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10 Awesomely Unique Ways to Work Out

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Tired of doing the same weight-lifting or cardio workout day after day? When it comes to losing weight and getting in shape, your worst enemy is boredom! Working out is already hard enough, but it becomes twice as difficult if you have ZERO motivation to get through that workout.

 

Instead of forcing yourself to slog through the routine you always do, it’s time to mix things up! Get out of the gym and check out these EPIC ways to get in a wicked workout:

 

Sprint Training — 20 minutes of exercise to burn the same number of calories as you would in 45 to 60 minutes of jogging? Yes, please! Sprint training is a High Intensity Interval Training workout involving 30 to 60 seconds of sprinting interspersed with 30 to 90 seconds of rest. The more you sprint, the more calories you burn–up to 400 calories in just 20 minutes!


Rock Climbing –– If you’ve never tackled a challenging rock face, you haven’t lived! Not only is it absolutely exhilarating once you reach the top of the cliff, but it’s a grueling workout just to make the climb. Every muscle in your body will be quivering from supporting your body weight, and you can burn up to 900 calories in a single hour!


LARPing –– Live Action Role Playing isn’t just for geeks and nerds anymore! You can dress up in a suit of homemade armor and challenge your fellow man to a duel. The running, fighting, falling, and acting will be a goofy, hella-fun way to burn calories! (See the movie Role Models for an example of LARPing…)


Dancing –– And by “dancing” I don’t mean the Zumba or hip hop workouts you see in every gym, I mean Tango, Flamenco, Salsa, Bachata, break-dancing, or anything new and fresh. Not just a great cardio workout, but a whole lot of fun as well.


Martial Arts/MMA –– Nothing beats kicking ass and getting a solid workout in at the same time! You may only burn about 500 calories per hour in training, but once you hit the sparring ring and take on an opponent, your calorie-burning increases to as much as 800 to 1000 calories per hour. Add in improved dexterity, enhanced breath control, and an understanding of self-defense, and you have one killer workout!


Hiking –– Instead of sticking with walking or jogging in circles around your park, why not take to the forests and hills around your city? Hike to the top of a nearby mountain, or visit a lake a few hours’ hike from your home. The walk will do you good, and you’ll enjoy some time with family and friends away from the city.


Parkour –– Want to be one bad-ass man or woman? Take a crack at Parkour, the French art of running, climbing, and jumping. It’s an amazing workout that pushes both your cardio and muscular endurance, and you’ll find it’s a whole lot of fun as well!


Commute by Bike –– Instead of trying so hard to fit a gym trip into your day, why not simply cycle to work and back? You can read speeds of about 15 MPH pretty easily, and you’ll find it’s a great way to get in a workout (morning and afternoon) without having to fit any extra gym time into the schedule.


Pole Fitness –– Even men can try this class, though it’s usually aimed at women. Combining sexy pole dance movements with exercise and awesome music makes for an epic workout, and you’ll find that it leaves you tired and sore like any gym training session!


Golfing –– No, not the kind where you casually stroll across the greens and hit the occasional ball. We’re talking the driving range, where you hit those golf balls with all the power you’ve got. Not only will you work on your form, but you can have a whole lot of fun driving those balls and getting in a decent cardio and core workout!


 


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