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    18 Ways To Get More Exercise — Besides Just Working Out In Your Living Room

    Kayaking is about to become your new favorite way to put those muscles to work.

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    1. Get those legs moving and go hiking on a nearby trail. Regardless of whether you walk a beginner trail or more advanced one, this lightweight trekking pole can help you exert less energy while you walk and put less pressure on your joints — reduced risk of injury = more opportunities to keep hiking!

    A reviewer using the two poles, which have small circular stands on the bottoms, in a dry climate

    You'll receive the two poles, two storage tips, two asphalt tips, two mud brackets, two snow brackets, a carrying clip, and a carrying bag.

    Promising review: "I bought these about a year ago, and they have been put through the ringer. I live in Grand Teton National Park, so they have gotten me up over 11,000 feet on backpacking trips, as well as day hikes all over Wyoming, Utah, and beyond. I just learned to downhill ski this year, so they have also been my ski poles all season! I'm also a big Nordic skier, and they have the strength for full bodyweight when propelling forward. The adjustable clamps are strong, and that allows me to use them at multiple heights for various activities. Also, the different baskets and attachments are amazing for different seasons and surfaces." —JakeR

    Get a pair from Amazon for $69.97.

    2. Practice your kicks in a family-sized inflatable pool. If you don't have the space for an in-ground pool and you're too tall to swim laps in your inflatable one, holding onto the sides and kicking is a great way to put your core and legs to work.

    A reviewer showing the rectangular shaped pool with three rings in their backyard

    I have this pool set up in my backyard and it's one of the best things I bought this summer. I can't swim but want to learn, and I still wanted to take a dip to cool off on hot days. The first time I decided to use it to practice kicking and attempting to swim, it left my stomach and legs with that glorious feeling of soreness you get after a good workout. I'm 5-foot-4 and the pool was big enough for me to maneuver around in what I hoped looked like good form (again, can't swim but I'm trying here!!!). I'll definitely be going back in to keep practicing those techniques and stay active.

    Promising review: "My daughter desperately wanted a pool, this one exceeded all their expectations. She can swim in it (yes it’s deep enough for a 5-year-old), the sides are firm enough for an adult to sit on the side. It never has that plasticky smell I hate. It has easy drain tubes and doesn’t have BPA in it, which was very important to me. Love the size of this one, it’s bigger than I could have hoped for. Simply love this purchase!" —Cynthia Gatlin

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99+ (available in two sizes).

    3. Grab a jump rope, head outside, and challenge yourself to jump for longer everyday — this adjustable jump rope is perfect for the job. This fun childhood activity is actually a great way to get your heart rate up.

    A reviewer showing the jumprope with a carrying bag

    Promising review: "It is perfect for home and gym workouts. I personally like the quality of the handles which are very comfortable while skipping. It is also very agile and durable in terms of material. I usually do my skipping on hard ground, and it's material is so good that there is no tearing in it. It definitely can be used by anyone regardless of age." —Malav Ajay Mehta

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98+ (also available in a pack of two with two colors).

    4. Take an outdoor walk for around an hour every day. When you're walking outside, you're changing altitudes, going up and down steep inclines, and exerting different amounts of energy without even realizing it. A pair of walking shoes can help keep your feet comfy the whole time.

    A reviewer showing the white New Balance sneaker with gray accents on their foot

    Promising review: "I've said it before and I'll say it again! Not much on fancy but this is the most comfortable shoe I have ever had for either walking, jogging or standing for long periods of time! Absolutely amazing construction!" —JustSesha

    Get it from Amazon for $46.71+ (available in sizes 5–12 and options for narrow, wide, or regular feet, and in three colors).

    5. Go kayaking for an activity that really works out your arms and lower back. Seriously, being out on the water for even just an hour will leave you feeling wonderfully sore. Don't forget to bring this kayak with a padded seat with you.

