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Want to Workout But Don’t Like the Idea of Exercise? You Have to Read This!

I have to be honest- I’m not the biggest fan of working out. I like things that keep me active but are fun to do at the same time. Read these tips and try them out to make exercising more fun!

1. Head to an arcade with your friends and play air hockey or ping pong! It’s relatively cheap, a great way to bond with your friends and challenge them to a game and something different to do! Plus, you’ll get your arms moving and help tone them. I love this idea!

2. Take a dance class! If you’re a member of a gym, they almost always offer a few classes from hip-hop to Zumba. What is Zumba?  It’s a Brazilian workout that works out your whole body as you dance to the music, it’s one of my all-time favorite things to do!

3. Try taking a rock climbing class! You can have challenges with your friends to see how high you can go, while really working out your legs and butt. This one is not for people scared of heights! But you’re tied to a rope so you won’t fall.

4. Jump rope! This is one of the best cardio exercises. You’ll burn so many calories you won’t believe it! To make it more interesting, make sure you listen to your iPod and download some workout music to help you get pumped up! And get one of those armbands so your iPod won’t slip.

5. Pilates! This is also one of my favorite ways to burn calories. It stretches your muscles and also tones your body all over. If you do it for a month, 3x a week- I promise you’ll see a noticeable difference! Check ahead of time to see if the instructor provides music — that’s even more fun!

6.  Try canoeing or rowing a boat! This only works if you live near a lake but it’s also a good way to spend time with your friends!

7. Take a swimming class! Many gyms have nice pools and the classes are free as long as you have a membership. You can start out in an easy class and then once you get more experienced, work your way up to an advanced class! This is one of the all time best exercises to lose weight.

8. Have a hula-hooping contest! This will bring you back to your childhood, and it’s a great way to strengthen your abs! Try and see how many you can do in a row, then try to increase your number. The best length of time to do this is for 20 minutes. The reason is once you hit this length of time you start to get the cardiovascular benefits (which means you burn the most calories!).

9. Go roller skating! Head to a rink with your friends and groove to the music. It’s also a great idea for a date if you have a boyfriend. Or, you can rollerblade outside but make sure to wear a helmet.

10. Play Dance Dance Revolution! This is such a fun game. You get to listen to great music while practicing your steps to perfect the dance to the song! I LOVE this game. Look up Youtube’s ‘dance dance revolution experts’ and you’ll be surprised how many people are obsessed with this game! There are professional contests for the most skilled dancers — it’s pretty funny.

I hope these exercise ideas inspired you! 🙂

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  1. notaloneanymore

    Posted by notaloneanymore on March 5, 2017 at 07:49

    Mini golf is also an option.

  2. Sydney_Andrews

    Posted by Sydney_Andrews on September 15, 2014 at 11:49

    This is sort of cheesy, but we have an elliptical machine thing and what I do is i watch netflix or amazon prime for an hour while I walk. Super easy and I get to watch my favorite show(s).
    But sometimes I also just set an alarm for like 30 minutes and dance to my favorite music.

  3. J_jiddy

    Posted by J_jiddy on September 14, 2014 at 20:28

    I’ve been taking Zumba since I was thirteen years old. I love it and won’t be letting go. I’m actually planning on getting my certification soon. Try it if you haven’t 🙂

  4. angelagrhodes

    Posted by angelagrhodes on August 28, 2014 at 13:50

    DDR, dancing, and swimming are my life! Instead of taking a Zumba class, you could also dance to your own music. But do take a dance class if you’re not good at dancing.

  5. Smylinggirl

    Posted by Smylinggirl on August 25, 2014 at 17:44

    If you don’t care for the music on DDR, try Dance Praise! Great Christian music from all kinds of genres (on the extension packs). It is played by hooking the mat to a computer though.

  6. nataliesophia

    Posted by nataliesophia on August 24, 2014 at 10:25

    I also hula hoop

  7. nataliesophia

    Posted by nataliesophia on August 24, 2014 at 10:24

    I take zumba all the time and I love it

  8. GirlStandingByGod

    Posted by GirlStandingByGod on August 23, 2014 at 19:34

    Love the ideas, I think I’ll be doing hula-hooping & jump-roping with my sibs. =^.^= I never have time for exercise (I get enough work anyway, since I have to help take care of the farm) and every time I try to, I get bored!

  9. JoyJoyGirl

    Posted by JoyJoyGirl on August 21, 2013 at 17:27

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love Rollar skating!!!!!!!! Except I like rollar blading better. 🙂

  10. Silvey

    Posted by Silvey on July 28, 2013 at 18:50

    I will deffinately be doing the hula hooping and jump roping! I took a salsa class at a college for about 3 months. it was SO fun, a great workout, and FREE! I met lots of new people and the steps were actually really easy. I could even practice at home with music from youtube! thanks so much for this Nicole.

