Fun workouts that don't feel like exercises, but still burn fat

Exercise does not always equal pain

For most of us to find the motivation to exercise can be really difficult. In most cases it is linked with trying to lose weight and that in itself is a demoralizing thought.

What with diet control and calorie counting and now struggling to burn the fat with exercise, it just sounds like way too much work with no forthcoming results.But guess what? Exercise can be fun.

Yes, it really can. All you have to do is stop thinking about it as exercise and start thinking about it as a hobby that you enjoy spending a part of your day on.

Stop focussing on the fact that you have extra pounds gathering on the body and start thinking about how much more stamina you have built up instead.

The only bad workout is the one that never happened!

Grow those flowers
Grow those flowers
Put on your dancing shoes
Put on your dancing shoes
My Walking Partner
My Walking Partner
Can you do that?
Can you do that?
Window Shopping
Window Shopping
Higher and higher
Higher and higher

Think of New Exercise Activities

Here's a list of fun workouts that don't feel like exercises but will still burn fat.

Gardening

It may seem like a rather passive activity, but if you are growing flowers and vegetables in your back yard, you will get a decent work out in the bargain.

The weeding, planting, fertilizing and watering take time and effort. Plus you have a beautiful display to show for your efforts. Well worth trying out.

Dancing

A night out in the town can actually mean a whole lot of calories burning up. Of course you will have to actually work up a sweat rather than just sway to the music.

Even if you don't go out, just record a CD with some of the best foot tapping numbers you know. Now spend half an hour a day dancing to this CD.

Walk and Talk

I hate going for a walk without my cell phone. I use the time I am walking to catch up with the lives of friends and family.

The added advantage to this is that I end up doing more rounds than originally planned because some one I was talking to has not finished the story they were telling me.

Strip Tease

Stop laughing, those girls really work hard at this art. Don't believe me, then try it out on your own. Develop a strip tease routine. Use a Pole dancer's techniques.

Believe me sliding up and down that pole is quite a work out. I know because I tried it once. Plus you can put it to some good use else where :)

Go to the Mall

Head over to the largest Mall in town, and now begin window shopping. Don't take any elevators or escalators. Walk the entire length and breadth of the floor before you climb up to the next level.

Oh, just make sure you leave all your credit cards at home. We want to lose weight on the body and not in the bank balance.

Join a Class

It could be Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Rope Climbing, Kick Boxing, Judo or whatever else grabs your fancy. Just as long as it involves you doing some physical activity.

The regular practice sessions will burn calories, you will make friends and lose weight. Plus when you pay for a class the compulsion to attend it becomes a high motivator.

Leave your comfort zone

Train for an adventure sport that will take you out of your comfort zone. It could be para sailing, hang gliding, jet skiing, surfing, sledging, snow boarding, or any thing else that you have never tried in your life before.

Besides burning the fat and losing calories you will also gain an interesting conversation piece. And the added confidence that comes from mastering a new skill.

So get rid of the notion that exercise is no fun and get out there and pick a work out.

Do What You Enjoy

One of the primary reasons why people give up on an exercise regime is because over a period of time they stop enjoying it. A new class may be a good idea to boost your fitness and exercise regime, but if you begin to think that its too much work, after some time you will begin to resent having to show up for it.

To avoid being stuck with a single activity that you do not enjoy, its a good idea to mix up your fitness regime with a number of different activities. In my case I started out with a cardio workout in a gym, but it became too much effort to show up everyday. Then I switched to a yoga class and while I was doing great things for my muscle tone and mind-body balance, it was not as simulating. That's when I switched over to Zumba for a few months.

The idea is to make sure that you keep moving your body. To stand still is to invite disaster. Ensure that no matter how many hours you need to work in a week, you always clear some time out for looking after the physical body.

Have you ever started a workout regime with enthusiasm and quit within a short time?