    A graphic showing a person in the kayak and describing how the kayak also has shock cord straps and an oval hatch

    Promising review: "I’ve had a few kayaks and I always need to use them a few times before I get a feel for them. This kayak is as good as any I’ve had and better than a few. I’m really enjoying this one and would recommend it to anyone. It’s solid and responsive. Now all I need to do is catch a fish. I’ve banged it around and still looks like a champ. Took it out in the ocean last week and never had so much fun!!" —Patrick M Ryan

    Get it from Amazon for $342.98+ (available in two colors).

    6. Give yourself an almost-full body workout with an inflatable paddle board. You'll work your arms, legs, and your core as you paddle through the water and try to maintain your balance.

    A reviewer sitting on the paddleboard, which is partly in the water

    You'll receive the board, an adjustable paddle, a pump, a storage backpack, a waterproof phone pouch, and a removable fin.

    Promising review: "Excellent paddle board. Took it out on the lake this weekend and was very pleased with the quality, looks, ease of inflation and easy to carry. Ten pounds psi was plenty and it glided across the lake with ease. Came with a high-quality extendable paddle, nylon carrying case, waterproof phone case with lanyard, ankle strap for board and nice hand pump with gauge. Did not take long to pump up so I am not going to get an electrical pump. Happy with the product." —Cheryl Tatman

    Get it from Amazon for $176.99.

    7. Follow dance videos on YouTube to get in some cardio while you groove to the beat. Take it outside and get your whole family to join you, too!

    YouTuber The Fitness Marshall doing a dance workout with two people
    The Fitness Marhsall / YouTube / Via

    Find more dance videos from The Fitness Marshall on YouTube.

    8. Dust off your yoga mat and head to the park for some calming, low-impact outdoor yoga.

    A reviewer showing the yoga mat rolled up and being held in place with the included straps

    Promising review: "I just got it today and used it once but it looks great and it’s very comfortable. I used to work at a gym and this yoga mat definitely resembles the best ones we had, which lasted the most. I usually get back pain or knee pain with poor yoga mats so I was a little nervous about this purchase but the thickness and material of this one is great, I didn’t get any pain after my workout." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.74+ (available in four colors).

    Once you get your yoga mat, it's time to find the flows you'll enjoy. Try Yoga With Adrienne on YouTube; she has a 30-day challenge and yoga videos for a variety of lifestyle needs like helping vertigo, alleviating cramps, and just getting an upper body workout.

    9. Ride a bike around your neighborhood to strengthen your legs, hips, and glutes. The mountain-style frame on this bike makes it durable and helps it stand up to almost any road or trail.

    The two-wheel bike with black wheels and a pink frame

    Promising review: "This bike will keep you pedaling with 21 shift gears. It has a good front fork with shocks, which do help when crossing concrete / bumpy dirt roads. It sits comfortably when mounted and is easy to get on or off, and straddle when stopped. You have plenty of mounting area for a rear rack, and if needed a front rack also. Schwinn did a good job on this one!" —Lorenzo P.

    Get it from Amazon for $299.99+ (available in up to three styles, five wheel sizes, and 12 colors) or see other bikes by the brand here.

    10. Lace up a comfy pair of sneakers and go for a run around your neighborhood. Similar to walking outdoors, you'll be powering across a variety of inclines and terrain for an intense workout.

    A reviewer wearing the laced sneakers in gray

    Promising review: "Comfiest shoes I have ever owned and I get so many compliments and questions about them. Great sneaker! Good for running around." —Taylor Samuel

    Get it from Amazon for $16.75+ (available in sizes 5–12 and in 52 color combinations).

    11. Swap out your desk chair for a stability ball so you can engage your core muscles more than you would if you were sitting in a regular chair.

    A reviewer's stability ball near a desk

    Promising review: "I bought this for use as a chair along with a stability base. Really happy with it. Took a while to inflate (although it wasn't hard) but other than that it's been great. I've got a smaller ball that I use for exercise and it isn't nearly as tough. Guess this will last a long time." —Nancy

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in five sizes and nine colors).

    12. Gather your family outside and play a game of Frisbee (this basic one is perfect) — you'll really get your blood pumping when you're jogging around the yard try to catch the Frisbee and throw it back.

