This website is all about getting in your miles, but we realize that running can get a bit boring from time to time. If you find yourself getting less and less motivated to get in your miles, perhaps it is time to mix it up.
In reality, it does not matter how you get your exercise in as long as you get it in. So, to that end, here are some other forms of recreation that can help you get a great workout.
I say bike riding because if you hear the word cycling, you immediately think about touring bikes. There are a lot of easier ways to get into bike riding though.
A simple cruising bike or mountain bike is inexpensive and can provide you with hours of entertaining exercise. Whats more, it is environmentally friendly. Replace those short trips in your car with a bike ride and you accomplish a lot of different goals. You get some exercise, cut down on greenhouse emissions and you even save some money.
If you want to get into biking, start cheap. Pick up a used bike off of Craigslist or a used sporting goods store for under $100 and if you find that you enjoy it, upgrade in the future.
This one is my favorite activities outside of running.
Kayaking can give you a great upper body workout and can take you places that yo could not otherwise go. It is also an activity that can be quite calming. Do not underestimate the tranquility that you can get being out on a lake in the early hours of the day.
The only downside to kayaking is that there is not a super cheap way to get into it. Cheap kayaks are really not worth the money, so you really need to spend some money on a decent kayak and all of the safety gear. If you want to get into it and money is tight, consider financing your kayak over going cheap.
Expect to spend about $800 for a decent kayak, paddle and life vest.
Want to get that workout in and not even feel like it is a chore? Competitive sports might be the thing for you.
Even if you are not an “athletic” person, competitive sports can be for you. Recreational leagues are there for your participation no matter what your skill level is. Look into recreational basketball, softball, indoor soccer or even dodgeball.
There are lots of rec sports out there, so there is something for everyone. Even better, costs are minimal and could wind up being just a few dollars a game.
It might not sound like much fun but housework can get you up and about. Get exercise while getting some things done around the home.
The best example of this is yard work. A little gardening or cutting the grass can burn more calories than you might think. In addition, you get the satisfaction of getting something done.
If you do not have a green thumb, you can still get some exercise taking care of the home. Clean the house, paint the fence or do one of the million things on your to do list. You can get some exercise and, if you usually pay someone to do the work, you can save some money.
Dancing is perhaps the best way to get a workout and not realize it. You burn way more calories than you think and the time flies by like you wouldn’t believe.
If you do not know how to dance, take a class or simply wing it. It doesn’t really matter how you move to the music as long as you are getting your hear rate up. If you are really self conscious though, look into a dancing video game that you can do from home.