  11. ggracie

    Posted by ggracie on July 17, 2013 at 14:30

    Blogilates.com is an amazing website for Pilates. I do them all the time 🙂

  12. DanieB

    Posted by DanieB on July 15, 2013 at 13:25

    Its so funny to see people take DDR so seriously!! No offense to those that do though 😀

  13. jrmisslv23

    Posted by jrmisslv23 on July 5, 2013 at 17:22

    Rock climbing is soooo awesome!!

    • jrmisslv23

      Posted by jrmisslv23 on July 5, 2013 at 17:30

      the place i went to to go rock climbing was in Murrieta, California. they had a low slack line a high slack line, a lot of rock climbing walls, a volleyball/basketball court, cageball, yoga classes, and a bunch of equipment that any regular gym would have. I had a blast and I want to go back again!

  14. Iluvzumba.com

    Posted by Iluvzumba.com on July 2, 2013 at 10:04

    I love ZUMBA too Nicole. Its so fun and active.I’ve always wanted to try yoga!~Sierra<3

  15. flowergirl101

    Posted by flowergirl101 on June 23, 2013 at 15:21

    I love Pilates!! I do it once a week , it’s great! 😀

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by jlm on June 16, 2013 at 12:20

    I dance and it’s SUCH a great way to exercise! I love it 🙂

  17. Emi

    Posted by Emi on June 15, 2013 at 23:20

    Lol Nicole, you do zumba?! My mom has the dvd set for that. I highly recommend Turbo Jam. You burn a lot of calories and after a week of doing it, you’ll get so use to it, it won’t feel like exercising! I do it to lose weight and relieve stress.

  18. vsmith21

    Posted by vsmith21 on June 14, 2013 at 11:04

    step aerobics are good and they work up a sweat

  19. caramel_99

    Posted by caramel_99 on June 13, 2013 at 12:03

    Kind of like the concept of Zumba, me and my sister play Just Dance 3 on XBox Kinect on Sweat Mode. It’s really fun.

  20. Project Inspired

    Posted by SammieGirl17 on June 30, 2012 at 09:30

    You could also take a tumbling/gymnastics class. Im on a tumbling and trampoline team, and its really fun, and great excersise!!

  21. Project Inspired

    Posted by vd726 on May 7, 2012 at 23:50

    I wanted to lose weight so I started running…four days later I stopped and haven’t started since. Oops! But my most effective excercise: joining a musical!! I made a musical last summer and lost a lot of weight! (AND I was even eating two dinners at that time: one before and one after rehearsal because it was such a good workout I was always hungry after).

  22. Project Inspired

    Posted by CakeyPotter on March 4, 2012 at 12:49

    I love these ideas! You forgot to add Ice Skating for those of us who live up north, though xD But many of these things are hard for me to do because I don’t have a driver’s license and my parents can’t get me rides most of the time… I’ll try and do the workouts I can do at home, though. Which pretty much leaves jump roping, hula hoop, and pilates… And once summer arrives, I can go swimming, too. So basically I can only do jump roping because I’ve never been able to hula hoop and pilates requires supplies that I don’t have. Well, I’m off to jump rope in the garage in 30* weather… Gotta love being too tall to do it indoors >.>

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Rzion on April 1, 2012 at 07:48

      For a while, I took a karate class, and i lost weight and gained a better appetite and i felt very good. But, thanks to the economy, we dont really have the money to do that anymore, and honestly, I hate hardcore excercises. Theyre boring and strenuous. At least if youre having fun while you’re working out, you dont notice if youre sore or really tired until later–your having too much fun to tell! 🙂

  23. Project Inspired

    Posted by divegirl on February 28, 2012 at 17:14

    I just realized now how long it has been since I have been roller blading… maybe it’s time to break out the skates and hit the rink with some friends! Thanks, Nicole!!! God Bless!!

  24. Project Inspired

    Posted by Countrygirl212 on November 6, 2011 at 10:09

    Id love to get an xbox 360 with a kinect and the dance dance revolution game! lots of fun and it has mass appeal. A wii would be just as fun though! There’s wii fit, wii play, wii sports, tons of games that get you moving!

  25. Posted by on September 7, 2011 at 16:23

    Oh my goodness I am surprised that you put DDR! I have been obsessed with this game for about 5 years, and I thought people forgot about it! It’s so good for you, I get so much exercise!

