Five Alternative Ways To Stay Fit

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We all appreciate how important it is to stay fit, not just for ourselves but also for our families. However effective simply going for a run, or just working out at the gym might be though, this isn’t always to everyone’s tastes. So, why not try something a little more exciting or interesting? Here’s five such examples for you to consider:


If you want something to do indoors, then yoga is a great exercise option; all you need is a mat and some training clothes. Better still, there’s plenty of free apps and videos online you can watch and copy for your yoga workout. These range in difficulty as well so you can start as a beginner and work your way up to pro level.

BMX Biking

For something a little more extreme, why not consider BMX biking? This is both a cardiovascular exercise and a workout for your core strength as well. There’s different things to try as well such as downhill racing, or – for the more adventurous – learning jumps and tricks. Remember to invest in a quality bike though and top of the range safety gear to ensure you’re protected while riding.


Sticking with the ‘extreme’ vein, parkour (or free-running) is another great workout for thrill seekers. Your physical strength and cardio will be pushed to their limits as you traverse walls, buildings and other urban environments. Again, safety gear is important with these and be aware this is not for the fainthearted.

Zuu Workout

‘Zuu’ is relatively new to the fitness scene, and as the name suggests, this Australian method of exercise has an animalistic edge to it. This is essentially like circuit training but your routine involves you imitating the movement styles of different animals, from walking like gorillas to jumping like amphibians. Definitely one for the extroverts out there.


If you’re lucky enough to live near the coast then you should make the most of this and try surfing. This water sport is great for improving your balance and core strength and is of course incredibly enjoyable to do.


Some of the above like Zuu and surfing can be a great thing to do with the family as well, so you can enjoy the bonus spending time with your loved ones while you work out. So give some of the above a go and put yourself on track to a happier, healthier lifestyle.


About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.

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