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