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Stay Motivated

One of the primary reasons we lose motivation to exercise is because we think we are not worth the effort. Your own self esteem is what acts as the biggest hindrance keeping you fit and healthy. So the next time you catch yourself thinking, "What's the point of exercising" tell yourself you matter.Stay motivated to keep yourself healthy and fit because if you don't bother to look after your own health, no one else will.

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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

WOW!

Gaining weight due to some serious work on computers, I was looking something like this. I do have some good exercise equipment at home but always reluctant to do that, maybe my muscles won't move or don't feel like moving. LOL

BTW gardening is a new hobby, but its not the hard and serious kind of gardening, still I feel fresh after it like I have done some serious workout.

And are you writing some extremely good hubs lately or I haven't read your previous hubs properly?


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Mezo 6 years ago from Egypt

Nice hub :D I like the different fun options, yeah it shouldn't equal pain! I can also add doing house work or fixing things in the house, going to the beach and swimming..if you can swim! and if there is beach in your city! :D


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Susan Carter 6 years ago

Cool ideas. If you do one a day of each of these it won't even seem like you did any work. Thanks.


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cashmere 6 years ago from India Author

Ultimate Hubber, thanks for the compliment! You made my day.

Mezo house work just did not strike me!!! And I'm a stay at home mom :)

I know Susan one fun workout for each day of the week!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Thanks for the information. We need to keep exercise fun.


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Princessa 6 years ago from France

It's so true that when you do something for fun it doesn't really feel like exercising. I do all of the above -except for joining a class- but I enjoy gardening during the warm months, walking everywhere, dancing the weekends, streepteasing (ok. I won't say any more here) and of course doing strange things every now and again like parachuting!

If it is fun you have more chance to succeed at keeping up with the activity you choose.


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febriedethan 6 years ago from Indonesia

I agree with gardening and go to the mall, really burn fat faster, only don't let the smell from the food court tempt our nose and eyes :) Great hub!


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

Great ideas for burning those calories. Everyday activities that people do and don't realize how good it is for them. I walk 4 to 6 miles every day and do cardio and weight training. Great hub.


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JenDobson27 6 years ago

Cashmere, you outdid yourself on this hub! I really enjoyed reading it and it gave me some great ideas for getting good exercise in a fun way!


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LRobbins 6 years ago from Germany

Great tips! I believe exercise should be fun or you are not likely to stick with it. I've never tried a strip tease class, but I've heard it's a fantastic workout.


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calicoaster 6 years ago

Nice tips! Thanks for sharing.


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PrsnlTrainingBiz 6 years ago from New York, NY

Great Hub. I agree with finding an exercise routine that fits your pleasurable needs as well as health needs. I enjoy rock climbing and parkour, as well as pullups and cycling. Good post!


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talfonso 6 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

Many people think that exercise is just wearing your tank top and doing some pushups! They're wrong - exercise can be as fun as dancing, which you mentioned in this great Hub as wonderful physical activity!


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cashmere 6 years ago from India Author

I totally agree. There is so much fun stuff that can qualify for good exercise routines, you just need to find your own.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I am all for fun exercise. I like using the Wii Fit games too. Great hub.


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immab 6 years ago from Long Island, NY!

i love surfing for exercise -- burns so many calories and yet i'm having so much fun!


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cashmere 6 years ago from India Author

Elayne I have not tried the Wii Fit games, so cant comment on that. In fact immab, I've never done surfing either. Would love to give it a try though!


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MosLadder 4 years ago from Irvine, CA

Great hub cashmere! Not only does exercise not always have to equal pain, but it can be detrimental to your health. Studies show that the longest living people on our planet engage in moderately intense exercise they ENJOY on a daily basis. Voted up!


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cashmere 4 years ago from India Author

Thank you MosLadder, these days my workout consists of climbing up five stories at least twice a day! :)


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MosLadder 4 years ago from Irvine, CA

Well that will do it! I had a similar routine getting in and out of a condo for years.

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