You know you should exercise. After all, 30 minutes a day will lower your risk of cancer, along with a host of other diseases. It will also help you manage your weight, and almost definitely make you feel better.
But if you haven’t found that activity you love or you’re sick of the same routine, we can help. Here’s five few weird-looking exercises that can get you moving –and have fun doing it.
1. Move towards the Barre
The trendy, Barre classes are inspired by ballet, but there’s no need to have any leaping or plié experience beforehand. Barre workouts combine stretching and strengthening with balance.
Looks for a Barre class near you, there’s also ways you can try this workout at home.
2. Get muddy with the family – kid’s obstacle races
Make exercise a family activity with the new range of kid-friendly obstacle courses and fun runs cropping up at traditionally adult events. “Mini Mudders” offers kids ages 7 – 12 the chance to try out about 10 different obstacles throughout a one-mile course. Not into the official races? Grab a few household items and some creativity and make one of your own in the backyard.
This latest trend incorporates fitness with the fun – and hard work – of playing the drums. In one of the more popular types of classes, exercisers use lightly weighted drumsticks in a rock out, full cardio routine that incorporates balance and strength training. No need to be musically inclined.
4. Aqua Zumba
Zumba classes on land are so popular they’ve moved into the water. Aqua Zumba can give you a completely new experience. These classes offer many of the same Latin-based dance moves into the water, giving you the aerobic benefits with a lower-impact workout.
Find a class on the zumba site.
5. Retro Walking
Also known as walking backwards, you may have seen people doing this this popular Chinese activity at the gym or in the park. Walking backwards uses different muscles than moving forwards, not putting the same stress on the knee muscles. It also adds a level of concentration to your workout. Some people even run backwards. Of course, if you do either, start slowly and extremely careful. Try it in short spurts if you want.