Post originally written by MyProtein, read original article here.
It can be hard to find the time or motivation to spend hours in the gym to achieve that toned physique. However, these 12 workouts are a great way of getting some exercise without even realising it.
1.Head to the theme park
From walking (or running!) to the different rides to tensing your whole body on those big roller-coasters, going to your favourite theme park is a sure way of getting your blood pumping around your body for the whole day.
2. Modern gaming
Thanks to advancements in modern technology, there are plenty of gaming consoles out there that don’t require you to be sat down the whole time. Playing on your Wii or doing some VR gaming is a great way of keeping your body moving while you have fun as you will likely be standing up and moving around the entire time you’re playing.
3. Play with your kids
We all know kids can be super energetic, but that can benefit your health too! Going on a trampoline or playing with a jump rope will not only let you spend some quality time with your little ones but it will also burn some serious calories.
4. Hit the pool
Whether it’s swimming in the lake with your friends or going to the nearest water park, going for a dip in the pool is a great way of getting rid of some calories and strengthening your muscles while you have fun.
5. Go shopping
Yes, this really does count as a workout. Between the walking between shops, carrying heavy bags of your new purchases, and potentially fighting that blonde lady for the last pair of jeans in your size, shopping is a great cardio workout for your body and your bank account.
6. Get outside
Nothing is more different from the atmosphere of a gym than the great outdoors. Whether you go for a hike in the forest, a run around your favourite park, or a stroll with your significant other, getting outside is a great way of breaking up the monotony of the gym. And the best part is it won’t even feel like a workout.
Whether you are exploring a new country or just enjoying your hometown, getting out and sightseeing is a sure-fire way to get some cardio into your day. You’ll likely be climbing a lot of stairs if you’re sightseeing as well so you will also be toning your legs at the same time.
8. Casual football
Most of you will probably already play the occasional game of soccer with your friends just for fun, but did you know that you’re actually getting a great cardio and conditioning workout while you do? So invite your friends over for a casual game more often!
9. Doing chores
From picking up your dirty clothes from the floor to put them away, to scrubbing the bathtub to vacuuming the house from top to bottom, doing chores are actually a pretty good weights workout. And you get a clean home at the end of it – win, win!
10. Get your groove on
Dancing is known as being a great way to shift some pounds without being boring in the slightest. So whether you want to shake your tail feathers at your favourite nightclub, go to a concert and let loose, or just dance it out in your bedroom, getting your groove on with really help you burn some calories.
11. Sign up for a fun run
Yes, you’ll be running a marathon, but why not make it fun? There are ‘fun runs’ all across the country that focus more on having a good time rather than how fast you run 42km where you can run in a costume, in a paint battle, and more. So why not sign up with some friends for a fun run near you?
12. Wear high heels
Ok, it might sound crazy, but wearing high heels for a few hours each week can give your legs an all-around workout. You’ll get in some good cardio from the walking, but the position of your foot in high heels can also activate the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles of the calves more evenly than if you were wearing flat shoes, improving muscle tone and strength. So dig out your stilettos and get strutting.
Take Home Message
These are just a few ways of getting a workout without having to actually do a set workout at the gym, but there are so many more we haven’t mentioned! If you stay active throughout the day, however, you’ll be getting in heaps of cardio without even realising it.