Regular exercise is a key component to a healthy lifestyle. But besides treadmill running and weightlifting, is there an alternative exercise that can get you excited to sweat?
A study with more than 12,000 participants observed the effects of exercise on dental health. Those who exercised consistently had healthier gums and fresher breath, compared to those who didn’t exercise.
If you find the typical gym regimen boring, don’t do things you dread. Try an alternative exercise instead!
Here are 3 workout alternatives to pump you (and your interest level) up!
1. Run a (dance) fever.
If running on the treadmill sounds worse than running your nails on a chalkboard, bust a move with this new body-boosting trend—treadmill dancing! Break out the beats and hip-hop your way to a healthier you! Watch the video below for some routine inspiration.
*PRO-TIP: Music in general can enhance every one of your workouts! Auditory stimuli can motivate our brains while we sweat, thus making exercise more enjoyable, according to a new study published in Psychology of Sport and Exercise.
2. Kill 2 “chores” with 1 stone.
Many view a daily workout as a chore. Why not turn 2 tasks into one? Go for the housework burn! The more effort you put into cleaning, the more calories you’ll burn. One easy strategy is to alternate your housework between levels. For example, vacuum the basement carpet, and then make the bed upstairs. The constant stair climbing will ensure a spick-and-span sweat session.
3. Cirque du sweat.
Trapeze workouts are soaring in popularity. There’s no wonder why: Trapeze training focuses on multiple muscle groups at the same time. With more than 100 training schools in the U.S. alone, it’s easy to swing into the trapeze world. If you’d rather trap in the comfort of your own home, try one of these swing slings.
Go ahead—skip the gym! Which workout alternatives are you excited to try? Here’s some more inspiration to get you moving at the office.