Too busy to hit the gym? Staying active doesn’t have to involve boring treadmills, cross-trainers and repetitive workouts. There are plenty of options available these days for busy people to keep off the flab without burning hours at the gym:
1. Try Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is a demanding sport that requires extraordinary upper body strength and agility. With rock climbing fitness clubs mushrooming all across major cities, it is easier than ever to get into this sport. Climbing a wall is far more fun than running on a treadmill or pedalling a stationary exercise bike. Plus, an hour of rock climbing burns nearly 600 calories on average. Half an hour on the climbing wall will leave you sweating, exhausted and clamouring for more!
2. Give Netball a Shot
Combine the speed of basketball with the athletic requirements of volleyball, and you have the sport of netball. The sport places a lot of demands on the body and is ideal for busy professionals who want to stay active but dread the thought of going to the gym. Netball has enjoyed a spell of exceptional popularity in the last few years and netball clubs like Go Mammoth have opened up all across Britain. Play netball for an hour and you’ll burn nearly 520 calories – not bad for an hour’s worth of fun with friends!
3. Train Like a Mixed Martial Artist
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is quite possible the single biggest sports-entertainment phenomenon to sweep the globe in the last decade. Combining elements from multiple martial arts, including Brazilian Ju Jitsu, boxing, karate, Muay Thai, etc. MMA pushes the human body to its limits. It also burns anywhere from 500 to 800 calories per hour. Plus, MMA is far, far more interesting than picking weights off the floor in a gym. If you wanted to get some experience with one of the martial arts that makes up MMA before launching straight into it, you could search for something like “jiu jitsu near me” (or whichever martial art you would like to try) and find a class to join. Having some knowledge and discipline gained from a martial art will help you a lot when you start MMA.
4. Invest in a Walking Desk
The walking desk movement is about to sweep through offices all across the world. The idea is simple: instead of sitting still, you work upright on a desk equipped with a treadmill. As the treadmill moves at a comfortable speed (between 2 to 5 kmph), you burn additional calories, feel more energetic, improve posture, stave off stress and all the other ills associated with sedentary work. Walking desks allow busy professionals to keep off the kilos and stay fit without missing deadlines or sacrificing work for fitness.
5. Cycle to Work
The easiest way to incorporate some exercise into your routine is to ditch the car and bike to work everyday. Cycling is the perfect antidote to 21st century busy lifestyles: a cardio exercise that helps you stay fit while still enabling you to reach your destination on time. Cyclists can weave in and out of traffic jams and don’t have to worry about petrol costs or their environmental footprints. That you can lose weight, keep your heart healthy, and improve co-ordination is just the cherry on the cake!