Exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise

Exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise


Burning those calories and improving your health without even realising it? Yes, please! Some exercise is actually surprising deceiving. So much so you might even, dare we say it, enjoy it. 

Get a dog 

What better excuse to get a dog than for your health, right? Not only are they arguably the cutest things in the world, but dogs also force you to get up and about (often a lot earlier than you would normally be up and about). Walking your dog or even just playing with them in the garden, is a great way to burn some extra calories. Being around a dog has also been shown to help boost your mood – no surprises there!

Hit the dancefloor 

You know when you’re out, and your favourite tune comes on, and you transform into a professional dancer right in front of your friend’s eyes? Of course, you do! Well, apart from being the highlight of any night out, it’s also a great form of cardio. Stay for a couple of bangers, and you’ve got yourself a pretty good aerobic workout. 


Okay, hear us out. Hiking might sound like exercise but get a group of friends together (or your new dog), pack up a picnic and get some fresh air. Not only is it a great calorie burner, being outside and close to nature can help to reduce feelings of stress and anger while also releasing muscular tension built up during the week. 

Clean up 

I know, I know, cleaning is definitely the worst option on the list. However, it’s an adulting essential, plus it involves a lot of functional movements and burns calories. Put on your favourite song, turn it up and before you know it your house will be tidier, and you’ll have had a workout. The perfect way to kill two birds with one stone. 

Embrace your inner child 

Back to fun stuff for our last suggestion. You don’t have to be a kid to get out and play. Rather than meeting for coffee your friend for coffee, why not meet in the park and have a kick around or hit up an adult trampoline park. Trampolining is a great way to get a bit of a sweat on and build up your fitness. It might not seem like much, but don’t underestimate the importance of fun when it comes to working out.

Not all exercise has to involve jumping about in your weekly class or hitting up the strength and conditioning area of the gym. What are your favourite exercises that don’t feel like exercises? 


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