If you want to shape up but can’t stand spending 30 minutes on a treadmill, we’ve got some good news. You don’t have to lift weights, do circuit classes or even have a gym membership to stay fit; all you need is a little time, a friend and an open mind.
“If you don’t love traditional workouts, my advice would be to find a fitness-related activity you do enjoy as you’re much more likely to stick to it,” suggests exercise physiologist Sarah King. “There are some great ways to stay fit, without even stepping foot in a gym!”
Here is our pick of the five best ways to workout that have absolutely nothing to do with sweating it out on an elliptical.
The app: Zombies, Run!
If you get bored easily, need motivation and love a good zombie movie, then is exactly what you need. The concept is beautifully simple: run as fast as you want, while listening to the zombie apocalypse happening around you. But wait … is that a zombie behind you? Run!
This storytelling running app will distract you, make you laugh and might even scare you – just a little bit.
The daily habit: walking
As simple as it sounds, walking is one of the best ways to get fit and it’s free! To up the fitness factor, try including some stairs or hills, and make sure you’re exercising at a pace where you feel slightly breathless. Not only will the fresh air elevate your mood, but also the vitamin D hit will help brain function and physical performance. Listen to a podcast to keep your mind from worrying about your to-do list!
The YouTube channel: Dance Tutorials LIVE
The problem with exercise classes is that you work out in front of other people, which, if you’re new or just a little unco-ordinated, can be really intimidating. We love on YouTube because unlike a lot of other dance channels that assume you have Beyonce-level skills, these guys take you step by step through each move. And you can do it in your lounge room … in your PJs.
The sports event: Coastrek
For those who like a goal to work towards, sign up to Coastrek with three friends and combine fitness with socialising. is a stunning 30- or 60-kilometre coastal trek for the Fred Hollows Foundation. Not only is there a free training program to get you ready for the big event, but because you’re doing it with friends it won’t seem like training; on the day, the spectacular views will distract you.
The website: Hooplovers.TV
One of the best ways to get fit without noticing is to learn hula hooping. Not the hula hooping you remember from school, though. These days hooping has reached a whole new level of cool. Professional hula hooper Deanne Love offers courses via , as well as free online tutorials. Expect to dance, balance and get to know your hoop inside and out!