Spicy Cardio

Okay, guys – short post today!  Because it’s Friday and it’s my birthday weekend! Woooooooooooooo!!!

Sorry.  I had a “Woo Girl” moment.  I’m better now.

Raise your hand if you’re tired of the same old exercise? Me too!  But you already knew that, I bet.  So I’m here telling you spice it up a little!  Go for the unusual, the unique, the unheard-of (I needed another “u” word).  Here are my suggestions for outside-the-box workouts to torch calories while having fun!

  1. Take a Class.  Check out your local community center, a nearby gym, or just ask around.  I’ll bet you can find inexpensive drop-in classes in everything from Belly-dancing to yoga.
  2. Go on an adventure. Looks up local bike or walking paths.  Sure, walking around your neighborhood would get boring after a couple laps.  But adventuring down a park path or alongside a bay? Awesome!
  3. Check out Groupon. These days, Groupon has a coupon for everything under the sun.  This includes fun workouts!  I’ve seen Groupons for upright paddle-boarding, kayaking, and kickboxing.  I’ve even used the kickboxing one!  This could be an inexpensive way to broaden your horizons.
  4. Rock-climbing. Believe it or not, just about anybody can do this!  Rock-climbing gyms are equipped to help people of all experience levels climb. And good gravy is it a workout!  This is a little pricier of an option – usually around $30 per person – but it is great fun.
  5. Join a Challenge. They have all sorts of “challenges” these days.  You can join a group training for half-marathons/marathons…you could join a weight-loss challenge…you could join a gainer’s challenge (where one competes in putting on muscle mass)…just about anything can be turned into a challenge.  And if you have even the tiniest bit of a competitive streak, a challenge will be great fun and motivation for you.
  6. Go dancing!  You can go grind, gallop, or waltz.  Whatever floats your boat.  But I guarantee there is something for everyone (who remotely likes dancing).  In Seattle, we have Century Ballroom, where my boyfriend and I can go Salsa or Swing the night away for $10 or less per person.  In fact, that’s the first thing on birthday-weekend agenda tonight!

Now. Go forth and MOVE!!

(And stay tuned for a post next week all about why we should all enjoy our birthday cakes…)

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