We are so used to thinking of exercise as traditional weight lifting, crossfit, running, and HIIT just for a few examples. But if you do a little research, you’ll find there are so many more options out there that will get your heart rate up and your endorphins pumping.
If things are getting boring in your normal every day exercise routine, maybe it’s time to think outside of the box and try something a little more untraditional. There are plenty of possibilities out there, but here are 4 that you can explore.
Those who like to march to the beat of their own drum will find this new fitness trend right down their alley. Using an exercise ball on a stand and a pair of drumsticks, you’ll learn how to beat to the rhythm of fast paced songs all while engaging your core, using your upper body as you beat the drumsticks and using your lower body by squatting and dancing.
Your whole body will get involved as you learn to incorporate some dance moves along with it and you can expect to break a sweat in the process. With drumming being very low impact, it’s perfect for all ages and fitness levels.
Obviously this can be done in your own living room, but joining a class and drumming with a roomful of other enthusiasts sure does make it more fun and lively.
Throwball is a popular sport in India, and looks like a fantastic way to combine fun with exercise. The game shares many similarities to volleyball but with some fundamental differences. Each game consists of 2 teams of 7 players with a net similar to a volleyball net between them, but with the court being much bigger. Using a ball similar to a volleyball, the ball is served to the opposing team by throwing it, and they have to catch it and throw it back (with the throw being from the shoulder line or above) without it touching the ground. Unlike volleyball, there is no “”volleying”. Fast paced and full of fun and camaraderie, you’ll find a game of throwball engages your core by bracing your body, uses your upper body when throwing, and recruits your lower body while bracing and moving around the court.
As a lover of volleyball in my younger years, this sounds like something I’d really enjoy trying.
You can learn more about how to play Throwball here: https://www.rulesofsport.com/sports/throwball.html
This one was completely unheard of to me, and probably the most intriguing. Everesting is definitely for those who like a challenge and a goal, and also has the grit to see it through. When you finish, you’re bound to have legs of steel and an enormous lung capacity as well as bragging rights for completing such a feat.
In order to gain a spot in the Everesting Hall of Fame, one must cycle the elevation of Mt Everest without sleeping.That’s 8,848 meters, or 29,029 ft of elevation for those of us who’ve never climbed Everest. Rests and breaks are permitted but you must finish the stint all at one time. The route must be the same hill for the whole ride, and you must reach the summit each time, cycle back to the bottom and climb it again until you reach a combined total of 8,848m elevation.
This is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one. It often takes 24 hours to complete, so you’ll be sleep deprived and your muscles will be stressed by the time it’s over. Just thinking of the quad engagement makes mine burn!
In addition to cycling, a new form of everesting has emerged for the runner. The same rules apply, but it’s accomplished on foot instead of on wheels. Oh the shin splints that would entail.
Check out the rules on Everesting here: https://everesting.cc
Here’s a full body workout for you.
Bouldering consists of rock climbing without using ropes or safety gear, except for the mats laid at the base of the boulders. This sport uses every muscle group in your body as well as incorporates problem solving skills. The difference between rock climbing and bouldering, is that bouldering doesn’t take you too far off the ground and can be enjoyed by those of us who have never tried climbing rocks a day in our lives. It consists of climbing boulder “problems”, which are short routes or sequences of moves that require technique, brains, and strength.
Bouldering can be done indoors at a bouldering gym or outdoors on boulders that are approximately 12-15 ft tall. Finding a group to go with makes this a fun social event, and you’ll probably find that you’re having too much fun to realize how much of a workout it is. Between the upper body strength it takes to the core engagement it requires, you’ll most likely feel muscles the next day that you didn’t even know you had.
All you’ll need is a pair of climbing shoes and a bag of chalk for grip.
If you’re looking for variety in your workout regimen, give one of these a try. There are so many ways to move our bodies and grow stronger that there’s really no excuse not to. Have some fun with it and try something new!