When it comes to exercise, many people picture going to the gym, becoming a runner, or taking a fitness class. While those are great options for some people, others might have a difficult time finding the motivation to go. Luckily, there are many other ways to get exercise! Let’s discuss six slightly unconventional ways to be active.

Determined woman practicing rock climbing in fitness studio

Hula Hooping

Believe it or not, hula hooping can be a fun way to exercise your abdomen! If you’ve never tried it before, there are plenty of tutorials online to get you started. Once you get the hang of it, hula hooping can be a great workout that can be done from the comfort of your living room.

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is another fantastic way to exercise that can be done both indoors and outdoors. Whether you have a rock climbing gym in your area or opt to scale real-life rock faces (with all the proper safety equipment and training, of course), rock climbing is a great full-body workout that will get your heart pumping.


Rollerblading is a great option for exercising while also getting fresh air and enjoying some time outdoors. Rollerblading is relatively simple to learn, and once you get the hang of it you can cruise around your neighborhood or local park for a leisurely workout.

Dance Classes

Who says exercise has to be boring? If you enjoy moving and grooving, try signing up for a dance class! There are plenty of different types of dance to choose from, so you can find one that suits your taste (and your preferred speed). Group dance classes will offer a rigorous workout and may provide a new sense of community!

Kayaking or Paddleboarding

If you live near a body of water, you might want to try kayaking or paddleboarding as a form of exercise! Paddling engages your arms, core, and even your legs all while enjoying your time on the water.

Recreational Sports

Whether it’s ultimate frisbee, softball, basketball, volleyball, or anything in between, signing up for a recreational sports league can offer varying intensities of exercise while also having a good time and making new friends.

Each of these activities can help keep you active and offer a perfectly good workout without ever going to the gym. Do you have any other favorite unconventional ways to get exercise?