    The frisbee

    Promising review: "Basic no-thrills Frisbee....but that’s all you really need." —Kat Mic

    Get it from Amazon for $2.85.

    13. Grab your partner or roommate and get those legs and arms going with this volleyball. Even if you don't have space for a net, you can still practice bumping, setting, and spiking the ball with just one other person.

    A model bumping a volleyball into the air

    BTW, you can get an adjustable-height volleyball net to really up the stakes of the game and play against each other — you'll be moving more and getting even more action!

    Promising review: "Nice material, color and size. I like how it’s soft but not squishy. Some volleyballs can be hard even after air has been taken out to try and soften. Then it just leaves red marks on your arms. This one is perfect right from the start." —Mrs.J.P.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 11 color combinations).

    14. Work those abs with a weighted hula hoop — no, it's not as difficult as you think it is. This weighted hula hoop is easy to assemble and weighs just 2 pounds.

    A model with the green and orange hula hoop around their waist

    I have a similar weighted hula hoop that weighs 2 pounds. I wanted to get back into hula hooping while also getting a bit of a workout in and weighted hoops are a fun way to do that! They aren't as heavy as you'd think but they're weighted enough to make your core work just a liiiiittle harder to sustain the motion. And, I used to jump through hula hoops like a jumprope and the fact that this one is (again) weighted adds to the challenge of jumping through it.

    Promising review: "I bought this hula hoop because I realized what a lazy potato I was and really just needed to get moving. After work I would initially come home and lay in bed before making dinner and then I would fall asleep. Not anymore! This hula hoop is fantastic for adult beginners just trying to shake their groove thing. Now I don’t wait for work to end just so I can get home to my bed, I wait for work to end so I can come home and hula hoop for hours on end. Yes, hours!" —Anonitive

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95.

    15. Set up a compact punching bag in your basement so you can follow along with workouts from your favorite boxing studios on Instagram Live and strengthen and tone your arms. This free-standing punching bag is adjustable so you can get the height that works for you.

    A reviewer showing the adjustable punching bag on a stand

    Promising review: "This is a great punching bag for MMA, boxing, tae kwon do, or any other mixture of stand-up fighting styles. This bag is an awesome tool because its height is adjustable and you can use it for kicks and punches. The inside of the bag is very soft, and I personally use 16-oz gloves. This makes for a very good workout. As far as assembly goes, the design is pretty simple, so it should be easy to assemble." —Aiden Allred

    Get it from Amazon for $215.

    16. Bounce to the beat with a mini, 38-inch trampoline you can set up outside or in your basement to recreate one of those trampoline-based cardio classes.

    A reviewer showing the mini trampoline with six legs

    Working out on a trampoline takes some getting used to. Keep your knees bent when you're bouncing so you can ease up on your joints, and go at the pace that's right for you.

    Promising review: "It has a very decent size and feels very sturdy!! I've only jumped on it for a little bit and I am already feeling the burn, my husband really liked it too!! The only thing you should be aware of is that since it is springs, it does make a lot of noise, but if that doesn't matter it is awesome!! Really great find and at a good price!" —Mollylu

    Get it from Amazon for $76.99.

    17. Or give yourself a little extra space to jump for your cardio with a bigger, up-to-15-foot trampoline.

    The circular trampoline with a safety net around the sides and a step ladder

    You can choose from a 12-foot, 14-foot, and 15-foot trampoline, and it has a weight capacity of 400 pounds.

    Promising review: "We have had our trampoline for a couple years and my kids are on it almost every day. The trampoline is very easy to assemble and seems incredibly durable." —13B F.I.F.I.

    Get it from Amazon for $589.99+ (available in three sizes).

    18. Take your laptop to the kitchen and try a YouTube barre exercise while you wait for dinner to cook. You can just use the sturdy surfaces around your kitchen (like tables and countertops) for stability.

    YouTuber Coach Kel doing a barre exercise
    Coach Kel / YouTube / Via

    Find other workouts from Coach Kel on YouTube.

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