Going to The Gym is Boring

Want to stay active, but hate going to the gym? If you're bored with running on a treadmill like a hamster in a running wheel, then these alternative activities are perfect for you. Don't worry. These are not fake workouts and chances are that you can find establishments offering them in your area. The best part is that they are perfect as an after work activity, and can double as a social outing with friends.  


Yoga poses are great to strengthen and relax the body, however there's a lot more to yoga than that. Derived from the Sankrit word ‘yuj’ which means ‘to unite or integrate’, yoga is a 5,000-year-old Indian body of knowledge. It's all about harmonizing the body with the mind and breath through various breathing exercises and yoga poses. Plus you'll have more flexibility and stamina which, according to Sting, comes in handy during certain activities. 

Brazilian Jiu - Jitsu 

This hot Brazilian style of martial arts is a form of defence that involves grappling, punching, and submission holds. These workouts not only focus on technique but endurance as well, making this a smart choice for getting in shape and learning some valuable self-defense skills as well. Just remember to get those hands registered as lethal weapons after. 

Salsa Dancing 

Salsa dancing involves a lot of spontaneous movements that can work a variety of muscles in your body, including the muscles in your legs, hips, and even your arms. Unlike running, salsa dancing does not negatively impact your legs, but it can help you to burn up to ten calories per minute. Plus, you'll learn some wicked moves for that next wedding reception you're attending.  


The classic boxer’s training program is an extremely intense regimen with obvious results. Filled with running, crunches, jump rope, and sparring, boxing is a great way to get in shape while blowing off some steam at the same time. Despite what you've seen watching Rocky, drinking raw eggs in the morning and punching large portions of beef in a meat cooler is not required. 

Here is What We Like to Do 

Neera, our business development manager likes to get active in her own way. She frequently visits Grand River Rocks. She loves indoor rock climbing for many reasons. Neera states that it's more interactive than the gym, and you get a whole body workout while you climb. It also pushes you to your limits, and if you do it with friends, they are the perfect encouragement for you to climb faster and higher. 

These activities are sure to make you hungry! Be sure to have some Meal in a Jar handy as well since fitness is only half the battle and nutrition is key. 

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