I love swimming when I get a chance. It's a whole body workout and I think it's a lot of fun. Another one that I haven't tried yet, but want to soon is belly dancing. I've heard that it's a great workout, but like I said I haven't tried it yet so I haven't had personal experience on that one.
I live and work in the country, but work in the city one day a week with my family. So, I decided that I want to try something fun, different and active that day after work and invite everyone to try it with me. So my husband and I came up with a list of city activities we could try including indoor rock climbing, putt-putt, swimming, bowling, etc. First try was roller skating, which none of us had done for 25-30 years. We had a blast, but it was harder than we remembered. We decided to do it again.
At Christmas the kids were jumping on the trampoline so I tried it with them. Very fun.
I also signed up for Zumba one day a week and love it. Glad horseback riding was mentioned, as I have been invited to do that. Haven't done that since I was a kid. And a friend invited me to try her Wii Fit. Once I decided, all these opportunities presented themselves!
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Cool on the bouldering & trampolining! Very creative!
When I lost a big chunk of weight, I decided to reward myself with horseback riding lessons. I have always been fascinated by horses but was never exposed to them -- had no idea whether I would like it or be any good at riding.
I've been taking lessons for 5-1/2 years now. It is an amazing sport if you are an animal person. Requires lots of stamina, balance and body control, and even grooming, etc. burns tons of calories. I do English riding with jumping, but there are all kinds of choices. It is a challenging and exciting sport no matter what you choose.
I not only have fun when I ride twice a week, but all of my work stress and any aches and pains are washed away. I completely lose myself in the activity -- if you can find something that does this for you it is the best thing in the world. Keep looking until you find it!
Glad to have you here,I check out Zumba the other day and loved what I saw. As for rock climbing I will be trying that when summer come and the P.N.E.( The Pacific National Park and play ground open up. My GF want to do it there, but we will find a place here to practic.
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Thanks everyone! I was also just thinking of taking a self-defense course - has anyone done that? There's got to be other great ideas to be active without feeling like I'm "working out". What is zumba?
Being active should be fun and energizing!
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Wow, that sounds like some fun!! I like exercise that burns calories but you don't think of it as exercise. I take Zumba and water aerobics at the Y and totally enjoy it!! When I am done I m bummed because it's over!! To just go in the gym and workout is so boring!! Thanks for all the good ideas!!
I think we're in the same hometown - Toronto? Last night I went to the Toronto Climbing Academy on Broadview south of Queen Street. That was where I was first introduced to "bouldering". Because I don't have a "partner" to go with, I couldn't do the rock-climbing. For the trampolining, I'm going to go to the Toronto Circus School http://torontocircus.com/ and see about joining their weekly class. They also teach people how to do handstands (!!!) and interesting things like this - and TRAPEZE. I hope to work up the courage to try that!
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Being active should be fun and energizing!
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Hi everyone! I decided that in 2010 I was going to have FUN while being active. No more forced visits to the gym which I hate and resent (and will find any excuse to avoid). So last night I tried "bouldering" which is indoor rock climbing in cave-like areas. It was FUN! It will definitely build upper-body strength (I suck!) but I felt like a kid at a playground just climbing and not thinking about calories or how many more minutes I would need to spend there... Next up is indoor trampolining. I think things like this call to our inner child who wants to play! I'm looking for a way to learn tightrope walking or something that requires balance. Any other ideas for fun activities would be more than welcome!
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