Exercise Alternatives-13 Physical Activities that Aren’t Quite Working Out

No one wants to work out every day, and it’s alright to take a day off from time to time. However, if you can convince yourself to do some type of physical activity on the days you don’t exercise, you’ll be taking a big step towards lifelong health.

1. Take the Dog for a Longer Walk Than Usual


Having a dog means that you have to take it on regular walks. The dog needs to go out a few times a day, so you’re stuck taking him out. But on occasion, do yourself (and your dog) a favor and enjoy a long stroll together. Not only will you get the benefit of a long

walk, you’ll also (more than likely) have a worn out dog when you get home.

2. Play in the Yard with the Kids

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Whether you’re playing tag, hide and seek, or catch me if you can, running around the yard with your kids is a joy unlike any other. Not only are you getting in a little physical activity on the sly, but you might also end up with some kids who need a nap when you’re done playing.

3. Go to the mall


This can be a little dangerous, especially if you’re a shopaholic, but going window shopping at the mall can absolutely burn a large number of calories. Another option is to get a few friends and go on a mall photo scavenger hunt, which is fun for everyone.

4. Go Work in the Yard/Garden


Raking, weeding, edging, planting, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing (except riding on a mower), if you’re working in the yard you are probably burning calories. Not only that, but it makes the house look nice when everything is spruced up.

5. Housework


While most people won’t confuse housework for fun, it is possible for housework to double as a physical activity. Running the vacuum, sweeping, and mopping all require movement and core stabilization.

And lugging a full laundry basket up and down the steps? That works too.

6. Go for a Bike Ride


This can be a fun little family outing on a sunny day. Whether you just go around the block a couple of times, or plan a bit longer route, a family bike ride is a great way to incorporate some physical activity into a family outing.

7. Head to the Bed Room


Let’s face it, sex is good for you. It helps to strengthen your relationship with your partner, and you can definitely break a sweat and increase your heart rate in the process. There are a number of other health benefits of having sex for both men and women.

8. Play Video Games with Your Kids


No, sitting on the couch with a controller in your hand doesn’t constitute physical activity. But with new motion capturing technology such as Nintendo’s Wii or the Xbox Kinect, you can actually get your heating beating a bit faster after a little while of gaming.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a quick clip of me playing Dance Central at home.

9. Dance


You don’t need a video game to get dancing, however. All you need is a stereo turned Up with your favorite tunes, and let the music move you. Another option is a Zumba DVD or class.

10. Jump in the Pool


Swimming has always been a great form of exercise, but even just splashing around in the shallow end is a good form of physical activity. If you don’t have pool access, try a beach or river nearby, and make a family outing of it.

11. Head to a Theme Park/Carnival/Fair


Spending a day walking around at a theme park or fair is a fun time for most people. The people watching is usually fantastic, the animal barns are a smelly treat, and if there is a demolition derby at night, it’s tough to beat.

12. Go Canoeing or Kayaking


Another great water activity involves paddling something that floats. Spend a day kayaking or canoeing, and your abs will more than likely get one of their best workouts ever. And you won’t even do a single crunch.

13. Play Basketball/Tennis/Racquetball, etc


Getting some friends together for any activity is always more fun, but if there is even the slightest hint of competition, it often adds to the excitement.


Sticking to your exercise routine is certainly ideal.

But when life gets in the way, use some of these ideas to stay active anyway, which is the next best thing to ideal.

What other types of physical activities am I missing? What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments.


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