We all know that a daily run or elliptical exercise are great ways to burn off calories and keep weight off.
However, as much as we know it works, many of us want to avoid the monotony of running. Even with a TV in front of a treadmill or stationary bike, the routine can be just that.
It can become increasingly difficult to stay motivated through a time-limit or calorie count after weeks of the same thing every day.
What should you do if you want to lose weight but find yourself bored with the same old routine? The answer is simple: choose a variety of activities.
For whatever reason, putting a ball in front of you can make running seem like a more exciting endeavor.
Professional soccer players run an average of five miles per 90-minute match. More importantly, the overall activity involves jogging, sprinting and walking in roughly even amounts.
This means that soccer enables you to work on your cardiovascular, anaerobic, and recovery stamina naturally in a single activity.
Even more importantly, soccer is a fun, communal sport that allows you to engage your creative and strategic brain. You will not see many frequent players who possess much (if any) excess fat or get bored with the sport.
Whether it's karate, kickboxing, or the standard form of boxing, martial arts are a fantastic mix of aerobic and anaerobic activity. Many gyms around the globe have incorporated martial arts classes as a way to afford those who are tired of regular workouts a new avenue of activity.
There are many cardio-boxing and cardio-kickboxing classes that give you an opportunity to focus solely on the stamina portion of the sport. There are also gyms dedicated to the actual disciplines themselves, where you can enjoy the mixture of cardio and strength alongside tactical training.
Boxing and kickboxing especially focus heavily on high-intensity workouts. You can burn nearly 1000 calories an hour. Traditional martial arts also burn high levels of calories while also giving one dexterity and mental/spiritual training. This can help with the dedication to push through your “boring” running and cardio routines.
If you grow tired of the jogging, relieve the tedium by adding the beautiful scenery of nature. Hiking may seem like low-cardio work. However, if you are able to trek at higher altitudes, the body is pushed harder than walking at lower altitudes.
In fact, backpacking for a two-hour trek into high altitudes can end up burning more calories than many running routines. Taking on hills and mountains will also work your quads, calves and hamstrings and help to tone the legs very well.
Hiking is a fantastic mixed bag of workouts. All of this, while giving you an opportunity to take in the beauty of nature, and get away from the daily grind of your normal life.
One of the best overall workouts that exist, swimming works the entire body better than almost any form of exercise.
You must engage every part of the body to both stay afloat and propel yourself through the water. By mixing in the types of swimming you do (freestyle, backstroke, breast stroke), you will give each part of your body the workout it desires. You will also burn a very high level of calories all over your body.
For the summer season, swimming is truly the best as it not only gives you a workout but refreshes the body and mind into the bargain.