flexible pool schedules, as well as classes. For example, YMCA of Metropolitan Denver offers a wide variety of swimming classes for people of all ages, including adults.
Hiking: Well, we do live in Colorado, and what better place is there to go on a gorgeous hike? Great trails abound in our beautiful state, and you won’t even think about the fact that you’re getting a workout as you take in the stunning views. Plus, if you’re up to the challenge, you can try and conquer one or all of Colorado’s 14er’s!
Working out doesn’t necessarily mean running on a treadmill or hitting the weights. There are lots of ways you can burn the calories you need and get the healthy lifestyle you deserve. It just takes a little thinking outside the box and finding something you enjoy doing.