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5 ideas to put the fun back into fitness

Posted on 02 February 2022


We all know that exercise is good for us, but no one wants to spend hours slogging it out doing something they hate. You’ll get the most out of physical activities that you enjoy, and you’ll keep coming back for more. 

These ideas are primarily cardio exercise, so they improve heart and lung health, but cardio also releases endorphins, so it’s good for your mental health too.  

1. Skipping  

It's no longer only for school playgrounds and boxing gyms – and there’s a reason for that. You can burn a whopping 200-300 calories in 15 minutes. It's accessible to everyone, you can do it at your own pace, and it’s affordable – once you’ve bought your rope, it’s a free workout you can do anywhere.  

How to get started: 

Buy a fitness rope rather than a fabric one as these are heavier, helping them to turn effectively. And try to choose one where the length is adjustable, because they tend to be long. Tesco stocks an adjustable fitness rope for £5 which is perfect for those looking to try out skipping. 

2. Roller skating: 

This great exercise works most muscle groups, yet causes less stress to your joints than running. It's a fun, sociable sport which is a great way of getting the kids exercising whilst having fun!  

How to get started: 

Many public leisure centres offer cheap classes with equipment hire or you can easily find inexpensive second-hand skates online. Also, there are many indoor family skate sessions. 

3. Hula-hooping 

This is a great full body cardio workout that also helps strengthen your core and back muscles. Shake those hips and burn up to 400 calories an hour, or push yourself even harder with a weighted hula hoop. 

You can do this inside or outside: basically anywhere there’s enough space. Why not multi-task by hula-hooping whilst watching TV?  

How to get started:  

Hula-hoop workouts are ideal for every age and fitness level, thanks to the activity being low impact and easily adapted for beginners. A weighted hula hoop will set you back about £15 and are available online from sports shops. 

4. Dancing 

How long has it been since you had a dance to your favourite music? Dance improves your heart health, overall muscle strength, balance and coordination. Make sure you choose your best bangers to get your heart rate up! 

What's more, it’s a quick and easy way to improve our mental health. Many of us are familiar with the great feeling obtained from spending time out on the dance floor. Your mood-boosting moves will leave you feeling energised and happy.  

How to get started: 

Let your hair down, blast some beats, and get moving. Draw the curtains if you’ve got particularly nosy neighbours, and dance like no one is watching.  

5. Frisbee 

Frisbee is a simple way to get moving at the same time as spending time with friends or family. Plus, kids of all ages will enjoy this classic childhood activity.  

Count how many times you can throw the frisbee back and forth without dropping it, and make it more of a workout by asking them to make you run for it.  

How to get started: 

Easy peasy – just head to your local green space with a couple of other people and you’re good to go. If you get really into it, find out if there’s an Ultimate Frisbee team nearby you can join for more fitness-focused fun.  


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