Fun Exercise Ways to Keep You Motivated, Active & Burning Calories

There are two types of people who work out; true fitness enthusiasts and those who do it more out of necessity than interest.

With the fitness enthusiast type, exercise is a privilege, an honor and a treat whether it is lifting weights or running a short marathon. For the rest of us, I mean the second group, exercise is more or less torture but the benefits and great results make it all worth it.

The problem with the non-enthusiasts is the fact that chances of getting bored of traditional gym routine and workout are very high. In this case, creativity comes in handy allowing them to find fun ways to get fit.

Below are great exercise ideas to keep you motivated if you happen to fall into this category:

Scenic walking routes 

Walking is one of the most underrated workouts there is and is also among the best exercise alternatives to running. This low impact exercise is actually very effective as far as burning calories is concerned. Taking a walk or a hike through a scenic route is one of the best ways to work out without any risk of getting bored. If it helps things, you can try to make the sessions more about the sightseeing than the actual exercise. Think of it as playing mind games on your own mind. That way, you get to enjoy the great views whether it is a beach, nature trail or mountain viewpoint while also burning calories.


Short disclaimer; you do not have to be a great dancer for this to work. In fact you just might end up burning more calories if you are a horrible dancer. Dancing is one of the most efficient alternative exercises for weight loss and fitness there is. It is also a whole lot of fun. It could be ballet, salsa, hip hop dancing or even goofy freestyles. For more rhythm and focused workouts, you should also consider trying out Zumba.

Parkour and martial arts

Anyone who has tried these two can tell you for free that you will never ever get bored. There is something about being able to pull of the moves on every action movie that pretty much guarantees that you will never run out of motivation to work out. This makes it one of the best options when looking for fun activities to get in shape. In this case, you have a lot of different forms of martial arts to choose from depending on your interests and capabilities.

Physically engaging video games

For all the gamers out there, there is hope for you yet. These days, there are video games available with interactive models that engage you physically. Whether it is virtual tennis or a dancing game, this is one of the most fun ways to exercise at home.


Swimming is another great alternative to boring gym routines and other exhausting workouts. Despite being so fun and essentially simple, swimming is highly effective as a workout regime. In fact it is one of the few exercises that involve the entire body from your arm to your flanks. You also get to enjoy hydrotherapy with the water essentially massaging your sore muscles after your involving workout. This is especially effective if you are working out to lose weight or simply keep fit.

Community service

This is another idea that allows you to kill two birds with one stone. More often than not, community service and charity work involves physical activity. It could be feeding the homeless, volunteer cleanups or even building homes. Whatever the case, you get to work out while also giving back to the community. There is very little chance of you getting bored here.

Caring for a child or a pet

Children are pretty much worse than any strict trainer you will ever work with. The little balls of energy always seem to want to play or run away or do something that will get you up and about. Between changing diapers, rocking them to sleep and chasing them up and down the house, you will have done a lot of exercise. Pets are also very involving especially if you are dealing with a dog. Their need for tender loving care as well as exercise ensures that you get to sneak in a fun and alternative workout that is just as effective as a trip to the gym.

Play a musical instrument

Passionately playing musical instruments like the drums, guitar, keywords or violins for an hour can burn as many calories as walking a mile at a moderate pace. By practicing your favorite instruments for a couple hours every day, you can swap out the boring cardio like running or the treadmill for your passion and not only improve your health, but improve your ability to play your favorite instrument as well.

If you are tired of the old boring workout routines and the workout music constantly blaring in the background at your gym, then the 7 alternative workouts are worth considering. These make working out something fun and worth looking forward to. That way, you will never run out of motivation to keep fit through exercise.

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Smith Willas is a freelance writer, blogger, and digital media journalist. He hold a bachelor’s degree from Florida University and his areas of interest are health and fitness, marketing, latest technologies, travel ideas, mobile tech, politics, and world news.