Working out is not just an adrenaline-pumping thrill for motivated athletes and individuals anymore.
Contrary to popular belief, getting in shape can be a fun activity without dripping sweat, resulting in the feeling of sore muscles and accomplishment afterward. In fact, there are many types of exercises people can participate in without even feeling as if they are exercising in the first place.
Everyday functions and activities such as driving and talking can even burn calories. For example, laughing for 15 minutes can burn between 10 and 40 calories, and the average adult burns around 500 calories when sleeping for eight hours.
Needless to say, barbells, sweat towels and cringing outbursts of anger are not a requirement for a good workout, just a good attitude, determination and a bit of fun-loving energy.
No. 5: Dancing
Bopping to favorite tunes and shaking your hips when out on the town is one of the most energetic methods of exercising, and it can lead to great weight-reducing results if practiced frequently.
For example, an individual weighing 150 pounds can burn 109 calories every 10 minutes while dancing.
Zumba is a fairly new, Latin dance class incorporating intervals of fast and slow dancing with resistance training to produce sculpted bodies in no time. Sessions are one hour long, and the program has become so popular that 7.5 billion people around the world participate every week.
Another popular, more scandalous dance workout (strictly for women) was created by actress and filmmaker Sheila Kelly. Known as The S Factor, participants follow pole dancing routines combining ballet, yoga and striptease techniques to ultimately strengthen the upper body while simultaneously engendering confidence.
However, as our next selection will show, more mundane activities have just as much body-benefiting potential, even though they may lack excitement ...
No. 4: Everyday chores
Everyday chores around the house may not necessarily be voluntary activities, but after a day's work, the completed tasks bring about a sense of accomplishment and the need to relax.
For instance, walking the dog is a necessity for owners as a way to give their pets exercise. However, a 2006 study proved that dog owners received as much as twice the amount of exercise as those without dogs because of additional walking time each week.
Pulling weeds and tilling ground involve twisting and reaching movements and occasionally mighty doses of heavy lifting. Therefore, gardening has also been shown to improve health, such as decreasing the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. Other calorie-burning chores include mowing the lawn, carrying groceries and rearranging furniture.
Mindless forms of entertainment are a welcome change after finishing the day's chores, but nowadays entertainment systems can make you work for your success too, as you will soon see ...
No. 3: Playing video games
Playing video games is not just for coach potatoes any longer. Some video games come with physical extensions besides controllers, and select consoles were designed with mobility in mind.
The popular Dance Dance Revolution game uses a floor mat for players to step on when music-prompted arrows appear on the screen. The game has been incorporated into physical education curriculums and has also been shown to increase hand-eye coordination. Besides assisting with weight loss, Dance Dance Revolution can teach a few dance steps along the way.
Nintendo's motion-sensor Wii system practically requires physical movement by its participants to play games, and Wii Fit and EA Active are fitness-driven programs with aerobic features and personal trainers. Otherwise, simple Wii games like tennis and boxing can break a sweat. Sony's PlayStationMove and the Xbox Kinect system also require you get up off the couch to play your video game.
After mastering a virtual sport, playing athletics in real time is a piece of cake (although consuming a slice is not recommended for maintaining a healthy lifestyle) ...
No. 2: Play some games