How To Bring Fun Back to Fitness

Are you looking for a way to have fun and get a good workout at the same time? For many people exercise and fun are not usually found in the same sentence.

In fact statistics show that gym membership numbers have increased considerably over the past 10 years, rising from 36.3 million in 2002 to more than 42.8 million by 2011[1] yet 67% of people never used their membership.[2] Not even one day.

So here's a few ideas that might put a smile on your face and give you a fabulously fit body:

1. Pole Dance Fitness. Pole dancing is becoming one of the fastest growing fitness trends across the world. It can be seen in almost every Cirque du Soleil show currently running. It has been featured on Oprah, Ellen, The Doctors, and Conan O'Brien as a fantastic workout. Why is it so popular? It works every major muscle group in your body and anyone, any size, and any age can do it! In fact an hour of advanced level pole fitness can burn over 600 calories! The best part, you can make is as sexy or as athletic as you want it to be! Trust me, you'll never look at a subway pole the same way again!

2. Themed races. Many fun obstacle races are popping up all over the country. For example Run For Your Lives is a zombie infested 5K obstacle course race. Racers, wearing a flag football-like belt with three flags, must make strategic choices over natural obstacles to find the quickest route to the finish line with at least one flag to complete the race as a survivor. Even if you don't "make it out alive", you can still join in the Apocalypse Party, which will feature live, local entertainment, music, vendors, food, beverages, and of course, zombies.[3]

3. Bellydancing. How many workouts can strengthen your core, hips, back, legs, arms, and abdominals while giving you a cultural lesson about the Middle East? If you are lucky to have found an instructor that is versed in different styles, you can virtually travel the world within one class! Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Greece, and beyond... the learning is endless and the workout is fantastic! To quote local celebrity bellydancer Tava Naiyin, "This is a dance that allows women to move in a graceful and feminine way, and it is arguably one of the oldest forms of movement. It is obvious why it continues to explode in popularity, and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon."

4. Be a kid again. When is the last time you played on a swing set? Played kickball? Jumped rope? Ran with your dog at the dog park? Shot a hockey puck into a net? If you have kids, be a participant in what they do. You will get a great workout and create fond memories at the same time. Don't have kids? So what! Leave your self-conscious home and do a few cartwheels in the park. You will leave smiling and few calories lighter!

Whatever you chose to do for exercise, make sure that it is something that is fun! If you don't find yourself anxiously waiting to do it again, maybe it wasn't the workout for you. If you feel inspired and motivated, the rest will be easy.



[2] Club Industry, Club Manager Central


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