  26. Posted by on August 20, 2011 at 21:57

    Just thought id throw this in. i hate doing boring workouts like going jogging or something. a few weeks ago i went to a CIY conference in corvallis oregon and we had to walk every where and my legs were really starting to hurt. and i didnt figure out why till the end of the week. one of our seniors in out youth group had group this thing called a Slack line. you tie it up between two trees then you try to balance and walk across it. and believe me its harder than it sounds. well i found out its a really good core workout and its amzingly fun and crazy to try with friends. goggle it. i guarantee you lovee it!

  27. Posted by on August 5, 2011 at 14:38

    ahhh i have the fitness game for the xbox kinect and i LOVE it:)
    you can “take” different types of classes including tai chi!!

  28. Posted by on August 2, 2011 at 19:54

    I am a huge fan of your website and I totally love the questions you adress. I love this question also and was just wondering… do you have any tips for weight loss? I do ballet every day of the week at least 2 to 3 classes a day also but still dont feel like I am a healthy weight!

    • Posted by Nicole on August 7, 2011 at 16:12

      If you’re doing ballet, you do NOT need to lose weight!! that’s what ballerinas think, that they have to be skinny skinny skinny! God created you to have a few curves, to embrace your body! please don’t diet- I can tell you’re already perfect. 🙂

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by Fiel on December 10, 2011 at 18:18

        I dance also! I do ballet, Jazz, Modern,…etc. I dance for about 11 hours and 30mins. every week! My friends who dance with me are always talking about how they need to lose weight!! It’s CRAZY!! I see how beautiful they are and how different each one of them is made and think they are all pretty! I try to tell them that they are beautiful but some of them just won’t listen! They are always comparing their own bodies to others! It’s sad!

  29. Posted by on August 2, 2011 at 15:04

    I hate excercising but when i find myself sitting around with nothing to do, I make myself run up and down the staircase which is good exercise. It’s pathetic how out of shape I am tho haha

    • Posted by Nicole on August 7, 2011 at 13:34

      no you aren’t! That sounds like a great way to amp up your heart rate, which in turn burns calories!

  30. Posted by on July 24, 2011 at 13:31

    thanks for these tips I have the Zumba game and it’s so much fun you sweat ALOT so I always have bottled water with me and it’s so much fun I always forhet that I’m exercising!!

    • Posted by Nicole on July 25, 2011 at 23:19

      whats the name of the ZUmba DVD? I HAVE to get it!

  31. Posted by on July 18, 2011 at 10:10

    I used to be in a jump-rope club, and now I use my mom’s old dance DVD. 🙂

    • Posted by Nicole on July 18, 2011 at 11:11

      that’s so cool, I bet it really burned major calories!

  32. Posted by on July 18, 2011 at 05:32

    I love to workout! I’m one of those strange people haha, wouldn’t it be awesome if we all lived near each other and could have a “Praise God” workout all together?

  33. Posted by on July 17, 2011 at 13:16

    I love these Ideas. I’ve done most of these and they are kinda fun.

  34. Posted by on July 17, 2011 at 09:09

    thanx nicole!!!!! another good idea is running outside with your pet dog if u have one!!!!!!! or doing a sport that you love!!!!! it’s fun too 🙂

  35. Posted by on July 16, 2011 at 19:09

    I want to start jogging/running regularly(:

    • Posted by on July 19, 2011 at 09:30

      me too! it would be great if i can get into a regular workout routine.

  36. Posted by on July 16, 2011 at 17:52

    Cool!! Since icant really go to a gym because it costs money,the at home ideas are great!! Love ’em!!

    • Posted by Nicole on July 17, 2011 at 11:58

      I’m so happy! You can also get Zumba DVD’s for really cheap at Target so you can do the dance at home too!

      • Posted by on August 8, 2011 at 14:59

        I didn’t want to buy a Zumba DVD in case I never used it (that’s how I usually am with exercise stuff) so I just looked up vids on YouTube. It’s pretty fun, but way harder than I thought it would be haha

  37. Posted by on July 16, 2011 at 16:37

    Thanks! I hate working out! But I’m a lil on the big side, naturally though. My entire family is rather large, and with this I don’t need any videos! 😀

    • Posted by Nicole on July 17, 2011 at 11:59

      I’m so happy you found this helpful! what was your favorite tip?

  38. Posted by on July 16, 2011 at 16:19

    yea, i love these! maybe i could add, invest in a wii! they will definitely help! i have one, and you need to buy special disks for them, but it is so worth the price! there are plenty of fun games that help you lose weight-running; hula-hooping; and many more that make exercizing look fun =)

    • Posted by Nicole on July 17, 2011 at 11:59

      that’s such a great idea!! the wii is so fun!